Create or Change Your ACS Account on the Web


Faculty, staff and students of the Boston University can now register for ACS accounts on the Internet. Those who have existing ACS accounts can change their Kerberos passwords via the Web as well.

What is ACS?

ACS is NOT the same thing as BUMC MEDLINE Plus. Each system requires a separate, individual login name & password. ACS is administered by the Office of Information Technology; while BUMC MEDLINE Plus is administered by the Alumni Medical Library.

Through ACS, students, faculty, and staff at Boston University have access to a wide variety of computing resources for communication, coursework, instruction, and research. ACS (Academic Computing System), is a general-access UNIX cluster you can use for e-mail, World Wide Web browsing, word processing, programming, research, and more.

The primary shared academic system is a cluster of large, multiuser IBM RS/6000 computers. This system supports a wide range of applications under the UNIX operating system.

A variety of application software packages and computer languages are available on ACS:

Eligibility for ACS Accounts

Faculty, staff and students of the Boston University Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine and Public Health are eligible to apply for ACS accounts.

Faculty and staff of the Harrison Avenue and East Newton Street campuses are generally not eligible for BU ACS e-mail accounts. These individuals should contact the hospitals' Information Services help desk at 534-7953 or 617-638-7953 for information on e-mail services.

If you are unsure of your eligibility, contact Ron Tate, LRC Lab Manager at rtate@bu.edu or 617-638-4576.

Applying for an ACS Account on the Web

  1. Apply for an ACS e-mail account directly over the Web at http://www.bu.edu/computing/accounts.

    Following the prompts on the screen, enter your last name and Boston University identification number. [Note: Your BU id number is your "terrier card" number, NOT your social security number.] The system will prompt you to choose a login name and a Kerberos password -- be sure to read the instructions very carefully.

  2. After you've completed the online application, go to the printed application at http://www.medlib.bu.edu/library/NewACSaccount.html.

    Print the application and complete the required information.

  3. Submit the printed application to any staff person in the the LRC computing lab (11th floor of the library). You must also show your valid BU identification card to LRC staff person.

  4. To check whether your account has been activated, attempt to login with your login name & password after 2 - 3 working days. If you are initially unsuccessful, try again in a few days. Please note that you will not be informed when your ACS account is activated -- you much check yourself by attempting to login to the system.

Changing Kerberos Passwords Via the Web

If you already have an ACS account, changing your password regularly will help ensure your privacy. Go to the ACS Web page at http://www.bu.edu/computing/accounts/acs.

Following the prompts on the screen, enter your last name and Boston University identification number. [Note: Your BU id number is your "terrier card" number, NOT your social security number.] The system will then ask for your existing ACS login name, and provide detailed instructions on changing your Kerberos password.

Accessing ACS from Home or Office Computers

To use ACS, you must have a PC, MAC or Windows-based computer, a working modem or network connection, and a valid ACS login name & password.

For more information about ACS, contact the LRC computer lab at 617-638-5433, or the Office of Information Technology at it@bu.edu or 617-353-7280.