Password Self-Service
Password Help


The self-service password web page is available for TCU Students, Faculty, and Staff to change passwords, unlock accounts, and reset a forgotten password. The service is available on the Internet, 24 hours/day. The page is located at More about TCU Information Security and Privacy Policies can be found at


Password requirements

  • The password must be at least 7 characters in length
  • The password must contain at least one alpha character: A - Z, a - z
  • The password must contain at least one numeric character: 0 - 9
  • The password must contain at least one special character:
    ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ + = ~ `
    [ ] { } ; : ' " / ? , . < >
  • The password cannot be the same or too similar to your previous password
  • The password cannot contain your name or username
  • The password must not be found in a dictionary, even foreign dictionaries (except for words of 4 characters or less)
  • The password expires every 120 days

Password Tips and Examples:

  • Never give your password to anyone. If you feel your password has been compromised, simply change the password to something new.
  • Never use personal information in your password. For example, don’t use your name, username, address, phone number, birthday, or social security number.
  • Use memorable words in the password but substitute letters with numbers and special characters:  
    • $urfb0ard - The word SURFBOARD with "$" in place of the letter "s" and the number "0" in place of the letter "o"
    • b@dg1rls - The words BAD GIRLS with "@" in place of the letter "a" and the number "1" in place of the letter "i"
  • Use character combinations that are easy to type:
    • adkdk48*

  • Combine easy to type and easy to remember combinations:
    • s.padr3 - That last vacation at South Padre was a great one, right? 
    • espn88* - For the sports fanatic!
  • Use mnemonic devices to remember your complex password:
    • tcgh4m! - Teenagers cause grey hair for moms!
    • i8ppedfam! - I ate pepperoni pizza every day for a month! 


About Complex Passwords


Complex passwords are a necessity for basic computer and network security. In addition, passwords are critical in safeguarding personal information and protecting yourself from identity theft. A password's strength increases with its length, complication of characters used and the frequency of changes. Be suspicious of anyone who asks for your password. Even computer support personnel do not need to know your password. Report problems to the Information Commons help desk or to


Passwords and Laptop Computers


Caution to laptop users:  When passwords are changed from a laptop not connected to the TCU network, the old password will have to be used to log in to the laptop locally until the laptop is connected to the network again. After returning to campus, plug the laptop into a network jack and the passwords will synchronize so that the laptop will recognize the new password.


Please contact the Computer Help Desk with any questions:
Faculty & Staff - (817) 257-6855 

Students - (817) 257-5855