What is a NetID? When will I get my NetID?


Your NetID is the username associated with your accounts for the University of Tennessee. It also makes up the first part of your University email addresses, NetID@utk.edu, NetID@vols.utk.edu, and NetID@tennessee.edu


If you do not know your NetID, you can find it by searching for yourself using the UT Online Directory at https://directory.utk.edu. Your NetID will be listed in the upper right-hand corner of your directory entry along with your preferred UT email address.


If you have been admitted and cannot find yourself in the UT Online Directory, please follow these instructions:

  • Undergraduate Students
    Log in to the VIP website.  Your NetID will be assigned and available once Admissions has updated your record. If you have trouble logging in, please contact One Stop for assistance.

  • Graduate Students
    Log in to the Graduate Admissions website.  Your NetID will be assigned and available once your record has been updated*.  If you have trouble logging in, please contact Graduate Admissions for assistance
    *Students accepted into the College of Law and College of Veterinary Medicine will need to contact their respective admissions offices for this information.

Some faculty/staff members also asked to be suppressed in the directory.  If you have asked to be suppressed, you will be unable to find your name by doing a directory search.  Please contact the OIT HelpDesk at (865) 974-9900 for further assistance.


The department must process paperwork and submit it to Payroll for new faculty/staff to be added through the normal processes. New faculty and staff may not be entered into the system for 2-3 weeks after they start.

New employees can request to be added to the database early by submitting a Sponsor a Person for OIT Services form.  The request must be approved by a Dean, Director, or Department Head before it will be processed.

Can a contract worker or someone who is doing work for the University, but who is not on the University payroll, get a NetID?

Persons who are working for the University, but who are not on the University payroll (e.g. researchers, contract workers, visiting/adjunct faculty), can get NetID, VPN, and network access by having their department fill out a Sponsor a Person for OIT Services form.

These users will be assigned a NetID, will be entered as a member, and assigned a left UTK date.  At the end of the fiscal year (June), if the user still needs access to UT resources, then their department must submit a Sponsor a Person for OIT Services form for the new fiscal year.

Requests must be approved by a Dean, Director, or Department Head before they will be processed.

Please note that an email account, UNIX account, IRIS/SAP access, etc. IS NOT created during this process and must be explicitly requested.

First Time Password Setup

First-time users can set up their NetID/UT Email/Active Directory password online.

  1. Go to https://directory.utk.edu/setup.
  2. Enter your NetID, your UT ID Number*, your birthdate, and click continue.
  3. You will be prompted to set up 3 security questions.   You will be asked to answer these and verify the answers.
  4. You will then be prompted for a new password.

Your new password will take up to 15 minutes to take effect.

*Your UT ID Number can be one of 3 numbers.  Any of these numbers should work to use this tool.  The numbers are (1) your Student ID Number which begins with a 000, (2) your Employee ID number, i.e. 123456, or (3) the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number.


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Thu 12/17/20 10:19 AM
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