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Manage Your Account Settings

Change or Reset Password

You can change or reset your password in your Account Settings. Select the dropdown arrow next to your username in the upper right corner of any page and select Account.

Click Reset Your Password.


An email will be sent to your registered email address with a link to follow to reset your password.

Passwords must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. 8 to 11 characters (longer is better)
  2. Contain at least three of the following categories:
    • Lowercase letters
    • Uppercase letters
    • Numbers
    • Punctuation
  3. Not be a dictionary word or proper name
  4. Not contain : (colon) or  ' (apostrophe) or a space character
  5. Not contain any part of your real name or account name

Additionally, when registering for a new account, passwords cannot contain $ ' ! : " or SPACE.

If you cannot sign in to your account, click Forgot Password? on the sign in page, and a password reset link will be sent to your registered email address.

Note: If you are using UC San Diego Single Sign On and you need to reset your password, you must do so at

Update Email Address

You use your registered email address to sign in to your account. In addition, communications from your course teams are sent to this address. 

You can change your registered email address in your Account Settings. Select the dropdown arrow next to your username in the upper right corner of any page and select Account.

Remove the current address from the email field, and type in your new email. After you click out of the email text field, you will see the message "We've sent a confirmation message to 'email address'." Click the link in the email message to update your email address.

Note: It is not possible to change an account email address to use an email connected to another UC San Diego Online account, or a previously deleted account. If you enter an already used address the confirmation will not be sent.

Profile Set-up

You can create a profile to personalize your identity on UC San Diego Online, and you can choose to share either a limited profile or full profile with other class participants. 

A Limited Profile includes:

  • Only your username
  • A profile picture
A Full Profile includes: 
  • Your full name
  • Your username
  • Your profile image (optional)
  • The date that you joined UC San Diego Online
  • Your language (optional)
  • Your location (optional)
  • Information about you (optional)
  • Links to any course Statements of Accomplishment that you have earned
  • Links to your social media accounts (optional)

To add or update your profile

  1. At the top of any page, select the menu icon next to your username, then select Profile.
  2. In the header area of your profile page, for Profile Visibility, select Limited Profile or Full Profile.
  3. (Optional) Add a profile image.
    Your image must be a .gif, .jpg, or .png file that is less than 1 MB in size. If you do not add an image, the placeholder image appears as your profile image.
    1. Move your cursor over the placeholder image, and click Upload an image.
    2. In the file navigation window, select the image file that you want to use as your profile image, and then click Open.
      To change or remove your profile image, move your cursor over your image, and then select either Change image or Remove. When you remove your profile image, the placeholder image appears as your profile image.
  4. On your profile page, move your cursor over the information that you want to change.
  5. Click inside the field to choose an option from the list, or enter text.

The site saves your changes automatically.

Note: If you change your profile type from Full Profile to Limited Profile, your full name, location, language, and descriptive paragraph are no longer visible on your profile page. However, this information is saved and becomes visible again to other learners and course teams if you change your profile back to Full Profile.

Update Account Settings

To change or view your UC San Diego Online account details, make sure you are signed in, then click the arrow next to your username in the top corner and choose Account.


In your UC San Diego Online account settings you can update:

 Here is a direct link to your Account Settings.

Link Social Media Accounts

To link your personal accounts such as Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn to the social media icons on your UC San Diego Online profile, you first need to link that account in your UC San Diego Online Account Settings.

1. After logging in to UC San Diego Online account, select the dropdown menu next to your username, then select Account.

2. About halfway down the page you will see a Social Media Links section with fields for links to your social media accounts.

To unlink your UC San Diego Online account from a social media account, delete the URL from the field.

Update Name

Your full name appears on the Statements of Accomplishment that you earn, and on your learner profile page if you select Full Profile for profile visibility.

To change the full name in your UC San Diego Online account

  1. Select the dropdown menu icon next to your username then select Account.
  2. Next to the Full Name field click Edit, then make the changes you want to your full name.
  3. When done, click save

Note: You can change your full name, but you cannot change your public username.

About the Courses page

Your Courses page gives you access to the courses and that you have enrolled in, information such as course start and end dates, and email settings. On this page, you can also unenroll from any of your courses and view the course start and end dates. 

Access the page by selecting Courses at the top of any page.  Here is a direct link to the Courses page.

Set Local Time Zone

In your account settings, you can set your local time zone so that course dates and times are displayed in your local time.

If you do not select a time zone, the following dates and times are shown in your web browser's time zone:

  • Course dates and times in the body of courses you are enrolled in
  • Dates and times on the Progress page in your courses
  • Course dates and times on your Courses page

If you do not set a time zone, some dates and times elsewhere on might use Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). To convert UTC to your local time, check World Time Server or other Internet time services. 

Time zone indicators

Dates and times that use your local time zone or the browser time zone are in military (24-hour) time and are followed by a time zone indicator. For example, 17:00 Sept 16, 2018 IOT.

Dates and times in UTC do not have a time zone indicator.