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What Is a CCRMA User Account?

A CCRMA user account is your identity as a member of the CCRMA community and provides access to a variety of computing services.

The Old Days

Once upon a time Stanford had only one computer. It was located off-campus and CCRMA began with a small group of people using this computer. Being able to use this computer meant having a login, with the following features:


Your modern “CCRMA Account” traces its technical and philosophical lineage to the logins of old. It includes:


Most of all, your having a CCRMA account represents a level of trust that CCRMA has placed in you. We expect you to be a “good citizen” as you pursue your classwork, research, and creative activities at CCRMA, including:

SUNet ID, SUID, and Keycard access

Please note that a CCRMA account is different from a Stanford-wide SUNet ID. Both are logins to computing services, the former just for CCRMA and the latter for all of the rest of Stanford.

Both of these virtual logins are different from your Stanford University ID Number (“SUID”), a unique 7-digit number identifying you at Stanford and printed on your Stanford ID Card, an actual physical rectangular plastic card with your name and photograph.

If you have a Stanford ID Card then CCRMA staff can activate it to be an electronic keycard giving you physical access to the building exterior doors and also certain inside doors.

Most CCRMA users are active Stanford students, faculty, or staff, and therefore have all of the above, but there are many exceptions. Notably, Alumni have their SUNet services shut down (e.g., losing their email) but your CCRMA account lasts forever (unless you abuse it).

Getting a CCRMA Account (and keycard access)

Most people get CCRMA accounts because they need one for a CCRMA class they are taking.

You need a faculty or staff sponsor to receive a CCRMA account.

To receive a CCRMA account you must agree to act in accordance with the Stanford Computer and Network Usage Policies.

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