MFA: Setting Up Multi-factor Authentication (MFA)

North Central utilizes multi-factor Authentication (MFA) for all users, including faculty, staff, adjuncts, and students. 

Utilize the steps below the set up MFA. Once installed and setup, keep the app installed on your phone, don't delete it. It will be periodically required to access your university account. Learn more about how often you will be prompted to use the authenticator.

The purpose of this article is to walk you through the process for setting up Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) for your NCU account.

Setting up MFA with the Microsoft Authenticator App

Setting up MFA for your NCU account is a straightforward process.  NCU utlizes the  FREE Microsoft Authenticator mobile app for the smoothest and secure user experience. NCU does not have direct access or control of the the Microsoft Authenticator. 

  Icon for the Microsoft Authenticator app provided by the Microsoft CorporationThis is a FREE app - do not pay for an app for this purpose.

You will need to have your smartphone and a computer available in order to complete these steps.

Step 1

Open your web browser (NCU's officially support web browser is Google Chrome (on all platforms)).

Step 2

Naviate to Skyline (

Step 3

Enter your North Central University FULL email address and click Next.

Step 4

Enter your password and click Sign in.

Step 5

Click No to not stay signed in (you may not see this screen if you have previously selected the "Don't show this again" checkbox.)

Step 6

Microsoft will prompt you about MFA with the following screen. Click Next.

Step 7

You will see this screen telling that you need to download the Microsoft Authenticator App on your smartphone. Click Next.

Step 8

Click Next.

Step 9

You will see the following page with instructing you to scan the QR code on with the Microsoft Authenticator app.

Step 10

Grab for phone and download the Microsoft Authenticator App from either the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

Step 11

Open the Microsoft Authenticator app on your smartphone, select to allow notifications (if prompted)

Step 12

Select the + sign in order to add an account.

Step 13

Select Work or School Account.

Step 14

Select Scan QR code.

Step 15

If prompted, Allow the Microsoft Authenticator app to Access the Camera or Allow Authenticator to take pictures and record video.

Step 16

In the Microsoft Authenticator app, press the scan a QR Code

Step 17

Use your smartphone to scan the QR code displayed on the screen.

Step 18

On your computer, after scanning the QR code with the app, click Next.

Step 19

Click Next. This will test out the notification to your smartphone. 

Step 20

Your browser will present a number for you to enter on your Microsoft Authenticator app,

Step 21

Enter the number and press Approved

Step 22

You can proceed to select next and done to finish the setup


Further reading

MFA: Installing the Microsoft Authenticator App

MFA: Setting up Microsoft Authenticator App using Mobile Phone/Device only

MFA: Using Authenticator App without Cell Service

MFA: Setting up Authenticator on a new phone

MFA: Multi-factor Authentication and North Central University


Need additional help?

Submit a MFA Service Request (if you have access to your account) or contact the IT Service Desk

Location: Miller Hall, 226

Phone: 612.343.4170

Hours of operation:  Monday-Friday: 7:30a to 4:30p CST

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