Student MyRIC/Network Account Information

Your network account consists of two parts, a username (User ID) and password.

Your username is constructed by taking your first initial followed by your last name, followed by an underscore "_" and the last four digits of your student ID. For example, if your name is Dennis C. Brown and your student ID is 1234567, your username will be dbrown_4567. In the unlikely event that your username is not unique, your username will include an alphabetic character, e.g. dbrown_4567a.

Your default password is the three letters of your birth month in lowercase followed by the day of your birth, followed by the last four digits of your social security number. For example, Dennis Brown was born on 01-18-1984 and his social security number is xxx-xx-1230 so his password will be jan181230. Your password is case sensitive so please remember to use lowercase letters when you type in your password for the first time. You should change your password when you log on to the system for the first time. Your new password must contain at least 1 character, 1 digit, and be a minimum of 8 positions in length. Select a password that you can remember, but will not be easily guessed by others.

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Student E-mail Account Information

Click here to access student e-mail account information

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Logging onto a campus computer


First make sure your computer is turned on. If when you move the mouse nothing displays on the screen, press the power button located on the front of the Computer.

Next at the Windows XP or Windows 7 welcome screen, press "Alt" + "Ctrl" + "Del" on your keyboard all at the same time. If you need help doing this, click on "help" or ask a helpdesk attendant for assistance.

Click "OK" to this message. This is just reminding you that you must save all your work to your "H:" drive, or "My Documents".

Input your username and password. Make sure the "Log in to" box has "RIC-ACAD" Selected. If it does not, choose it from the drop down menu list. Click "OK" and you are now logged in!

Make sure when you are done using your computer that you log off otherwise anyone will have access to your files! To do this click on the "Start" menu located in the lower left of your screen, and select "Logoff Username."


To log into a MAC on campus, please follow the on-screen instructions. You will not be using your NT Username, but a predefined username for the specific computer.

For more information, please contact the helpdesk at the Horace Mann Technology Center or call x 8803.

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Changing your network password

You may change your password at any time once you are logged in to the computer. To do this perform the following steps.

Note: You must be logged on to a computer on campus to change your network password using this method. To change your password from any location, please visit

  1. Press "ALT" + "CTRL" + "DEL" to bring up the Windows XP or Windows 7 Security dialog box.
  2. Press the Change Password button.
  3. If your username is not already displayed, enter it where it says "User name."
  4. Verify "RIC-ACAD" is displayed in the "Login To" box. If it isn't, select it from the drop down list.
  5. Enter your Old (current) Password where it says "Old Password."
  6. Type your New (desired) Password where it says "New Password" and "Confirm New Password". Your new Password must be at least 6 characters long.
  7. Press "OK."
  8. You should receive a message indicating "Your password has been changed." If it does not, or if you require assistance, please ask one of the helpdesk attendants for assistance. Press "OK" to this message.
  9. Press "Cancel" when the Windows XP or Windows 7 Security Dialog Box appears.
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Using your student home directory

Each Rhode Island College student receives 50 MB of personal storage space for storing files for on-campus use. This allocation of College storage space is your home directory, or H: drive. When you log into a lab computer in the classroom or walk-in labs at Rhode Island College, your home directory is automatically available to you. Your home directory is backed up nightly and is an excellent place to keep backup copies of your important academic documents. When you logon to a lab computer, your home directory automatically appears as Drive H. when you click the My Computer icon. To save files to your home directory, navigate to the H: drive in your save menu or explicitly save your file as H:filename.ext e.g. H:mybestwork.doc or H:difficultspreadsheet.xls.

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Page last updated: July 12, 2013