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New York Times Digital Edition (Website) Academic Pass: Home

New York Times Academic Pass

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Get Started:

 Go to

1.   Choose "Create Account" and enter your Alfred University email address and a password of your choosing (this password is used only for logging in to Click on "Create Account"

3.   You will then see "Check your e-mail." Look for a message with the subject line Confirm Your E-Mail Address, which should arrive within 15 minutes. If you don’t get the confirmation e-mail, check your Junk folder.

4.   Click on the link in the confirmation e-mail. This will simultaneously verify your eligibility and grant your Academic Pass, which will provide access to for 365 days.

5.  If you don't receive the confirmation e-mail, send an email from your email address to with subject line: “Academic Pass - no verification email.”


If you previously registered on, but did not registered with your Alfred University e-mail, you will need to change your account information. To do so, log in to, click on your login name on the very upper right. When the drop down box opens, click on “My Account” and change your e-mail address to your campus e-mail account where indicated on the page, then hit the SAVE button.

Returning Users

Once you have followed the steps for first-time users and activated an Academic Pass, you have access for 365 days, after which you must re-register. You should receive a reminder notice from the NYT with a link to re-activate your pass. 

If you lose access to, do the following:

Please note that access does not include e-reader editions, Premium Crosswords or The New York Times Crosswords apps. NYTimes apps are not supported on all devices. Access to archived articles within the date range 1923-1980 is limited. You must have a valid Alfred University email address to participate.


Academic Site License FAQ’s

If you are having problems accessing your Academic Pass, click the link below:

Troubleshooting Guide »

I keep having to log into with my e-mail address and password each time I want to enter the site, what can I do?

Some internet browser software provides for the user to enable “'private browsing”' or “incognito browsing”. These settings inhibit the use of cookies and therefore the user would be prompted to log into each time they want to access the site. Eliminating these setting should resolve that problem. Another issue could be automatic cache clearing setup on your computer.  This would eliminate the cookie requiring the user to log into the site if the cookie has been removed.

Why use the Academic Pass to read the NYTimes Web edition?

On March 28, 2011, the New York Times began charging for access to its Web edition. Most people, except those with subscriptions, are capped at viewing 10 articles each month before charges take effect. The Academic Pass gives you access to content without cap limits.

I already have a digital subscription. What should I do? does not permit a double entitlement.  If you have an existing paid digital subscription, you are not eligible for an Academic Pass. You should continue to access the Times via your own subscription.

Should I cancel my existing digital subscription to make use of the site license access?

The New York Times Academic Site License has some restrictions that your personal subscription may not have. Consider the options before deciding one way or another.

Can I access the Times off-campus?

Yes, as long as you have registered using your campus e-mail address and obtained your Academic Pass.

Why am I asked to login on some occasions and not others?

This may be because your browser may clear its Web cache/history if it is set to do so. In such cases you will need to login back into to, but there is no need to get another Academic Pass.

Do campus alumni have access?

No, only current students, faculty and staff will have access via the Academic Pass.

I still need help!

If you are still experiencing problems, contact NYT site license support at for assistance or reach out to the Alfred University Libraries at