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Creating a Password

Creating a password for accessing MyCalPoly is complex but designed to ensure password integrity will not be compromised.

  1. Choosing your password
    • The Length: minimum 8 characters/maximum 40 characters
    • Your password must contain at least one character from three of the following lists in the first 8 characters of the password:
      • Uppercase Alphabetic (A-Z)
      • Numbers (0-9)
      • Lower case Alphabetic (a-z)
      • These special characters are allowed: ! " $ % & , ( ) * + - . / ; : < = > ? [ \ ] ^ _ { | } ~
      • These are NOT ALLOWED: # @ and the space character
    • You are not allowed to use:
      • Any words of 3 or more characters, including foreign words
      • Any groups of 3 or more characters of the same character type
      • Any names, person, places, or things found in a common dictionary
      • Any of your names (first, middle, last), any current Cal Poly username
      • Any previously used passwords
      • Sequences (such as abcd or 1234)
    • Examples of acceptable passwords:
      • Jk7-6rM5
      • O91gh6)v
      • T29b34+s
    • Suggestions for acceptable/secure password
      • Don't use 3 or more alphabetic characters in a row (such as Acfh or rtU)
      • Don't use 3 or more numeric characters in a row (such as 391 or 4421)
      • Choose a password with at least 3 character types
      • Use special characters in your password
      • Think of a phrase such as 'Learn by Doing; for Cal Poly.' Substitute characters, numbers and special characters for the first letter of each word in the phrase. For example: L-bd;4Cp.
      • Remember to use a unique password and save your password in a secure and private location.
  2. Using your password
    Once your password is accepted by the system, link to this login page and enter your username and password to access MyCalPoly and verify your personal information.

    APPLICANTS: You will need this password periodically throughout the application process. Please do not lose your passwords.

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