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Student Accounts

The first thing you need to complete when you start your journey at TAMU-CC is getting your university account identification. There are three pieces of identification you will need to obtain: Student ID#, Island ID, and Student ID Card.

Student ID# or A-number

In order to protect the privacy and security of students, the university provides you with a unique, assigned identification number. This is a series of eight numbers called the “A-number” or the “Student ID”. It will serve as your universal student ID during the course of your attendance at TAMU-CC and will be used to verify your identity in lieu of your Social Security Number.
You will need to remember this number to identify yourself in university systems such as computers, email, SAIL, Blackboard…etc. You can find your A-number on the university acceptance letter. In case you lost the letter, you also can contact the Office of International Education or Office of Recruitment & Admissions to look up your number.

Island ID or Islander Email

Beside the numeric identification number mentioned above, your account is also associated with an alphabetic username called the “Island ID”. This usually consists of the first initial of your first name, followed by your last name. (For example John Smith = jsmith). Your Island ID is linked with the university email system, so people also call it the “Islander Email”.
As a new student, you will need to activate your Islander ID.
  1. Go to
  2. Click on New User
  3. Enter your A-number (Student ID) and date of birth, then Submit.
After activating your Islander ID, you will need to change the password associated with that username (Islander ID).
  1. Go to
  2. Click on Forgot your password
  3. Enter your Island ID, Student ID, and date of birth, then Submit.
  4. The next window will allow you to set up your own password.
After activating your Island ID and password, you should log into the university email portal.
  1. Go to
  2. Enter your Island ID with your newly set-up password
Please note that any official university correspondence, updates, as well as notification from our office or other campus departments will be sent to your Islander email, so check your university email account frequently.
After activating your Islander ID and changing your password, you should be able to connect to the University Wi-Fi on both our computer and mobile devices. Simply looking for the Wi-Fi network named “Islander_Student” and log on with your Island ID and password. 

Student Card or SandDollar Card

While you are assigned a Student ID and Island ID once you get accepted in the university, you will NOT be able to get your Student ID Card, or SandDollar Card, until you have checked-in with OIE (step 11) and registered for classes (step 12).
To get your Student Card, visit Sand Dollar Office at University Center, Room 107. They will take a picture of you and print your Student Card with that picture, so prepare to look nice.
Things you can do with your Student ID Card/Sand Dollar Card:
  • Deposit money into it to use on campus (please ask the Sand Dollar Office or Library Worker on how to do that)
  • Pay for dining, vending machines, copy machines on campus
  • Ride the bus free of charge.
  • Check out books at the library
  • Access to our recreational, fitness facilities, and athletic events.
  • Some local events or shops also have discounts for students if you hold a Student Card
After setting up your Islander ID, you can use it to log in SAIL and Blackboard to manage your academic information and class content.


S.A.I.L. is a secure student portal where you can access your student, academic, and financial records at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. By logging into S.A.I.L., you can gain online access to:
  • Maintain your contact information
  • Register for classes
  • Accept your financial aid awards
  • View your unofficial transcripts, grades, and class schedules
  • Request transcripts electronically
  • Purchase your parking permit
  • Pay your tuition
  • ...and more!
Visit and log in with your Island ID and password.


Blackboard is the online system used by faculty for daily class activities such as:
  • Accessing the syllabus, course content, and grades
  • Submitting assignments and viewing instructor feedback.
  • Engaging in discussions, blogs, wikis, and other interactive tools as directed by the instructor.
Not all instructors use Blackboard; however, if your instructor uses Blackboard, you can visit:, and log in with your Island ID and password.