This page outlines errors that may occur during Kerberos account registration. If you need to learn how to register for your Kerberos account, visit this page: How do I register for an MIT Kerberos account?
If you got interrupted in middle, that's okay. Just go back to the account registration page and sign in again. It will look you up, and pick up where you left off.
Account not found in database
Accounts are automatically created only for enrolled students and for direct employees of MIT. The registration page is particular about spelling, and needs you to capitalize your name in the same manner that is stored in the central system. Type your MIT ID number with just numbers - do not put dashes in. If you know that you are a student or an employee, but the system can't find you, contact MIT Kerberos Accounts.
If you are at MIT but not currently enrolled in courses nor a direct employee of MIT, you will need to have a faculty or staff sponsor contact MIT Kerberos Accounts with the following information:
- Your full name, and
- Your MIT ID number, if you have one, or Your birthday (MM/DD, not year) if you don't yet have an MIT ID number.
Your Session is no longer active
If you did not leave the browser open for a very long time, then you probably have your browser set to reject cookies. Please allow the page to set cookies to maintain the login session with the registration server.
Six secret words
If you are an incoming student, you will be asked to type six security key words from an account registration coupon. If you don't have a coupon and you are on campus, you can come to the Service Desk Walk-in Center in E17-106 (40 Ames St.). If you are a cross-registered student, you can pick up an account registration coupon from the Student Services Center in room 11-120.
Sloan/MBA application PIN
If you are an incoming Sloan or MBA student, you will be asked to enter your "ApplyYourself PIN" code into the registration applet. If the PIN code you enter doesn't work, the applet will print a Sloan email address that you can contact for assistance.
Keep in mind that you have to wait overnight for your account to become fully active. Your account gives you access to a variety of computer services. A partial list:
- MIT's central email services
- Online services based on web certificates
- Login access to Athena and win.mit.edu computers
Contact the IS&T Service Desk for further assistance.