Computer Accounts and Resources

You can set these up about a week after admission:

  • You will get a PID (Personal IDentification number) in the format A12345678. Please check the application portal for it about 3-7 days after you accept admission. After you have your PID, set up a password for it here.
  • Set up your UCSD email and Active Directory (AD) accounts. Many campus websites and services (WiFi, VPN, WebReg course registration, etc.) use a "Single Sign On" (SSO) login screen with your AD credentials.
  • Set up DUO (two-step login). When logging into a UCSD system with a username + password, you will periodically need to authenticate with a second method, such as an app on your phone (or other options DUO provides).
  • More info on campus-wide student accounts.

Campus computer and network access:

Some campus-wide tools you'll need:

Your official UCSD email address on

  • All UCSD students have an email alias of the form, which forwards to an email account that may be at a different address.
  • Most emails from UCSD administrative offices and emails sent to all students in a class are addressed to your address. You are responsible for checking email sent to this address on a timely basis.
  • Initially it forwards to the UCSD email account that was created for you; for Bioinformatics students, this is:
    • for students admitted since 2020 (with an actual Google hosted email account there, not just mail forwarding);
    • for students admitted 2013-2019 (Google hosted email account);
    • for students admitted through 2012 (discontinued and replaced by @eng accounts);
    • It may differ if you started at UCSD in another capacity.
  • If you prefer to forward email to a different email account, see instructions on the ITS website. This used to be common for students to do; now it's still possible, but is mainly relevant for email forwarding when graduating.

Google hosted and accounts:

Spam folder on UCSD accounts:

  • If you need to look for messages mistakenly marked as spam, there are two separate spam systems to check.
  • UCSD uses ProofPoint to screen messages before they even reach your Gmail account! You'll receive alerts about them as emails from "UCSD Spam Quarantine" with a subject line like "End User Digest: 2 New Messages".
  • Gmail has a separate Spam folder. In the list of folders/labels (Inbox, Starred, Snoozed,...): scroll to the bottom, select "More", and then "Spam".
  • Labs: You may be issued additional computer accounts for the lab or department in which you do your rotations and thesis research.
  • Campus licensed software: See here.
  • Calendar: Please regularly check the UCSD Graduate Bioinformatics Program calendar for seminar schedules and other items concerning the program. You can add it to your Google account by clicking on the "+ Google Calendar" link in the lower left corner.
  • Facebook: UCSD Bioinformatics and Systems Biology.