Account Passwords

Changes to password requirements

In an effort to increase the security of our campus IT systems, the college is implementing new password requirements for student accounts. In order to ensure that all student accounts are in compliance, all students will be required to change their passwords on the following dates:

Groups (Last digit of Student ID Number)Password Reset Date
Group One (last digit 0 or 1)Monday, September 24
Group Two (last digit 2 or 3)Monday, October 1
Group Three (last digit 4 or 5)Monday, October 8
Group Four (last digit 6 or 7)Monday, October 15
Group Five (last digit 8 or 9)Monday, October 22

How to change your password

You can change your password with one of the two options below. You will need to know your current password to create a new one. If you do not know your current password, you can visit if you have setup password reset questions. Otherwise, please contact the IT Helpdesk at 979-230-3266 BEFORE your password reset date.

Using an on-campus computer, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete and select the password change option. On most computers in computer labs, you can also select the password reset option in the lower left corner of the login screen.

Using Webmail (, go to settings (the gear icon next to your name) on the menu bar at the top of the page. Next, select the “change password” option to change your password.

Please Note: This new policy will prompt you to change your password every 120 days from the day that you change your password. 

New password requirements

Your new password will need to comply with the following requirements:

Minimum length: 16 characters


  1. At least one upper case character
  2. At least one lower case character
  3. At least one number
  4. At least one special character (Examples: ! @ & *)
  5. Your password must not contain your username

Frequently Asked Questions

The new password policy will require you to reset your password every 120 days.
No, you cannot reuse your last six passwords.
Google can provide good information for creating strong passwords. Below are some tips provided in the article to keep in mind:

Make your password unique

Use a different password for each of your important accounts, like your email and online banking.

Reusing passwords for important accounts is risky. If someone gets your password for one account, they could access your email, address, and even your money.

Make your password longer & more memorable

Long passwords are stronger. These tips can help you create longer passwords that are easier to remember. Try using:

  • A lyric from a song or poem
  • A meaningful quote from a movie or speech
  • A passage from a book
  • A series of words that are meaningful to you
  • An abbreviation: Make a password from the first letter of each word in a sentence

Avoid choosing passwords that could be guessed by:

  • People who know you
  • People looking at easily accessible info (like your social media profile)

Use letters, numbers & symbols

Passwords with different types of symbols might be more difficult for people to guess, but also might be harder for you to remember. You can set up recovery info at to avoid getting locked out if you forget your password.

Combine different types of characters

Use a mix of alphanumeric characters (letters and numbers) and symbols:

  • Uppercase (capital) letters. Examples: A, E, R
  • Lowercase (small) letters. Examples: a, e, r
  • Examples: 2, 6, 7
  • Symbols and special characters. Examples: ! @ & *

Recommendations & examples

Replace letters with numbers & symbols: Choose a word or phrase and use numbers and symbols instead of some letters. Examples:

  • "Spooky Halloween" becomes "sPo0kyH@ll0w3En"
  • "Later gator" becomes "L8rg@+0R"

Abbreviate a sentence: Come up with a sentence and use the first letter of each word. Example:

  • "Uncle Peter always ate chocolate-covered everything" becomes "uP@8cCe!"

Don’t use personal info

Avoid creating passwords from info that others might know or could easily find out. Examples:

  • Your nickname or initials
  • The name of your child or pet
  • Important birthdays or years
  • The name of your street
  • Numbers from your address

Don’t use common words & patterns

Avoid simple words, phrases, and patterns that are easy to guess. Examples:

  • Obvious words and phrases like "password" or "letmein"
  • Sequences like "abcd" or "1234"
  • Keyboard patterns like "qwerty" or "qazwsx"
Any examples in this article, like "sPo0kyH@ll0w3En" or "uP@8cCe!".

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