1. Get your SUNet ID

Last revision June 24, 2013

Everyone at Stanford needs a SUNet (Stanford University Network) identification, which provides authentication and access to computing resources throughout the university. You will need it to access the School of Earth Sciences servers, general campus computer clusters, many administrative web sites, site-licensed software, and the Axess web site where you register for courses. You can create and manage your SUNet ID at this web site:


Choose your SUNet ID name wisely - you will never be able to change it!

If you are a regular student, faculty, or staff, you will receive a full-service SUNet ID for free access to all campus computer services; you will need to supply your student, faculty, or staff ID and PIN numbers. Certain affiliates and temporary staff get a "base-level" SUNet ID that must be sponsored for full-service to get access to all Earth Sciences computing resources. See the Administrative Systems Affiliation Types and Qualifiers webpage to see who is automatically assigned a full-service SUNet ID.

Visitors and guests can apply for a sponsored (guest) SUNet ID on the "accounts" web page. Normally, your department administrator or research group principal investigator will sponsor you. Tell this person the SUNet ID name you have selected. He or she can then find your SUNet ID on the Sponsorship Manager web site (use the FIND a person link) and sponsor you.

There are two types of sponsored guest SUNet IDs: a no-cost "base-services" guest ID; and a "full-services" guest ID that costs $16/month, which must be charged to a university financial account.

The "base-services" guest ID allows you to access some protected web sites and register your own computer for campus network access.

To use the School of Earth Sciences file server, computer clusters, and poster printers, guests, visitors, and temporary staff need a "full-services" guest ID. A full-service guest ID also provides an @stanford.edu email account and access to the central university computer clusters.

You can change your SUNet password, manage your Stanford email settings or forwarding and setup two-step authentication for specialized services on campus on the same web page where you created the SUNet ID.

Check the SUNet IDs and Services web page for more information about what you can do with your SUNet ID. Specifically, follow the links in the "Related Pages" section on the right side to see how your SUNet ID enters inactive status after you leave the university. Once inactive, you lose all access to university computing services, including email (at your @stanford.edu address), email forwarding, and connections to the School of Earth Sciences file server.

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