The Class of 2020 Claim Their Identities

For high school seniors who applied to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, there was only one thing on their minds this past Friday – Did I get in?

While students anxiously awaited the answer to that simple question, staff from across the University were working behind the scenes on the logistics of offering nearly 22,000 students admission to the University.

This year, thanks to technological overhauls and increased collaborations between Technology Services, Admissions, and AITS, a major step in the behind the scenes process let admitted students become part of the Illinois family five times more quickly than in years past.

After receiving their acceptance notification, one of the steps that admitted students are asked to complete is to claim their NetID. The NetID is the unique identifier that students (as well as faculty and staff) use to log into online services at the University of Illinois. Claiming their NetID is one of the steps that all students must complete in order to use campus resources such as email, wireless, and online class registration.

In the past, due to older systems and the sheer number of students being admitted, students would have to wait up to 10 days to claim their NetID after being accepted. That’s the amount of time it took for Technology Services to automatically create a NetID for each admitted student.

Thanks to a revised way of creating NetIDs and drastic improvements to the underlying infrastructure, this year, 21,968 NetIDs were created in just 49 hours.

This acceleration of the process meant that admitted students could start claiming their NetID in the same weekend that they received their acceptance letter -- instead of having to wait over a week to claim their online identity at the University of Illinois.

Technology Services is proud to be part of welcoming the Class of 2020 to the University of Illinois!

If you are a newly admitted student and you have not done so yet, you can claim your NetID by following the steps found at