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When you're admitted to the university, you'll be assigned an E-number by which all your records are stored. Anytime you call a university office and ask for help that requires access to your student records, it will be necessary to provide your E-number.

Some time ago, students’ social security numbers were used to access information, but for more security E-numbers are now assigned. To obtain your E-number, contact an advisor in the BGS office (phone: 217-581-5618 or email bgsba@eiu.edu).

Net ID and Password

Your Net ID and Password will be used to access any website essential for academic function such as PAWS (the online student information system), EIU email (PantherMail), Desire2Learn internet classes, etc. To obtain your Net ID and password, contact an advisor in the BGS office at 217-581-5618 or call the Information Technology Services Help Desk, at 217-581-4357.

A password that is randomly assigned to you can be changed to one that is easier to remember. Just be sure to reset it to something that would be hard for others to guess. All passwords should be “strong” which means they should contain a combination of capital and lower case letters, at least one symbol (! # % * + ?) and at least one numeral.