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Information for New Students

  • Recommended Technology for Students
  • Create a myUMBC Account
  • Your Password
    • How do you change your password
    • Hints for creating a secure password
    • What if I Forget my Password
  • Your Campus ID
    • What Is The Difference Between my CampusID and my Username
  • What is a LIMS number
  • Computer Labs
  • Wireless @UMBC
  • Personal Web Space
  • Residential Network (ResNet)

Recommended Technology for Students



  • Core 2 Duo Processor
  • 3.0 GB RAM 
  • 160 GB Hard drive 
  • 256 MB Video Card 
  • DVD +/- RW
  • Internal NIC (network card) 
  • 802.11g wireless card (internal) 

Minimum Specs
  • Core 2 Duo Processor
  • 2.0 GB RAM 
  • 160 GB harddrive 
  • 128 MB Video Card 
  • DVD +/- RW 
  • Internal NIC (network card) if on-campus
Suggested Specs
  • Core 2 Duo
  • 3.0 GB RAM 
  • 250 GB Hard drive 
  • 256 MB Video Card 
  • DVD +/- RW
  • Internal NIC (network card) if living on-campus



  • 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
  • Apple Care Protection Plan
  • 4.0 GB RAM 
  • 250 GB Hard Drive 

Minimum Specs
  • Dual Core Intel Processor
  • 4.0 GB RAM
  • 250 GB Hard Drive
  • DVD +/- RW
  • Internal NIC (network card) if living on-campus
Suggested Specs
  • 3.06 GHz Duo Intel Processor
  • 21.5" Display
  • Apple Care Protection Plan
  • 4.0 GB RAM
  • 500 GB Hard Drive

Create a myUMBC Account

You will need:

  • A computer with Internet connection
  • Recent UMBC Photo ID OR your CampusID

To register for a myUMBC account just follow these steps:

1. Go to http://accounts.umbc.edu
2. Click the link labelled Create My Accounts on the 'My Accounts' section
3. Enter Campus ID and Birthdate. Click Login
4. Select a username from the list provided by the system
5. Read account agreement
6. Select 'I Agree'/'I Disagree'
7. Create a secure password
8. Set a security question

a. Enter an alternate (non-UMBC) e-mail
You can associate a preferred external email address with your myUMBC account. This will be used to send password reset tokens to in the event you can't access your UMBC email accoun
b. Enter cellphone
c. Select 3 security questions
By pre-registering your security answers this will enable you to reset your myUMBC account remotely.

Your Password

  • Must be kept secret
  • Must Not Be Shared With Anyone
    UMBC staff will not ask you for your login information. DO NOT provide this information to anyone.
    There have been occasional Phishing attacks against UMBC account holders where people try to get your to send your username and password back to them fo some emergency reasons. Do NOT do this. UMBC will never officially ask for this information.

How do you change your password?

  1. Log into myUMBC (http://my.umbc.edu)
  2. Click Profile under the Personal menu
  3. Click the Change my Password link under Online Info section.

Hints for Creating A Secure Password

Passwords should be at least 8 characters long and must consist of characters from at least two of the following groups

  • Upper case letters A- Z
  • Lower case letters a - z
  • Numerals 0 - 9
  • Punctuation characters + - = ! < > ? & [ ] ^ / ! %

What If I Forget My Password?

  • Call the Help Desk at 410-455-3838
  • They will ask you for your campus ID and an alternate e-mail
  • They will send a password reset link to this alternate e-mail address

Your Campus ID

The basic role of your UMBC Campus ID (a.k.a.Campus Card or Red Card) is to establish an individual's identity as a member of the UMBC community. A full range of security measures are in place through the Campus Identity Management System to see that your identity is well protected. Your id is a unique, random, 2 alpha, 5 numeric identifier that is incorporated into the Campus Card database and appears on the face of the UMBC Campus Card. The magnetic strip identifier, which will not be displayed on the card, is also a random multi-digit number unrelated to the user's Social Security number.

Your campus ID card can be used for social, sporting and cultural events. On the academic side, it is used to validate identity in some testing/exam situations. It facilitates and supports basic activities such as cashing checks at the Campus Bookstore, visiting a friend in the dormitories and using University Health Services. It enables access to many campus events and use of many available services.

To verify if you already have the new ID, you should have the following information printed on the card (see sample images below):

  • Full Name
  • Campus ID - made up of two letters followed by five numbers; will take the place of SSNs as a unique identifier
  • UMBC Status/Affiliation - for example - faculty, staff, or student
  • LIMS No - used for Library loan services

What Is The Difference Between my CampusID and my Username?

Your CampusID is a unique ID that is assigned to you once you become a student at UMBC. CampusIDs are randomly assigned and can not be customized or changed. It is in the format of 'AB12345'. You will use this CampusID when doing business at various locations on campus (e.g. Registrar, Bursar etc.). It is designed to replace your SSN as a unique identifier.
Your CampusID can be found:

  • On your Red Campus Card
  • On myUMBC under the Personal Profile
    Your UserName is the login name that you chose when you created your myUMBC account. This is the account name you will use to login to various services on campus such as myUMBC. It is also your primary e-mail address. e.g. UserName@umbc.edu

What is a LIMS Number?

This is your ID number that you use to access Library resources and online databases.

Computer Labs

DoIT maintains and operates over 20 computer labs at UMBC. Of these most are classroom labs with instructor units connected to a data projector with screen. These labs can be scheduled in advance by professors and some student groups for a single event or as the regular meeting place for a class.

Schedule's for each DoIT computer classroom are posted on the outside of each lab and outside of the Help Desk ENGR 020, if nothing is listed for that particular day and time then the lab is considered an "open lab" that anyone can use. Full time open labs can be found in ENGR 021, ACIV-219 (the IMC), and in the basement of the library.

The majority of our labs are currently running Windows XP and Linux in a dual-boot system but we also maintain Macintosh OSX (10) units as well. All the labs run the Microsoft Office Suite and web software as well as a wide range of department specific programs.

If you need additional software placed on our lab computers please drop it off, along with complete documentation and license information to the DoIT Help Desk located in the ENGR building room 020. Software in our labs must be fully licensed for as many computers as you need and is generally the responsibility of the person or department requesting the programs. Please allow at least three weeks for testing and implementation as not all programs are compatable with our software images.

As the people using our facilities, we would like to hear from you. Please send email to labs@umbc.edu with any suggestions, questions, or comments.

Wireless @UMBC

Wireless networking has quickly emerged as an essential part of UMBC computing, helping faculty, staff, and students enjoy mobility and ease the Ethernet cabling demands that often make it difficult (even impossible) to place computers in certain locations. Our wireless implementation uses the 802.11G standard to transmit and receive data, all without the hassle associated with cables and data jacks.

Before you are able to use UMBC's Wireless Network, a number of steps will need to be taken.

  • Your laptop will need to be equipped with a compatible Wireless Access Card (if not inbuilt into the laptop).
  • Your laptop should have adequate anti-virus protection with auto updates configured daily. UMBC uses McAfee Anti-Virus Software.

Official Wireless Networks Supported at UMBC:

  • UMBC Campus This network requires a myUMBC account to login and will provide access to general campus network services
    • Once connected to 'UMBC Campus' you will need to open a web browser and you will be immediately redirected to the wireless login page. Once you login, you will be granted basic network and Internet access rights
    • Java Script Must Be Enabled to Login
    • Mac Users Should use Safari to Login
  • UMBC Visitor This network does not require a myUMBC account and can be used for basic web and e-mail access only. Anyone with a myUMBC account is enocuraged to use the faster authenticated, less restricted  'UMBC Campus' Network.
    • Bandwidth is Limited
    • Peer-to-Peer is Blocked

Personal Web Space

http://userpages.umbc.edu/~<insert your username here>

Students can author their own personal web pages - the University provides web space on its central UNIX machine as part of the myUMBC account. Store personal web pages on this account for public or private viewing.

Residential Network (ResNet) Overview

ResNet provides access to the University network and the Internet to members of the University living in University accommodation. 

ResNet service includes:

  • Access to high speed Internet connection
  • Support from the OIT Help desk by email or free phone call to help you connect to and use the service
  • Software including an email package and anti-virus software
  • Access to services on the Internet including email, web, instant messaging, Library resources, etc
  • Access to facilities on the University network
  • The rules and policies governing the use of UMBC's ResNet are mostly based on the concept of personal responsibility. Each user is responsible for all network traffic generated under his or her authenticated username. This means that it is the user who is personally responsible for maintaining the security and integrity of his or her desktop system, personal email account, network port, and related passwords.


It is also every user's responsibility to be familiar with the current Terms of Use for ResNet - you will be held responsible for all of them. Please take a few moments to read them if you haven't yet this semester. Use of UMBC's Residential Network is a privilege and it is incumbent upon all users to act responsibly to maintain their access. By connecting to ResNet, you agree to abide by all laws and ordinances set forth by the local, state, and federal law; all rules and policies set forth by USM and UMBC; and all guidelines set forth by OIT. This includes all Acceptable Use Policies for computing.