Your USFID is your personal student identification number and is printed below your photo on your USFID card. USFID numbers are originally given to you via email in your acceptance letter. It is also referred to as a U# and looks similar to U12345678. 

Your NetID is your user ID and allows access to a variety of online services offered by the university including your email, OASIS account, and Canvas. It looks similar to a username (e.g. ‘jdoe’) and will be the beginning part of your USF email (e.g. ‘’).

Note: We no longer use Social Security Numbers as your personal student identification number. All students who attended when that system was active have been assigned a USFID.

Look up or activate your netid

  • Go to
  • Select ‘Activate your NetID’ and complete the requested information
    (use the email address used to communicate with admissions during the application process).
  • You now have your NetID!

If you have previously activated your NetID, answer the security questions and reset your password.

Having Trouble?

Please contact Information Technology for issues relating to looking up or activating your USF ID or NetID.

Still have questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for quick answers and helpful information.