Multifactor Authentication (MFA)

What is Multifactor Authentication?

MFA, or multi-factor authentication, is an additional security measure which helps protect your Microsoft Office 365 account. MFA requires you to login using something you know (your password) and something you own (i.e. your phone). This creates layered protection that helps keep your accounts secure and helps prevent hackers from gaining access to your personal information. You may already use MFA for your bank account, personal email, or even Amazon Prime! 

Century College will be enrolling students in MFA during Fall 2021! You will have the opportunity to self-enroll, or you will be automatically enrolled by the college. This means when you access your email or any Microsoft Office application online (such as OneDrive), you will enter and your StarID password, and you will get a phone call, a text, or a notification from the Microsoft Authenticator app.


When do I need to enroll?

IT Solutions highly recommends that you self-enroll NOW to minimize disruption to email or OneDrive access.  Students will enroll in MFA over several weeks per the following schedule:

Last Name Begins with

MFA Self-Enrollment Begins

MFA Self-Enrollment Ends

MFA Automatic Enrollment Occurs

A - D




E - I




J - M




N - Q




R - U




V - Z





How do I self-enroll in multifactor authentication?

The easiest way to self-enroll in multifactor authentication is to use a computer to set up MFA and a mobile phone to authenticate when prompted. You can select from several options to verify your account based on what kind of phone you have. If you do not have a phone, please contact the Student Technology Support Team at 651-779-3295 and prepare to come in person to get multifactor authentication set up for your account. Click on the links below to access step-by-step instructions and/or video demos for completing self-enrollment. Choose the verification option that most describes what you have access to:

I have a smartphone with apps

If you have a smartphone, we recommend using the Microsoft Authenticator app as your verification method.

-Link to Instructions

-Link to video


I have a phone that can receive texts or voice calls only

If you have a phone without apps, but can receive calls or texts, you can choose this option for verifying your account.

-Link to instructions

-Link to video


How do I self-enroll if I am not near a computer?

You can self-enroll using a smartphone only using the instructions below.

Link to instructions for enrolling with a smartphone only


How do I enroll if I don’t have a cell or smart phone?

Please visit our Student Open Computer Centers located in

East Campus: Library, room E1800

West Campus: room W3165


Frequently Asked Questions

Please see the document below: