Locating and using your PID number


The PID is Ohio University's way of identifying you without needing to use a sensitive piece of information like your Social Security number. PIDs start with "P" followed by nine digits.

  • Example: P123456789

PIDs are listed on your Ohio University identification card and as part of other records. Your official PID does not necessarily give anyone access to your personal OHIO information. Services that involve your personal records should always require positive physical identification and, for online services, your OHIO ID (the first part of your OHIO email address) and password. Faculty and staff are permitted to include PIDs in university correspondence, including email, as needed. 


Obtaining Your PID:

Follow these steps to locate your PID. 

  1. Log into the OHIO Accounts Page with your OHIO email and password. 
  2. Under Existing User, select Manage Account. 

  3. Select Account Information to show your PID. 

If your log in attempt is unsuccessful, please use one of our alternative methods. 

  • Note: Your OHIO account needs to be activated for this method. New students will receive an email from the admissions office with their PID and instructions for activating their OHIO account. If you can't find this email, follow our alternative methods. 

Alternative Methods

Current students

  • As a current student, you can obtain your PID using the following methods:

Faculty and staff


  • Alumni should contact the IT Service Desk to obtain their PID. Please be prepared to provide the following as proof of your identity:

    • Telephone number

    • Photo ID

    • A handwritten and signed note requesting your PID (your photo ID and note can be provided by taking a picture and sharing through email or fax).

Applicants and recently admitted students

  • An applicant or recently admitted student can obtain their PID by contacting the appropriate office below:

    • Undergraduate students: Undergraduate Admissions 740.593.4100 or admissions@ohio.edu

      • This includes all Ohio University campuses, OHIO Online, College Credit Plus, and non-degree students

    • Graduate students: Graduate College 740.593.2800

    • Medical students: Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 740.593.2500

Outcome: You should now be able to access your PID.

Get help from OIT

  • Visit the OHIO Accounts page to create a ticket or to learn more about accounts and passwords.

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