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Multifactor Authentication

Multifactor authentication (MFA) is a required extra layer of security that keeps your ACE account safe. Okta Verify is the fastest way for students and employees to verify their identity when logging into UNLV applications.

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As threats from phishing scams, malicious software, and compromised passwords increase, MFA is a necessary step to help protect yourself and the university from cyberattacks.

Best Practice

MFA is the industry standard for protecting data. Requiring multiple verification methods to log into campus applications helps prevent unauthorized access to credentials, devices, and other information, including data protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).


MFA is required by the federal government for institutions. UNLV receives federal funding (e.g., Pell Grants, student loans, etc.) and implemented MFA to comply with cybersecurity security regulations.


MFA is also required by accreditation bodies. In order to be an accredited university, UNLV must ensure students get credit for their classes and their degree, while ensuring the person is who they say they are before accessing any university data.

How MFA Works

With MFA, you will use something you know (ACE password) with something you have (smartphone/device) to prove that it is you when logging into campus applications.

Something you know plus something you have equals secure access.

Applications Requiring MFA

University applications will require MFA to prove that it is you when logging in.


Lecture Capture


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Self-Service Center

Student Wellness Clinic


Workday (on and off campus)


MFA is not required to log into classroom or university computers at this time.

Did You Know?

If you click the Keep me signed in box on the login page, you will not be required to re-verify your identity for 8 hours when accessing campus applications.

Verification Methods

With MFA, even if your ACE password is compromised, it makes it difficult for unauthorized users to access your account without having the additional method to verify your identity. Pick a primary and backup method when setting up MFA.

The free mobile app is the fastest way to verify your identity when logging into UNLV applications. Instead of typing a code, you respond yes/no to a push notification on your mobile device (smartphone, tablet, or smartwatch). Since internet access is not required, Okta Verify’s offline mode allows you to provide a verification method with a limited connection.

Similar to a flash drive, a USB security key will be inserted or tapped on your device when prompted. A phone is not required for this method. To obtain a security key, contact the IT Help Desk.

This method calls the phone number associated with your account and reads an access code aloud. You then type the code to verify your identity. This alternative does not require text messages or push notifications. Voice call and data rates may apply.

SMS authentication sends a text message with a one-time login code to your mobile device (smartphone, tablet, smartwatch). You must type the code by hand instead of quickly approving it via push notification from Okta Verify. Message and data rates may apply.

Setup MFA

If MFA is not set up, students and employees will be prompted to register for MFA when trying to access a campus application for the first time. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the one-time enrollment. Watch the tutorial videos below or reference the MFA knowledge base for more information.

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Okta Verify Mobile App

Security Key

Voice Call

Text (SMS Authentication)

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