Setup New Accounts

At the University of Cincinnati, you can access many services using the same username and password. First, you must set up your security profile, and change your password from the default to one that only you know.

Your username (or “6+2”) is usually the first six letters of your last name followed by your first and middle initials. There are exceptions in cases of common names or users without a middle initial. Contact the UCIT Integrated Help Desk at 513-556-HELP (4357) for assistance.

Your default password is: Uc!mmddyyyy where mmddyyyy is your full date of birth. Remember to use the ! exclamation point and not a 1 or an l.


Log in to your account

Before accessing any central service (i.e., any page displaying the CLS graphic, below), you need to change your password from the default and set up your password self service (PSS) profile.

Image of Central Login Service screen

Access PSS at: https://www.uc.edu/PSS/ To log in, enter your (“6+2”) username and Uc!mmddyyyy password.

Answer security questions

To set up your PSS profile, you provide answers to several security questions so the system can verify your identity whenever you need to reset your password. The system is not case sensitive. The system will encrypt your answers before saving them. The information you provide cannot be read by anyone, including one of the system’s administrators.

Image of Password Self Service Security Questions

Change your password

Having saved your answers to the security questions, click the “Change Password” link on the left side of the screen.

On the following screen, change your password to something only you know.

Passwords must contain:

  • At least one lowercase letter
  • At least one uppercase letter
  • At least one number
  • Must be a minimum length of eight character


You may not use any form or part of your name or your username in a password. Remember, your default (or “old”) password is: Uc!mmddyyyy.

Image of the change password screen

The "Change Again" link

If you want to go back and make another change, click the "Change Again" link. Otherwise, ignore it.

Image of the "Change Again" link in PSS

If you are still having trouble...

The UCIT Integrated Helpdesk is here to provide assistance if needed. Simply call 513-556-HELP (4357).

  • University of Cincinnati UCIT Office of Information Security
  • University Hall
  • 51 Goodman Drive
  • Cincinnati, OH 45221