Career Accounts

Whether they're here four years or many more, all faculty, staff and students are provided with 5 gigabytes of storage in their Purdue Career Account as long as they are affiliated with Purdue. By storing and accessing documents through the Career Account home directory, the need to carry or print extra documents is eliminated. The home directory is always available, anytime, anywhere. A personal web page (designated as the "www" folder) can be created in the home directory by following instructions found on the Purdue IT self-help knowledge base. 

Additional information about your Purdue Career Account may be found at:

For information about how to change your Purdue Career Account password, click here.

Anyone needing login or password assistance may visit the Purdue IT Service Desk. A Purdue photo ID is needed for identification purposes.

Home Directory Access

From an Purdue IT lab:

  • From a Windows PC, go to Windows Explorer and look for drive H:
  • From an Apple Mac, your Career Account home directory is mounted as your home directory.

From your personal desktop or laptop:

From your personal desktop or laptop, you can can access your home directory by setting up a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection. Once connected to the campus network, you can map a network drive to access it, or use any Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) program to access your files. Note: You only need to establish a VPN connection while off campus (at home, while traveling, from a coffee shop, etc.). Connecting to the VPN while on campus is unnecessary.

Set up VPN and map home directory
To learn how to map your home directory over a VPN connection please read the following knowledge base article: What is my career account home directory?.

Using FTP 
To use FTP, you will need a secure file transfer program.

SecureFX is used in Purdue IT PC labs and is available for free download at For more information on SecureFX please visit

Fetch is used in the Purdue IT Mac labs and is available for free download at Fetch is free to all Purdue faculty, students and staff by filling out the education license request form.

Use for the server name and log in with your Purdue Career Account login and password. Use port 22 if your FTP program requires you to enter port information.

Any secure file transfer client can be used. Many are available for free by downloading from the internet. For more information see: Accessing your account using File Transfer Protocol

UNIX Access

UNIX can also be used to access your home directory. Your Career Account login and password can be used to log in to:
  • (Faculty)
  • (Students) 

UNIX access requires the use of a program that supports Secure Shell (SSH), which will give you access to a variety of tools, including the ability to access your MySQL database account.

Getting Help

The answer to your question might be in the Purdue IT Knowledge Base. If you still need assistance, please contact the Service Desk.