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Account Setup Help

The AccountSetup application can be found here.

For undergraduate and professional students the information needed to activate your account will be located in your acceptance packet. For graduate students, the on-line admission letter provides the information needed.

Take the provided information and go to here. This tool will provide you with your Purdue Career Account alias and allow you to set up a password of your choice. Your Purdue Career Account will be used to access most online tools while at Purdue like your @purdue email services, the myPurdue web pages, ITaP computer labs, and more. Please be sure to memorize your Purdue Career Account alias/username and password since you will be using it to access all these services.

If you are having issues accessing the Purdue Career Account activation site, the password is case sensitive and should be entered into the field exactly as it is listed in your document. Also be cautious of characters and numbers that may resemble each other (examples include "O's" and zero's, "B's" and eights, "l's" and ones and "G's" and "Q's").



If you receive the message "please enter puid as a number with format #####-#####", you'll need to enter your puid as five numbers, then a dash, then five numbers, such as 00412-34567.


Other possible red error messages on the first screen include:

Message Additional Notes
Sorry, invalid date format, must be MM/dd/yyyy, please try again. MM indicates a one or two digit month 1-12, and dd represents a one or two digit day 1-31. As an example, the proper date format for November 21, 1980 is 11/21/1980.
Please enter the same password in both fields.  
Sorry, that is not the correct information. Please be sure to enter the birthdate in the specified format, and be aware that the setup password is case sensitive and should be entered exactly as provided to you.  
You have already completed your account setup. If you haven't previously used this application please contact help@purdue.edu.
Sorry, your account is not registered to be setup via this application. Please contact the Purdue Admissions office to make sure you have been offered admission, or contact your Business Office.
Too many incorrect attempts have been made to setup your account. Please try again later, or check with the organization that issued your career account setup password to ensure that the birthdate and career account setup password you are using match what we have on record.  
Please check with the organization that issued your career account setup password to ensure that you are qualified for a career account. Please check with your Admissions or Business Office.


Next you will be shown your Career Account Login ID, and be asked to set a password for your new Career Account:



Next you will be shown your email status for your new Career Account, and if it is active, choose a setting for the new email account:



Purdue email accounts are created for students 1-2 business days after admission is confirmed. If email is not enabled for your account, you will see the following:



If email is not enabled for your account, and you get the message above, you can return later to https://www.purdue.edu/apps/account and choose Change Mailbox to set up your email. After email has been enabled for your account, the Change Mailbox page will look like this, and you will need to provide your Career Account password to set up your email:



For more information please see this help article.

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