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Accounts for incoming and graduating students

When do new students get NetID, email and Blackboard Learn accounts? How long do graduating students keep access to their accounts?

When do new incoming students get accounts?

Accounts are created in stages as you progress through the steps prior to matriculation: Admitted, Accepted and Registered.


Stage What you get: What you can do at this stage: What you can't do yet:
Admitted:  You have been admitted to your degree program.  You are still considering whether to attend Downstate. NetID account Log into the Banner student information system (if you have a financial aid package to consider)


Blackboard Learn

Microsoft Office

Campus WiFi

Accepted: You have accepted a spot in your program by paying a deposit

Email account

WiFi access

Blackboard Learn account

Log into email, configure your password self-service

Download and install Microsoft Office

Connect your laptop, tablet and phone to campus WiFi

Access courses on Blackboard Learn


Registered: You have registered in Banner for at least one course Courses in Blackboard Learn

After you register for a course, daily automation enrolls you into that course's site in Blackboard Learn.  Note that you can see them listed but will not be able to enter courses until they become available during Preview Week (one week before scheduled start of classes).

Access courses in Bb Learn before the semester until Preview Week begins (the week before the scheduled start of classes)




How long do accounts remain active after graduation?

Your NetID and email accounts will remain active for one year after graduation. 

Your student license for Microsoft Office will expire shortly after graduation.

You will receive notification as the termination date approaches.