Passwords: Password Requirements and Expiration

University of Maryland University College passwords must be at least 10 or more characters in length (and no more than 127 characters) and contain at least 3 of the following: 1 uppercase letter, 1 lowercase letter, 1 number, or 1 special character (!@^*%).

To increase the security of your UMUC account, student passwords expire every 180 days. Faculty and staff passwords expire every 90 days.

Password Tips

  • You can use a phrase to generate a good password. For example, in "I Love to Eat Hotdogs Everyday," use the first letters of the phrase, iltehe. Then apply capitalization, and substitute punctuation or numbers for letters. Your password might then be Il2e!E.
  • You can also use a common word as a seed for a password. By itself, "hotdog" makes a horrible password, but if you apply some of the tricks above (capitalization, punctuation, and misspellings) the result is a much better password: H0t!daWg.
  • You can also use a word, but substitute numbers for some of the letters. For example, by replacing the vowels with the number 7 in the word "Spiderman," the password could be Sp7d7rm7n.
  • Changing your password frequently will add a layer of security to your MyUMUC account. The longer the same password is linked to a username on the Internet, the greater the likelihood that someone knows or can guess what it is.
  • If you think someone knows your password, change it immediately. Protect your password as carefully as you do the PIN for your bank card. Do not write your password where someone else using your workstation could easily find it.

Need help? Visit http://www.umuc.edu/help/passwords or call 888-360-8682.