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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


WiFi access

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 Brightspace

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

After you register for a course, daily automation enrolls you into that course's site in Brightspace. 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 Brightspace before the semester starts.  Access begins one week before the course starts (Preview Week)

How long do accounts remain active after graduation?

  • Email accounts: three months
  • Microsoft 365 License: three months
  • Banner Self-Service login: one year

You will receive a reminder as the graduation date approaches.