How do I activate my ONID account?

Go to and choose “Sign Up For ONID” from the upper-left hand column.

Identify Yourself

  1. Enter your OSU ID Number
  2. Set your birth date
  3. Enter your first name
  4. Enter your last name
  5. Click “Submit”

Read Acceptable Use Policy

  1. Read the acceptable use policy
  2. Click “I Agree”

Set Password

  1. Read the instructions and create a password that meets the restrictions
  2. Enter your password twice
  3. Click “Set Password”

Set Alternate Contact Information

  1. Enter your cell phone number
  2. Enter an alternate email address
  3. Click “Submit. This information will be used to contact you if you forget your ONID password.

Set Spam Blocking Options

  1. Verify that the default spam options are set

You're Finished

  1. You should now be on a page that says, “Your ONID account has been created!” Make a note of your ONID username, email address, forwarding address, if you set one, and the Web address of your personal OSU Web page.
  2. You should also receive email confirmation in your ONID inbox verifying the information displayed on the “Your ONID account has been created!” page.
    For help:

    Visit the Service Desk Web page for the current operating hours and various contact methods including phone, email, live chat and a web-based help request form.

    Registration PIN number

    Students seeking a baccalaureate degree are required to enter a registration PIN number, provided by their academic advisor, upon initially entering the registration system for a term. The registration PIN number is randomly generated according to the advising requirements of your academic college. Registration PIN numbers are only given out by academic advisors.

    International exchange students attending OSU may be provided registration PIN numbers by administrators in those offices to facilitate their registration.

    Non-degree Ecampus students are required to complete the Ecampus Online Orientation. After completing the orientation, they will receive an email that will include the registration PIN number.