About NetIDs

What is a NetID?

A NetID is the username all students and employees are given when becoming a part of CT State Community College. A NetID will allow access to:

  • Log onto college-owned computers on campus.
  • Access your college Microsoft 365 account, including email, OneDrive, and Office suite.
  • Access your student and/or employee information on myCTState

Where can I use a NetID?

  • NetIDs are used across all campuses of CT State Community College.
  • If you have never enrolled in or been employed by CT State, you will automatically be assigned a NetID when you complete the application or hiring process.
  • Once you have been assigned a NetID, you will then use that same NetID within any future CT State campus you enroll or work in.

What does a NetID look like?

NetIDs are formatted slightly differently based on your role at CT State Norwalk, please click the tab that matches best.

If you were a former student who has now become a staff or faculty member at CT State Norwalk, please click the Employee tab below.

Your NetID is a combination of the eight digits of your Student ID followed by @student.commnet.edu

Your Student ID is an eight (8) digit number preceded by the @ symbol. You are automatically assigned a Student ID when you complete the application process.

A Sample Student NetID

If your Student ID is @12345678 then your NetID is:


Your NetID is a combination of the eight digits of your BannerID followed by @ncc.commnet.edu

Your BannerID is an eight (8) digit number preceded by the @ symbol. You are automatically assigned a BannerID when you complete the hiring process.

A Sample Employee NetID

If your BannerID is @12345678 then your NetID is:


What is my default NetID password?

Along with your NetID username, a default NetID password will be generated based on the following information:

  • The first three characters of your birth month with the first letter capitalized. (Jan, Feb, Mar, etc)
  • The Ampersand symbol: & (This symbol is found above the 7 key along the top row of a standard keyboard.)
  • The last four digits of your Social Security Number (xxx-xx-1234) *
  • Your NetID password IS case sensitive.
  • *If you did not provide the College with a SSN, then your default password will need to be reset before you may log into your account. Please contact the Online Helpdesk to do so.

Password Requirements

Because your NetID is an important component of your college role, it is highly recommended you create a strong password to secure it. There are several default security standards imposed on any new passwords. They must adhere to the following requirements:

  • Your password must be at least 8 characters long.
  • Your password must contain at least 3 of the 4 types of characters listed here:
    • Uppercase letters (A, B, C, …)
    • Lowercase letters (a, b, c, … )
    • Numbers (1, 2, 3, …)
    • Symbols (!, @, #, …)
  • Your password cannot contain periods (.)
  • Your password cannot contain any part of your NetID or name.
  • Your password cannot be the same as any of your previous passwords.
  • Please note: Your password will expire every 180 days, requiring you to change it to continue using your NetID. You must make this change before your current password expires, otherwise, you’ll have to reset it.
  • Do not share your NetID login with anyone. Your NetID is a vital aspect of your role at CT State Norwalk. Not only is this a violation of CCC IT policy, but you are exposing your college account information including email, personal details, and/or student grades.

How to reset a forgotten NetID password

You have several ways to reset a forgotten NetID password:

  • Reset your password online
  • Using one of the self-help kiosks located around campus.
  • In person at the IT Helpdesk, E319 (Please have a valid photo ID ready)

Please note: After five incorrect password entries you will be locked out of your account for a period of 30 minutes.

No college employee, including the IT Helpdesk, will request your password. If you receive an email or phone call that requests your password, do not respond to it – immediately contact the IT Helpdesk ( Open a Ticket | 203.857.6800)