Welcome New Bowdoin Students!

We are so excited to welcome our newest Polar Bears! The steps below will guide you through your initial account setup including enrolling in Duo for 2-step authentication and setting your security answers to allow you to perform self-service password resets now or in the future.

If you get stuck at any point in the process, please reach out to the Service Desk. You can start a chat at any time by clicking the black and white chat bubble in the lower-right corner of any page in our knowledge base or by clicking the button below.


Step 1: Download Duo Mobile


Duo Mobile is required for 2-step authentication to log in to many Bowdoin services.

Download and install Duo Mobile for iPhone or Android devices.

If you already have Duo Mobile installed, go to Step 2.

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If you are reading this page from a smartphone, choose the appropriate icon below to open your device's app store to download Duo Mobile.

If you are reading this from a computer, search your device's app store for "Duo Mobile" and install it.

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Once downloaded, put the smart phone aside. You will need it in a few moments.
If you do not have a smartphone, or already have Duo Mobile installed, continue to Step 2.

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Step 2: Log in to create your account

Open a web browser on a computer and navigate to:
Log in with your new Bowdoin email address...
Username Window
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... and the temporary password that was provided to you.
Password Window

Right arrow Setup Duo Window

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Step 3: Enroll in 2-Step Authentication with Duo


Follow the steps below to enroll in 2-step authentication with Duo.

Click on Setup

Setup Duo Window
Right arrow Click Start Setup and follow the steps to setup Duo.
If you need guidance, follow the steps in this knowledge base article.

Protect your account - Start Setup Window


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Step 4: Set Security Questions and Responses


You will now be asked to fill out additional information that you will use if you ever forget your password or need it reset.

Enter a secondary email address and choose and answer a security question.
Challenge Questions section 1
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Enter a phone number for SMS and a phone number for voice calls.
Challenge Questions Section 2

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Select a picture and click Create My Account.

Challenge Questions Section 3

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Step 5: Reset your temporary password


The password that was provided to you was meant to be temporary.
Follow these quick steps to set your own password.

While still in the login portal, click your name in the upper-right and choose Settings
User Settings Drop Down
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Scroll about halfway down until you reach the "Change Password" section.

Enter your current, temporary password and then enter a new password twice.

Change your password
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Follow these rules to create your own password:

  • Must be at least 8 characters long
  • Must have a mix of upper and lower-case characters
  • Must have at least 1 number
  • Must have at least 1 special character
  • Can not contain any part of your username

For more information, see our knowledge base article.

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Access to Bowdoin Email and
Microsoft 365

  • Microsoft 365 is available to all Bowdoin students. This includes Microsoft apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams and much more.
  • Online-only access is available until mid-July. Access to the downloaded apps will be available later this summer. Keep an eye on your email for an announcement.
  • To access your Bowdoin email (Outlook Online), visit https://Outlook.Office.com
  • You can also download and setup the Outlook App for iOS and Android by following the instructions in our knowledge base.

Login Portal

  • The Login Portal provides quick access to most online Bowdoin systems.
  • Access services using a single login, saving time over logging in to each system individually.
  • Eliminates the need to bookmark or remember each individual website
  • Access the portal at login.bowdoin.edu