All official university communication is sent through your OU email account and by viewing information in MySAIL.  Activate both of these accounts by following the instructional videos below.

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

Change Your Grizzly ID Pin (SAIL)

  1. Open a Web browser
  2. Go to
  3. Click on MySAIL
  4. Under the "Quick Links" area, click “New student? Get your NetID and password”
  5. Select “Reset/Change your Grizzly ID PIN”
  6. Type in your Grizzly ID using a capital "G", your date of birth and first and last name used on your admissions application
  7. Answer the CAPTCHA
  8. 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
  9. Enter a six digit PIN that you'll be able to remember
  10. Click "Submit"

*Write down your PIN number. You'll need this to create 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. 

Activate Your NetID (E-mail)

  1. Open a Web browser and go to
  2. Click on "MySail"
  3. Next click on "Get your NetID and Password" in the Quick Links Box
  4. Click "Create NetID Account"
  5. Read the "NetID Guidelines and Information" then click continue
  6. Enter your Grizzly ID number and PIN then click "Submit"
  7. Select desired NetID and click "Submit"
  8. Click on "Password Reset Page" to set a new password
  9. Enter your Grizzly ID number and Pin
  10. Type your password in "New NetID Password". Your password should be between 8-15 alpha numeric characters and must contain at least one letter and one number.
  11. Click on "Change Password" 

*Write down your NetID username and password. You'll need this information to register for orientation, classes and to check your Oakland University Webmail.


Forwarding Your OU Email to Another Account

  1. Log in to Webmail 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