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Academic Technology Launchpad: Change or Reset Your Password

Quick Guide to computer and academic technology resources for students.

madison college logo on computerYour Student Account - username and password - gives you access to college resources computer help students logo

Get started: Set up your Student Account  OR  Change or Reset your Password

How to change or reset your Student Account information

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Minimum Password Standard for College Accounts 

Length - your Password must be at least 10 characters long. Maximum length 25 characters.

Complexity -  your Password should contain at least one (1) character from three (3) of the following categories: 

  • Uppercase letters (A-Z)
  • Lowercase letters (a-z)
  • Digits (0-9)
  • Special characters ( ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & * _ - + = ` | \ ( ) { } [ ] : ; " ' < > , . ? /)


  • Do not use your Username, or your first, last, or middle name as part of the password.
  • Do not use a Special Character as the first character in the Password when creating a student account. 
  • Follow any on screen prompts to help create a secure password. 

Changing your Password

  • Do not reuse any of your last 4 passwords. 
  • Change your password at least once per year.
  • Don't get locked out - After changing your password, remember to update your personal computer and mobile accounts right away on your personal computers or mobile devices for any college accounts  (Blackboard, email, MC-Secure wireless,...) Your account may become locked if a device tries to connect unsuccessfully too many times.

from College Password Policy - effective 2015


Password length and complexity, and changing passwords periodically, helps ensure the security of your network account, and college network security.