Gustavus username

A Gustavus username is a unique identifier that each user at Gustavus is assigned. If you are a student, faculty member, support staff, administrator, or alumnus/alumna of Gustavus, you will have a Gustavus username.

Your Gustavus username, along with your password, will allow you to access and use various online services provided by Technology Services including your e-mail account, home directory, Google Calendar, Contribute, and the Gribly.

New faculty and students

If you are new faculty member or a new student and do not have a Gustavus username and password, contact Technology Services with your Gustavus ID number and they will be able to get you a username and password.

Please see Technology Information for New Gusties.


If you are an alumnus/alumna, you have already been assigned a username. It is usually the first letter of your first name followed by the first seven letters of your last name. If you graduated before 2001, an underscore and then your full class year follows your name (ie _1979.) If you do not recall receiving a username, or have forgotten what it is, please contact the Alumni Relations Office for assistance.

Don't know your username?

If you do not know your username but you have a Gustavus e-mail address, your username is always the portion of your Gustavus e-mail address without the "" part. For instance, if your Gustavus e-mail address is "" then your Gustavus username is fsmash.

Some individuals may not be aware that they have been assigned a Gustavus e-mail address (and username), but generally, if you do not have a Gustavus e-mail address, then you do not have a Gustavus username.

Generation method

Each user is assigned an automatically generated eight character username. This username is created by combining the first letter of the the user's first name and the first seven letters of the user's last name. If this username has already been taken, a number is added to the end of the username, replacing the final characters to keep it eight characters long.

Imagine this scenario. A new faculty member, Frank Smash, arrives at Gustavus with the username of "fsmash." The following year, his son Fred is a new student at Gustavus and is assigned a username of "fsmash2." The following year, Fred's sister Francine picks Gustavus and is assigned a username of "fsmash3."

Offensive usernames

Occasionally, some users are automatically assigned a username that could be considered offensive. If you find your username offensive, please contact the Helpline for more information.

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Contact us

Please contact the Technology Helpline at 507-933-6111, stop by the Technology Services department in Olin Hall or complete our contact form.