First Year Advising Center
North Foundation Hall, Room 121
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(248) 370-3227
Orientation & New Student Programs
North Foundation Hall, Room 105
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(248) 370-GOLD
Activate Student Accounts

Save Important Dates On Your Google Calendar

Below you’ll see important dates for incoming students. Add them to your calendar by clicking each event and selecting "Save."


Setting up Your Student Account

Your student account (NetID) serves as the gateway to accessing University information to:

  • Review financial aid awards and requirements, direct deposit and billing (eBill) notifications
  • Accept University scholarships (if applicable)
  • Register for your orientation program (if applicable)
  • Complete an application to live on campus (if applicable)
  • Check your OU email (Webmail) and calendar, powered by Google
  • Access student services including grades, registration for courses and transcripts

Click the gold text below to set up your NetID.

Have Your G# Ready

You will need your Grizzly ID number (found in your acceptance letter) to set up your NetID. If you do not have your Grizzly ID number, contact Undergraduate Admissions at (248) 370-3360.

Setting Up Your Grizzly ID Pin

  1. At the top of the OU homepage, click on MySAIL
  2. At the bottom of the "Quick Links" box, click “New student? Get your NetID and password”
  3. Select “Reset/Change your Grizzly ID PIN”
  4. Type in your Grizzly ID using a capital "G", your date of birth and first and last name used on your admissions application
  5. Answer the reCAPTCHA
  6. Students who have not registered to receive OU emergency notifications will be prompted to register at this screen. Choose the second option to answer/choose a question to proceed towards changing your Grizzly ID PIN
  7. Enter a six digit PIN that you'll be able to remember
  8. Click "Submit"

*Write down your PIN number. You'll need this to create your NetID and set up a password for your account.

**If you have already registered to receive OU emergency notifications, you will be directed to a different screen where you can answer a security question or receive a code through text or email to proceed towards resetting your Grizzly ID PIN.

Creating Your NetID and Setting Up Your Password

  1. At the top of the OU homepage, click on MySAIL
  2. At the bottom of the "Quick Links" box, click “New student? Get your NetID and password”
  3. Select "Create NetID Account"
  4. Read the "NetID Guidelines and Information" then click continue
  5. Enter your Grizzly ID number and PIN then click "Submit"
  6. Select desired NetID and click "Submit"
  7. Click on "Password Reset Page" to set a new password
  8. Enter your Grizzly ID number and Pin
  9. Type your password in "New NetID Password". Your password needs to be between 8-15 alphanumeric characters and must contain at least one letter and one number.
  10. Click on "Change Password"

*Write down your NetID username and password. You'll need this information for all items listed at the top of this page

Checking/Forwarding Your OU Email

Checking Your Email

All official university communication will be sent to your OU email address, including but not limited to information on:
  • Billing (eBill)
  • Financial aid awards and requirements
  • Grades
  • Course related information from faculty members, your academic adviser and other campus partners
  • Campus events

It is best practice to check your OU email a few times a week.

Forwarding Your Email (Note: When conducting University business through email, you must use your OU email address. This includes all correspondence with OU faculty, staff and departments.)

Want to consolidate email accounts? Forward your OU email address!
  1. Log in to your OU email at
  2. Click the gear symbol and click "Settings"
  3. Select the "Forwarding and POP/IMAP" tab
  4. Select "Add a forwarding address" and follow the directions provided

Syncing Your Cell Phone to OU Email

Visit and sync your cell phone to your OU email account so you can receive important messages about eBill, academics and special events on the go!

Already Activated Your Accounts?

View your next steps in the enrollment process.

Download your step-by-step enrollment guide or the New Grizzly Checklist and make sure you've covered all your bases like signing up for orientation, completing a housing application (if applicable) and considering your financial options.