COMPUTING AND TECHNOLOGY SERVICES

Account information for new students

Student computer accounts

As a Buffalo State student, you will access a number of accounts to perform various functions and get important information. Most of these accounts are accessible from the Buffalo State homepage. Here is a brief description of these accounts:

Account Description Account is created...
Banner Course registration soon after you apply to Buffalo State
Blackboard Learning management system soon after you register for a classes
Campus Network Campus computers/wireless network soon after your being accepted to Buffalo State
Degree Works Degree audit system
  • Transfers - soon after your evaluation is completed
  • New freshmen - soon after you register for classes
Student Gmail Buffalo State student e-mail account soon after your tuition deposit is paid/waived

Step 1: Look up your username and Banner ID

To access your accounts, the first step is to find your Buffalo State username and Banner ID. You can look up your username and/or Banner ID online by following the steps below:

  1. Go to http://www.buffalostate.edu/, click MYBUFFSTATE and select Students.
  2. Under Technology on the left side click Username/Banner ID Lookup.
  3. Click the link that corresponds to what you are looking for.

Step 2: Activate your accounts by changing your passwords

You are required to create a new password before you can access your accounts. The chart below summarizes the username/ID and default password/PIN associated with each account:

Account Login using your... Default password
Banner Banner ID DOB in MMDDYY format (must change PIN at first logon)
Blackboard Buffalo State Username Random - Activate your network account from Banner
Campus Network Buffalo State Username Random - Activate your network account from Banner
Degree Works Buffalo State Username Random - Activate your network account from Banner
Student Gmail Buffalo State Username Random - Retrieve your default password from Banner
 

Please Note Your campus network account is linked to your Blackboard and Degree Works accounts. In other words, when you activate your network password via Banner, this changes your password for each of these systems. Your PIN/password for Banner and Student Gmail are not linked to your campus network password.

Accessing your accounts for the first time

The instructions below assume that you are accessing your accounts for the first time. If you have already accessed your accounts and changed your default password/PIN, but are having trouble logging in, please contact the Computing Help Desk at 878-HELP (4357) for assistance.

Access your Banner account

The first time you login to Banner you will be prompted to change your PIN. Follow these steps:

  1. Go to www.buffalostate.edu, click MYBUFFSTATE and select Students.
  2. In the Toolbox on the left side click Banner.
  3. Click Self-Service Banner in the center of the page. 
  4. When the new window opens click Log in to Banner.
  5. In the User ID box, enter your Banner ID
  6. In the PIN box, enter your date of birth in MMDDYY format, and click Login.
  7. When prompted to change your Banner PIN, enter your date of birth again in the Re-enter Old PIN box.
  8. Type your new PIN in both the New PIN and Re-enter new PIN boxes, click Login.  
  9. Enter a Security Question and Answer when prompted. The question should be something that only you know the answer to, and the answer should be short.

Please Note Your new Banner PIN must be at least six letters/numbers long, and is case sensitive.

Reset your Banner PIN

If you forget your Banner PIN, you can create a new PIN by following these steps:

  1. Go to www.buffalostate.edu, click MYBUFFSTATE and select Students.
  2. In the Toolbox on the left side click Banner.
  3. Click Self-Service Banner in the center of the page. 
  4. When the new window opens click Log in to Banner.
  5. In the User ID box, enter your Banner ID.
  6. Leave the PIN box blank and click Forget PIN?
  7. Enter the answer to your Security Question in the Answer box, and click Submit Answer.
  8. When prompted to reset your Banner PIN, enter your new PIN in both the New PIN and Re-enter new PIN boxes, and click Reset PIN.

Please Note Your new Banner PIN must be at least six letters/numbers long, and is case sensitive.

Change or reset your network password

Access your Blackboard account

You must follow the steps above ("Change or reset your network password")  BEFORE accessing your Blackboard account. Follow these steps:

  1. Go to www.buffalostate.edu, click MYBUFFSTATE and select Students.
  2. In the Toolbox on the left side click Blackboard.
  3. In the Username box, enter your Buffalo State username.
  4. In the Password box, enter your network password, and click Login.

Important Note for New Students: You will NOT have access to Blackboard until you are officially registered for courses in Banner. Once you register, or are block registered, your Blackboard account will be ready to use within one business day.

Access campus computers

You must follow the steps above ("Change or reset your network password") BEFORE logging into a campus computer. Your network password is used to access the campus network, Blackboard, Degree Works, and other resources like the wireless and residence hall (ResNet) networks.

Access your Degree Works account

You must follow the steps above ("Change or reset your network password")  BEFORE accessing your Degree Works account. Follow these steps:

  1. Go to www.buffalostate.edu, click MYBUFFSTATE and select Students.
  2. In the Toolbox on the left side click Degree Works.
  3. Click Degree Works Log In, and enter your Buffalo State username in lowercase in the User name box.
  4. In the Password box, enter your network password, and click Sign In

Please Note E-mail audit@buffalostate.edu or see your Academic Advisor if you have questions about the information found in Degree Works.

Access your Student Gmail account

Visit this page to learn how to activate your Student Gmail password: http://buffalostate.edu/cts/gmailactivate.xml

Reset your Student Gmail password

Visit this page to learn how to reset your Student Gmail password: http://buffalostate.edu/cts/gmailreset.xml