What is a Bear 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 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 Canvas, ClassRoll, BearBucks statements, the Web Content Management System, and others. It is also considered a person's network ID.
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 your BearID (first time use), go to myBearID. There are links to the right that contain instructions to activate your BearID. This site will also assist users that have forgot their password. If the user wants to change their password and the current password is working, s/he can change the password by going to the My Accounts tab on myBearID. Enter your BearID and current password and follow the prompts.
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. These students can get assistance with their password by calling 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.
On your Web browser, go to myBearID. In the Documentation section, click on the BearID Activation link for instructions to activate your BearID.
New students and employees will receive an authorization code via an email message. Use this authorization code to gain access to the system and create your security questions. It is a good idea to choose questions that you can answer consistently the same way, as answering these questions is one way to gain access to your account 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 in the two blanks provided. (NOTE: The password you choose will be case-sensitive.)
Reviewed July 26, 2016