Your University Email and ID


You will receive two student ID's while attending University of Montana. These are your netID and your 790 number. You will need your ID's to access your UM email, online account, class assignments, and various other UM services and accounts. It is very important you keep your ID's private as they are you identification at UM. 

Affiliate 790

Your 790 number is a set of nine numbers specific to you. You can find your 790 number on your acceptance letter from UM.

For example, 790 12 3456

What is an Affiliate?

An Affiliate is associated with The University of Montana through some contractual or collaborative relationship that requires the use of a Griz Card and a NetID for online resources.


Your netID is one of two ID's you will have while at UM. Get your netID through the netID online lookup tool. Enter your last name and date of birth. With your netID you can set up your email account, log into online services. 

Example: If my name is John Doe, my netID will look like this:


First NetID Login

The first time you log in with your NetID, you will be prompted to change your initial password and set up a security question. This security question is used to verify your identity if you ever need to reset your password.
  • At the UM Login page enter your NetID and the last six digits of your 790 ID
  • Click Login.
  • You are now asked to change your password and set up your security question. This will happen during the first login only.
  • To change your password:
    • Current: enter your current password (the last six digits of your student ID).
    • New: enter a new password (at least six characters; not the last six digits of your 790 ID).
    • Confirm: Confirm the new password by reentering it.
  • Now add a security question:
    • Select a question from the drop down arrow next to Question.
    • Enter your answer in the Answer field (answers are case sensitive).
Click Continue to Login and you are redirected to the UM Login screen.

Activating Your UMConnect Email Account

You are encouraged to start using your UM email account right away.  All official UM notifications are sent to your UM email address. Additionally, this email address is used by professors to contact you about important announcements related to your courses. Log into your new UM email account and start communicating with us now!Here's how:
  • From a web browser, go to: and press Enter.
  • On the Login page, enter your NetID and password. Click Login.
  • On the Account Setup - Connecting for the first time screen, write down the password. You will need it on the next screen and when you change your password once you have logged into UMConnect.  
  • Click on Activate.
  • At the Office 365 screen, provide the requested account information. Enter the password you wrote down from the Account Setup screen.
  • Review and accept the Office 365 service agreement and privacy statement.
  • On the Microsoft Outlook Web App screen, choose the Time zone: Montana’s time zone is GMT-07:00 Mountain Time. Click OK.

You are now in your UMConnect account. Please change your password.

  • Click Options (upper right side of screen), then See All Options.
  • Click Change your password (right side of screen).
  • A new tab will open. On the Account Summary screen, under Password and Security Info, click Change password.
  • Enter your current password followed by a new password. Retype the new password. Click Save.

Access Your UMConnect Account

Your UMConnect account is a Microsoft-hosted Windows Live account with a unique username and password. However, there is a secure one way trust between UM and Microsoft that allows you to access UMConnect using your UM NetID and password. You can access UMConnect and other Microsoft-hosted services using this secure channel by going to or

Logging in to UMConnect at

  1. On the UM Login page, enter your NetID and password. Click Login.
  2. On the Services page, click on the UMConnect Student Email icon.
  3. On the next page, click Continue to UMConnect to access Microsoft’s server.

Logging in to UMConnect at

  1. On the Login page, enter your NetID and password. Click Login.
  2. On the next page, click Continue to UMConnect to access Microsoft’s server.

If you access your UMConnect account through another web site (i.e. or, you will have to use your “Windows Live” login which is your and the password you set up during the activation process.