Your Cat ID (login credentials) at the University of Northern Iowa consists of your username and your passphrase. Your username is a unique 3-8 character account name that identifies you as a member of the UNI community. Your username is a permanent and visible part of your UNI identity:

  • it's your unique identifier and/or login ID in many of UNI's online systems

Your username in conjunction with your password allow you access to various online resources and computers on campus. Use your Cat ID wherever you see the Cat ID logo (see above).  What is my Cat ID passphrase?

Your UNI username will be with you throughout your affiliation with UNI. If you graduate from UNI, then return later as an employee, you'll retain the same username.

See IT Recommended Passphrase Standards for further information about passphrases.

If you need help determining your username, contact the IT Service Desk at (319) 273-5555. The IT Service Desk is located in Room 36 ITTC Building (East Gym). Consultants are available to provide hands-on assistance daily Monday through Friday during University Business Hours.

Recent Updates

Friday, September 4, 2020

Some UNI account passphrases expired over the summer of 2020 and were extended temporarily to reduce the challenges related to remote work and...

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Information Technology has scheduled a planned maintenance window for the CatID authentication services. Maintenance details are listed below....

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The morning of Wednesday, October 18th, Information Technology will update the look of the CatID login screen used to gain access to many of UNI's...


Aaron Thompson - Manager Database & Systems Admin Team, Administrative Information Systems
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