Student Computer Accounts

User IDs and Passwords

User ID

Every student enrolled at Binghamton University is assigned a user ID. It is used to access University Systems and is retained throughout your stay at Binghamton University. The userID is also used as the first part of your email address (ex.user


Students will maintain two separate  passwords, which are setup separately and do not synchronize. The two passwords are:

Computer Account Password is used to access various University systems and is sometimes referred to as the Pods password.

Bmail password is used to access your University email.

Password security is very important. You should never give your passwords to anyone. Information Technology Services advises people to never send any passwords via an email message for any reason. You should change your passwords often and follow safe computing guidelines when creating new passwords.

To reset your Computer Account or Bmail password go to the password change page.


Computer Account

Your computer account is used to log into various systems within ITS as well as University wide systems. Below you will find information on systems specific to ITS.

PODS- the PODS domain is used as an entry point for many student ITS systems; including but not limited to public computing areas, Student Printing, Virtual Desktops, and the SSL VPN client.

Bingsuns- Every student is assigned a general access account on bingsuns, the central UNIX server. You will use your user ID and your computer account password to access your bingsuns account (unless you have setup a bingsuns password in the bingsuns system). This account can be used for academic work requiring a UNIX operating system, or for creating personal web pages.  *Note: Computer Account Passwords are synchronized with you bingsuns passwords, thus changing your Computer Account Password also changes your bingsuns password; however, changing your bingsuns password while in bingsuns does not change your computer account password.

MyBinghamton Portal- The portal is a single-sign in page that allows access to a range of services specific to Binghamton University. Within the portal you can access your personal student information and course records, gain entry to your Blackboard courses as well as find events happening on campus.

BU BRAIN Self Service- An online application within the portal where access to personal information can be found. Student Accounts, Financial Aid, Course Registration and Transcripts can all be found within this area. To access BU BRAIN you will use your userID and computer account password.

myCourses- myCourses is a Course Management System within the portal that provides a powerful and easy-to-use suite of tools for instructors to build and manage virtual classrooms. Students are given a myCourses account and are automatically enrolled in courses where the instructor is using myCourses. You will use your user ID and computer account password to access myCourses at Enrollment is automatic, but at the beginning of a semester with student schedules changing, it can 24 to 48 hours to show up after course registration. An instructor can enroll a student into a myCourses course if access is needed before the automatic add. More information about myCourses can be found at:

Email Account

Every student is issued a email account commonly called a Bmail account. ITS has partnered with Google to provide our users with robust email service as well as many collaborative and productivity focused applications know as Google Apps for Education. Some of these applications include: Google Calendars, Drive, Sites and Groups. Before logging into Bmail/Google Apps for the first time, you must create a secure password. To do this, go to and follow the instructions. To set the Bmail password staff and faculty will need their user ID and Computer Account password. Your Bmail address will be your user
Information Technology Services recommends that you use the web interface to Bmail (; however, the mailbox can be accessed with a mail client of your choice (Apple Mail, Thunderbird, Outlook).

Students who graduate from Binghamton University, class of 2009 and later may keep their Bmail account for life.

Difficulties with email and computer accounts are resolved at the ITS Help Desk, 607-777-6420.

Last Updated: 3/28/18