Getting Started with IT for Online Students

Welcome to Rice University! The following information will assist you in "Getting Started" with IT resources.


NetID and Student ID

  • NetID is your unique login credential (Username) for Rice resources. 
  • Rice Student ID is identified with "S" followed by 8 digits, such as S01234567

Activate Your NetID | Manage Your NetID Account
NetID Automatic Account Lockout

For more information, visit MyNetID Instructions

Other Accounts

Esther Self-Service - Password Reset/Forgot PIN


Getting Started


Install VPN Client Software



Rice Acceptable Use Policy, Digital Copyright Compliance and Computer Security

In order to use computers on the Rice Network, all users must:

 Rice Graduate Email 
  • Email Setup - using a mail client such as Microsoft Outlook, Apple Mail, etc.
  • Graduate Students use the Google Mail and web interface for Core apps.
  • Core Apps - Mail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites, Groups, Contacts, Keep, Chat, Meet.
  • Google Mail - using NetID@rice.edu and Google Password


Learning Management System (LMS) : Canvas
Canvas is Rice's Learning Management System for all course-related curriculum needs.

Rice LMS  > Canvas


Zoom Videoconferencing



Resources for Students



Need Technical Support?

Technical Support

Contact your Online Program Support Technologist 
713-348-5575






Keywords:online new student NetID account graduate email setup mail Google GSuite Getting Connected G Suite Google Mail Calendar Apps account docs drive sheets slides sites   Doc ID:93463
Owner:Diane B.Group:Rice University
Created:2019-07-31 13:19 CDTUpdated:2019-08-28 13:56 CDT
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