Request a COE/ECE Computer Account

Accounts on the COE Unix/Windows system are available to all undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Engineering, as well as students taking College of Engineering classes. You must be registered to apply for an account. Faculty and Staff of the College of Engineering may also request accounts on the system using this form.

Note: you must be on the campus network or connected to the Northeastern VPN to use the Account Request form.

Request an account on the COE system.

ECE Accounts

If you are a grad student or faculty/staff member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, you may want to use the ECE domain name in your email address and home web page URL. You may also request extra disk space on the ECE departmental file server.

Obtaining an ECE Account

The ECE and COE systems have merged. If you already have a COE account, you also have an ECE account — the same username and password are valid for both domains.

If you are a student, faculty, or staff and don’t yet have an account on the ECE / COE system, request an account. You must be connected to the VPN to use this form.

Using your account for ECE email (

Your account can be used to send and receive mail from two addresses — and Mail sent to either address goes to the same Inbox. It’s just a matter of preference which address you use.

To use your ECE address for outgoing mail with an email client on your personal computer, please follow the setup instructions for COE email accounts. Set up the account with your ECE email address, but use the same COE server names for IMAP and SMTP.

If you prefer to use Pine on the Unix/Linux command line for mail, log in to and call epine. The epine command runs Pine with an ECE-specific configuration file, so that your outgoing messages will be from the ECE version of your address.

We regret that COE Webmail cannot be used to send mail from the ECE version of your email address.

You must use the COE SMTP server to send mail from your ECE account

Please note that the COE / ECE mail system will reject any messages with a From: address ending in or, unless they originate from the COE SMTP server This is a security measure to protect our users against spoofed malware messages.

Getting disk space on the ECE departmental file server

Send an email to to request space on the ECE departmental file server.

Once it is set up, your extra disk space will be available in the subdirectory ecefiles in your home directory.

Hostnames in the domain for research computers

The Computer Staff can assign a fixed IP address and hostname in the domain for certain research computers.

Configuring ECE mail

Users can use our web-based webmail to view their email or use a mail client like Outlook or Thunderbird using IMAP, POP, or PINE.

If using IMAP, change the incoming server to “” and the port to 993 and use SSL. Make sure the /mail is removed from the “advanced” tab.

If using POP, change the incoming mailserver to “” and the port to 995 and use SSL. If there are issues logging in or password problems, change COE password with the “sudo CP <user> <new_passwd> command. Note: IMAP is preferred over POP.

Main Settings:

  • The new incoming server is “”
  • The new imap port is 993
  • The new pop port is 995
  • Use SSL for both POP and IMAP


  • Go to “Tools,” “Account Settings,” “Server Settings” to find the locations where to make these changes
  • Click the “Advanced” button to make sure the “IMAP server directory” field is empty.


  • Go to “File,” “Account Settings” twice then select the “ece” account and click “Change”
  • Click “More Settings” then click the “Advanced” tab to view the ports and make sure the “Root folder path” is blank or empty.