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Colleague Self-Service (CSS) is an important portal that allows students to access their academic and financial information while enrolling and attending DigiPen. Students can use CSS to register for classes, view grades and classroom information, track financial aid and scholarship progress, and more. CSS is only available to incoming students and students currently attending DigiPen.

CSS is used for most of your academic needs. To open your CSS account, please follow these instructions.

How to Register for CSS

Shortly after completing your application to DigiPen and getting accepted, you will receive an email with instructions on how to complete registration of your CSS account. This email contains required credentials unique to your account. Without the email, you cannot complete registration. Please check the email address you applied to DigiPen with and make sure the email didn’t get filtered into any spam folders. Please contact if you cannot find the email.

Once you have the email open, follow these quick steps. The email will provide additional details.

  1. Visit the Password Reset page provided in the email.

  2. Input the username provided in the email.

  3. Enter the email you used when applying to DigiPen.

  4. Click “Request Reset” and you’ll receive a separate email with a password reset link.

  5. Follow the password reset link, enter your new password, and submit.

Now that you have your credentials updated, you’ll be able to log in to CSS.

How to Log in to CSS

Accessing CSS involves a few short steps:

  1. Visit the Colleague Self-Service Sign In page.

  2. Enter the username provided in the email.

  3. On the next page, enter the same username along with the password you created.

You’ll be able to access CSS after these three steps, but your first time logging in will prompt you to enable Two-Factor Authentication.

How to Enable Two-Factor Authentication

Keeping your CSS account safe and secure is an important part of maintaining your academic records at DigiPen, and that’s why we are requiring students to enable Two-Factor Authentication and use it whenever they log in to Colleague Self-Service.

Please have an app that supports Time-based One-time Password (TOTP) functionality such as Microsoft Authenticator or Google Authenticator installed on your phone before starting. Our instructions cover activation through QR code, but you also have the option of activating through a number key.

Log in to CSS and the prompt to enable Two-Factor Authentication should appear. From there, complete the following steps:

  1. Click the “Scan QR code” text below these instructions to reveal your unique QR code.

  2. Switch to your phone and open the authenticator app we recommended you download above.

  3. In the app, select the option to scan a QR code.
    1. Microsoft Authenticator: Tap the plus sign in the top right corner, then select the school account option. Finally, pick the scan QR option.

    2. Google Authenticator: Tap the plus sign in the bottom right corner, then select the QR option to activate your camera.

  4. Using the camera within your phone’s authenticator app, scan the unique QR code you previously revealed on this webpage.

  5. Click “Continue” on the webpage.

  6. Enter the six-digit code generated by the app, then click “Authenticate.”

See our video walkthrough for a visual guide to enabling Two-Factor Authentication:

If you run into any issues setting up Two-Factor Authentication or using your TOTP-compliant app, please contact IT for additional guidance. You can also reach out if you need to reset your Two-Factor Authentication.

Your account should now be safely secured, and you can start using Colleague Self-Service for all your academic and financial needs. Have your authenticator app easily accessible as CSS will prompt you for a unique code every time you log in.

Accepted students will gain access to additional CSS features once they have enrolled. Graduates of DigiPen will retain access to CSS with alumni-focused features, whereas students who withdraw will no longer have access to CSS.