Your Unity Account
Every NC State student, faculty and staff member automatically receives a Unity computing account and privileges. This overview will help familiarize you with your account and its features. Also see Rules and Procedures - Unity Computing Account Maintenance -- Procedures for student accounts, or Computing Account Maintenance--Procedures for faculty, staff and guest accounts.
Unity ID and Password
- MyPack Portal and other password-protected university online information and services
- university-supported Web-based email system provided through your Google Apps account at NC State.
- campus wireless network
- personal file space
- Unity computing labs
- Virtual Computing Lab
- hardware and software
- help with IT-related issues
As a registered student, you should have received your Unity ID and information about your default password with your WolfPaw admissions account. If you don’t know your Unity ID, or if you need assistance with your account, please contact the NC State Help Desk at (919) 515- HELP (4357) or email@example.com.
Your eight-digit default password consists of the last four digits of your campus ID number plus your birth month and day, both entered as two-digit numbers. Example: For a campus ID of 123456789 and a birth date of May 6, the default password would be 67890506.
CAUTION: Your default password is not secure, and you can’t use it to access the MyPack Portal to do such things as register for classes. As soon as you receive it, be sure to do these two things:
- Go to Unity Password Change Tool.
- Change your default password to a secure one that only you know.
- Go to User Identification and Authentication.
- Create three security questions and answers that will identify you to Help Desk consultants in the event you need to call and have your password reset to your default.
Visit Your Unity Password for more details.
- AFS space (2 GB) for your personal files and Web pages. To set up a folder for your Web pages in your AFS space, see WWW Setup. If you need more AFS space, see Purchased Space for User Account for details and to fill out the online order form. You will need to log in with your Unity ID and password.
- personal Web space through Google Sites.
- document space through Google Drive.
- email space through Google Apps account at NC State
OIT provides and maintains Unity computing labs, which you may use for all your computing needs. These labs offer Internet access, word processors, spreadsheets, compilers, and discipline-specific software on MS Windows, Linux, and Apple OS X platforms. Most Unity labs are open for extended hours or overnight. Visit Unity Computer Labs for a complete listing of locations and hours. Most colleges also provide computing labs for their students. Also see Labs & Environments.
Printing in Unity labs is handled with WolfPrint print quota. Before you try to print in a lab, go to WolfPrint and use a credit or debit card to put money into your print quota account. You can also visit WolfPrint to see how much print quota is in your account, view your queued print jobs, or get answers to frequently asked questions.
NC State students and faculty can go to a campus computing lab to use high-end computers and software – or they can stay home (or go to the beach) and use the Internet to access the University’s award-winning Virtual Computing Lab (VCL).
Developed by the College of Engineering and OIT, the VCL is designed to address the computing needs of resident and distance-learning students and faculty who require around-the-clock access to applications they cannot install on their own computers.
The VCL is like having a portable computing lab on your desktop or laptop computer. To use this innovative access method, go to the Virtual Computing Lab main page, choose the application environment you want, and schedule a virtual computer for immediate or future use.
Can’t access your coursework, tuition information or transcripts? Ever forgotten your Unity password?
NC State Help Desk computing consultants are available Monday through Friday during normal business hours to answer these and most other computing questions. If they need time to research your question, they will give you a tracking number so you can follow the progress of your help request online.
To find out if your department has its own Help Desk, see Other Help.