Students, faculty and staff now have one Cardinal username that they use to access the majority of campus resources. Students who received their credentials before July of 2016, though, have two different usernames – one they received while applying to the university, their applicant username, and one they received after they arrived on campus, their student username.
See below on how to access your accounts using your username for the first time. Your username and the password together are often called your Cardinal Credentials.
Please note that all passwords expire after 180 days. You will receive an email to both your CUA email account and your personal account you have identified in Cardinal Station that will remind you your password will expire soon.
When you apply to the University, you received a letter in the mail with your Cardinal Credentials (username and password). This password expires after 14 days if you do not change it. If you did not change your password, or forgot it, you can contact us to change it. You will need your Cardinal ID number to change your password. This ID number was emailed to you with your temporary password.
If you know your Cardinal ID number, you can also use our website to create a new password. This website is computing.cua.edu/password or you can call 202-319-4357.
If you do not know your ID, please call the Registar’s office at 202-319-5300 to get your Cardinal ID. Without your Cardinal ID, tech services will not be able to reset your Cardinal Credentials.
As alumni you maintain access to your Cardinal Email through Google. You can also access transcripts through Cardinal Station (i.e. http://cardinalstation.cua.edu).
To access these resources, you may need to change your password. If you received a username as an applicant which is a combination of letters and then numbers (e.g. thom10156), then you will need to use this username to access Cardinal Station to request transcripts, which is different than the student username you use to access your Cardinal Mail. In this case, you will use your student username which contains 2 numbers followed by all or part of your last name (e.g. 88thompson) to access your Cardinal Mail. If you received a username of mostly your last name possibly followed by an initial (e.g. Thompsona) this is the username that you will use for both Cardinal Station and Cardinal Mail.
As long as you know your Cardinal ID number, our password tools at http://computing.cua.edu/password make it simple to find your username. If you do not know your ID, please call the Registar’s office at 202-319-5300 to get your Cardinal ID.
Depending on when you applied to the University, your username looks like your last name possibly followed by an initial (e.g. Thompsona) or it looks like 2 numbers followed by all or part of your last name (e.g. 88thompson).When you matriculate from applicant to student, you will need to change your password to gain access to all campus resources. You can do this by going to http://computing.cua.edu/password. Your student username gives you access to Cardinal Mail, Cardinal Station, Blackboard, campus computers, and other resources.
Faculty and Staff
Faculty and staff receive a username that looks like your last name possibly followed by an initial (e.g. Thompsona). This account gives you access to Cardinal Mail, Cardinal Station, Blackboard, campus computers, and other resources.
Cardinal Student is the CUA web portal that allows you to perform student enrollment management self-service activities: register for classes, check your grades, change your contact information, and a wide range of other activities related to your academic records at the University.
Cardinal Faculty and Staff is the CUA web portal that allows you to view pay stubs, and change your contact information. You can access Cardinal Station using any web browser from nearly anywhere in the world where you have a public Internet connection. The website is cardinalstation.cua.edu.
Cardinal Mail is CUA's implementation of Google Apps Education Edition for students. Cardinal Mail offers unlimited storage, and provides the popular Google Gmail web mail interface. Google Docs, calendaring and contacts are also available through Cardinal Mail.
Cardinal Financials is the CUA web portal that allows you to manage financial transactions for faculty and staff.
Blackboard is the University’s learning management system. All students and faculty and automatically enrolled in courses as it is reflected in cardinal station. If you are a student, and you do not see your classes in blackboard, it could be because your faculty has not yet made the course available. Please check with them
Acceptable Use Policy
CUA provides many computing facilities to help students, faculty, and staff to complete their work and enjoy the benefits broad Internet access can provide, and therefore guidelines are necessary to help ensure these benefits are fairly available to the entire campus community.
The Acceptable Use Policy enumerates the rules that apply to all users of the CUA Campus Network and CUA issued and maintained computing equipment and services. All members of the campus community and guests are expected to follow these rules, encourage others to do the same, and to report willful violations. Please take time to review this university policy.