What account do I use?

At this time there are several accounts you might use at Baruch to access College and University resources. For more information on the different types of accounts, we have another blog post that describes what they are and how to access them. This page will tell you which account you use for which service.

ServiceCUNY LoginBaruchmailBaruch Username
CUNY OffersX
Student emailX
Office apps (students)X
Office 365 (faculty/staff)X
Campus computersX
Online LabsX
VPN (faculty/staff)X
Digital Measures (faculty)X
Interfolio (faculty)X
CUNYfirst MyInfoX
EAB NavigateX
Adobe Creative Cloud (students)X
Adobe Creative Cloud (eligible faculty/staff, use Baruch email address as login with Baruch password)X
Library Catalog/accountX
Library online databasesX
Bearcat PortalX
Campus Wi-Fi (“baruch”)X

How to log in to Zoom

NOTE: CUNY has licensed Zoom for the entire University, and many schools are now using their CUNY Login to access Zoom.  Since Baruch independently licensed Zoom back in March, we are still using the Baruch username and password for access to Zoom.  We will be moving to CUNY Login but need to plan the migration of accounts and content before that happens.  For now please use your Baruch username and password to access Zoom.

Many Zoom meetings will require you to log in to your Baruch account to access the meetings  This is for security reasons–by requiring authentication we can both restrict sessions to members of the Baruch community, and be more able to track users if they disrupt a session.

You can see instructions on how to log in at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201800126-Signing-in-with-SSO.

All faculty, staff and students are eligible for a Zoom account and in fact will have one automatically set up the first time they log in via SSO.  BCTC doesn’t need to do anything to set up your Zoom account, you can just log in.

If you’re a student, you may not know your username or password.  You can look at instructions on how to claim your account at https://www.baruch.cuny.edu/bctc/baruchusername/student.html.  If you have previously claimed your account and do not remember your password, you can try to reset it at https://mypassword.baruch.cuny.edu.  If you don’t remember (or have not set) your challenge questions you will need to email the Helpdesk.

Here’s what you will see when you go to



Screen when you go to https://baruch.zoom.us

If you click “Sign in” you will see the Baruch College login screen:

Login screen for Baruch College

This is where you type your Baruch username and password.  Once you do you’ll be in the Zoom web interface.

To log in from the desktop client, you select the “Sign in with SSO” option on the login screen:

Zoom desktop login screen

After which you will be asked to type in your organization name, which is “baruch”:

SSO Sign In organization enry

Your default browser will then open and you’ll be directed to the sign in page again:

Login screen for Baruch College

You will type in your username and password and will be directed back to Zoom.  In some cases your browser may ask if it can open the Zoom app.  Allow it to and the desktop Zoom client will open with you logged in.

Once again, the URL to get access to Zoom via your Baruch account is:



Welcome to Baruch! New Account Information for Faculty, Staff and Students

Whether you’re a new faculty, staff, or student joining us (virtually) at Baruch this fall, BCTC would like to welcome you to the College.

You will need access to your accounts to be successful.  There are two or three accounts you need to log into all your services at Baruch and CUNY depending on whether you’re faculty/staff or a student.

Types of accounts

Baruch username:  This account is for access for Baruch resources, such as network file shares, wireless access, and is the login used for Baruch desktop computers on campus, as well as access to Zoom, AdvisorTrac, and other services provided by Baruch.  For faculty and staff the Baruch username is the first initial and last name; for students it is the first initial, a period, and then the last name (for me “mrichichi” or “m.richichi”).  For faculty and staff this also provides access to your Baruch email account (firstname.lastname@baruch.cuny.edu).

CUNY Login:  This is an account provided by CUNY Central for access to services that everyone at CUNY has access to.  This is used for CUNYfirst, Blackboard, Dropbox, and Microsoft 365 access for faculty and staff.

Baruchmail:  All student email is provided through Baruchmail access at baruchmail.cuny.edu.  While the initial password for the account is the same as the Baruch username, the accounts are not otherwise linked and can have different passwords.  Baruchmail is also what students use to access OneDrive and online Microsoft 365 apps (such as Office apps.)  Student email addresses are of the format firstname.lastname@baruchmail.cuny.edu.

How to Claim Your Accounts


Baruch Username: As of July 1st, we have automated the creation of faculty and staff  Baruch accounts with our Account Management System (AMS).  New faculty and staff will receive an email with instructions to claim their account within 24 hours after personnel data is entered into CUNYfirst by HR.  It is critical that you complete all paperwork and provide all data that HR asks for in a timely fashion, as we cannot enable accounts without that information and verification of employment eligibility.

Once you follow the instructions sent to your email, and your account is created, you can start using your Baruch email address for all official Baruch business.

CUNYfirst:  You an go to https://managelogin.cuny.edu/ to claim your CUNYfirst account.  You will need your EMPLID which should have been in the mails to claim your Baruch username that you received from AMS above.  You will also need other personal information.  Your CUNY Login will be of the form firstname.lastnameXX@login.cuny.edu, where XX are the last two digits of your EMPLID.  Please note that this CUNYfirst login is NOT an email address.  Most services now dependent on the CUNY Login do know your Baruch email address and will use that as the email address for those services.  (Note, however, that some Microsoft 365 functionality that is dependent on using it for email instead of another system may not work properly.)


Baruch username:  Student account creation has some automated parts, but we do not have an automated email notification system to enable students to claim their account.  (We are working on this service.)  For now, Baruch usernames can be claimed at https://www.baruch.cuny.edu/bctc/baruchusername/student.html.  After entering in the required information you will receive both your Baruch username and Baruchmail email address.

Once you claim your account, it is highly recommended you go to https://mypassword.baruch.cuny.edu/, click “Edit Profile”, log in, and create challenge questions for if you need to reset your password.  Please make sure you pick answers you will remember (and are also not too easy for someone to figure out.)  This will also allow you to make sure your password is working correctly.

Baruchmail:  https://www.baruch.cuny.edu/bctc/baruchmail/    has information on how to access your Baruchmail account.  To log in you use your email address (firstname.lastname@baruchmail.cuny.edu) and your inital password as shown at the Baruch Username page.  You will then be asked to change your password, and to set up password recovery information.

Common issues with passwords

For students, while the initial passwords for Baruchmail and Baruch username are the same, they are not linked.  It is possible you changed one or the other and the passwords are different.

If you can’t claim your account, you may need to check with the appropriate Admissions office or the Registrar to ensure that your personal information is correct.

The Helpdesk will reset passwords to the default initial password.

In the future we hope to have more password reset options available.  We need to balance user convenience with security.

Why so many accounts?

CUNY is a big place.  We have multiple areas providing IT services for our community, and historically we have had different levels of coordination and different needs for the colleges and the central organization.  As we look to improve IT services across the College and University we are seeking to unify accounts under a single login, but such a process takes time and resources.  We are hoping to use the CUNY Login to authenticate to services that are both by CUNY and by Baruch College, and are actively working with CUNY CIS to make that happen.  Any such changes to user authentication will be planned and provided with as much warning and help as possible to ensure a smooth migration.

Drop-in Zoom Support Sessions for Faculty

BCTC is providing drop-in support sessions for faculty who need assistance with using Zoom in their courses.  Four full-time BCTC staff members will be available during each two-hour session that will be delivered via Zoom.