A username is a string of characters used to uniquely identify an individual. Each student, support staff member, administrator, and faculty member at Gustavus is issued a unique username with 8 or fewer characters.

The College previously recycled usernames of alumni and former employees. As of the graduating class of 2004 this practice has been stopped.

Naming convention

Some employees of the College have a custom username, but the vast majority of usernames follow this naming convention: first letter of first name + first 7 characters of last name.

When duplicate usernames would occur, the last character(s) of the username are replaced with a unique integer.

For example, Frodo Baggins' username would be fbaggins and his e-mail address would be If Frank Baggins received his Gustavus username after Frodo, Frank's username would be fbaggin2, since fbaggins was taken.

Username vs. e-mail address

It's important to note the difference between an e-mail address and a username.

A Gustavus username is just the first part of an e-mail address, without the "" part. Whenever you log into any online Gustavus resources, such as the Gribly, your username should not contain the "" part.