Students on the Ann Arbor campus create their own uniqnames using a self-serve application via the web. As soon as new incoming students have "matriculated" (paid their enrollment deposit), they receive an email message or paper letter with information about creating or reactivating a uniqname. Email is sent if the student has provided an email address. If not, a paper letter is sent through the U.S. Postal Service.
The uniqname is a student's key to the basic computing package and important University services such as financial aid, housing, course selection, and other student business transactions. The uniqname will be part of a student's permanent email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, so students should choose their name wisely. Students must remember their uniqname and password since they will need them to complete a wide variety of business transactions at the University, including field application submission and registering for classes.
It is important that students who have not yet obtained a uniqname complete the necessary process. Students who already have a UMICH uniqname assigned to them due to either previous enrollment or employment at the University of Michigan must still follow the instructions in the email/letter to ensure that their computing services are activated.U-M Expects Students to Conduct Business Electronically
At the University of Michigan, most student business is done online. A student's uniqname becomes a critical gateway to computing services, student information, and many other services that will be used throughout a student's career at U-M. As soon as a uniqname is created, some University offices will begin sending email to U-M student accounts to share important information or to request that they complete some important transactions online. Often, email is the ONLY means by which notification is sent, so students should check their U-M email account regularly!