The Universal Indentificatioin Number (or UIN) is a nine-digit number issued to all Texas A&M affiliates. The
number is maintained by the Texas A&M System Offices. At Texas A&M University, the UIN is considered the
student identification number for all students and as the non-Social Security Number identifier for all staff and
To obtain your 9-digit Universal Identification Number (or UIN), you may contact the Records section within the
Office of the Registrar, and they will be able to assist you. You will need to send them a signed request (by fax or
by sending a scanned copy via email). The request will need to include your full name, date of birth, a statement
requesting your UIN, and instructions on how you wish to receive this information (e.g., email, fax,
or regular mail). You can email your request to
email@example.com, or fax the Records section at 979-845-1086. For questions please contact the Records Section
by phone at 979-845-1003.
The UIN is used at Texas A&M University throughout a student's entire association with the institution,
starting with the application process and continuing through former student status. Former students who were enrolled at Texas
A&M University during the fall 1985 semester or later may utilize
Howdy to access certain services available to former students (e.g., review their academic records, order official
transcripts, etc.) by logging on with their NetID and password. A student's NetID and password will expire two years
after his or her last term of enrollment.
Former students who have not been enrolled at Texas A&M University within the past two years but need to access
Howdy will need to complete the Former Student Questionnaire to start the process of reactivating their NetID.
Former students may enter their Social Security Number in the 9-digit identification number field on the questionnaire
to obtain their UIN, which will be needed to activate their NetID. However, some former students will not be able to
submit a social security number to submit on the questionnaire (e.g., a former international student, etc.) or the system
may not accept the Social Security Number provided by the former student. In these instances, the UIN is required to
complete the questionnaire.
Additional information regarding account activation for former student access to Howdy may be found at the
Help Desk Central website.