Bear ID

What is a Bear ID?

The Bear ID is an electronic identifier created uniquely for every student and employee of Baylor. Also, some additional affiliated constituents of the University may have Bear IDs. It is used to access electronic resources like email, campus software installers, and some software systems, including Blackboard, ClassRoll, BearBucks statements, the Web Content Management System, and others. It is also considered a person's network ID.

The Bear ID is generally in the format firstname_lastname. (first or preferred name...underscore...last name) Middle initials, first and middle initials, and incremental numbers may be used when the Bear ID is created in order to avoid duplicates.

The Bear ID concatenated with "@baylor.edu" becomes an individual's Baylor email address.

A person is given a Bear ID at a point early in their affiliation with Baylor. Students are provided a Bear ID after acceptance to the University and payment of the admissions deposit. Employees get a Bear ID in the first few days of their employment. The Bear ID is always entered with a password.

What about the password?

With a few exceptions (see next paragraph), each individual must set his or her own Bear ID password online. This can be done at the time the Bear ID is first activated or when a person changes their password. To activate or change your BearID password, go to the Manage Your BearID page. If someone has forgotten their Bear ID password or the password has expired, s/he can change the password by going to the Manage Your BearID page. Click on "Change BearID Password" and then click on "Forgot my password". You will be asked to enter your last name, date of birth, and Baylor ID#. If this effort fails, call the Help Line at ext. 4357 for assistance.

The exceptions to this process include foreign students who don't know their Baylor ID# and special students affiliated with Baylor through certain summer programs only. These folks can get their password set through a call to the Help Line.

Is case important?

While various case formats (bob_baylor, BOB_BAYLOR, bob_Baylor) will often function successfully, some systems require formal upper and lower case (e.g. Bob_Baylor). Therefore, it is recommended that the Bear ID always be entered in this manner.

A Bear ID password must always be entered with the case just as it was originally set up.

What is a Bear ID not?

A Bear ID is not the Baylor ID number, the Baylor ID card number, the Baylor ID, or a PIN. It is also not the userid or password a student may have created when first applying for admission to Baylor. It is not a number. It is not restricted to a certain length, however some systems will only accept the first 20 characters of the Bear ID.

Activate your Bear ID and set your password.

  1. On your Web browser, go to this location: http://www.baylor.edu/bearid.

  2. In order to verify your identity, you will be prompted to enter your last name (upper/lower case does matter), date of birth, and Baylor ID number in the appropriate boxes and click the Next button. (If you do not know your Baylor ID number, you can look it up by clicking here.)

  3. Then (after a couple of minutes) a page will display that shows you the Baylor information systems usage policies.

  4. You should review these policies and click on the "I have read and agree with this policy" link at the bottom of the page.

  5. At this point, you will be asked to select two security questions. It is a good idea to choose questions that you can answer consistently the same way, as you will have to correctly answer these questions if your password expires or if you forget your password. After selecting security questions and answering them, you will enter a password to secure your account. Follow the directions regarding choosing an appropriate password, enter your password twice, and click the Next button. (NOTE: The password you choose will be case-sensitive.)

  6. Your Baylor Bear ID and email address will then be displayed, and you will get verification that your Bear ID and password have been activated.


Reviewed February 27, 2014