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Box Account Types: Cornell Enterprise or Personal

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Cornell Enterprise Account

Cornell University Enterprise Box accounts are available to current faculty, staff, and students. Cornell Enterprise Accounts provide more storage space and features than a personal account, but they should only be used for university-related content.

When someone graduates or leaves Cornell, they are provided with instructions for establishing a personal account at

Personal Account

Box offers free personal accounts to the public. Anyone can have a free personal Box account associated with a non-Cornell email address, and created with a username and password of their choosing.

If you create a free personal Box account, be sure to associate it with an email address other than your Cornell email account.

Check the Box site for details on storage space for public accounts. Files can be shared from a personal account to a university account.  

Find out more about personal Box accounts.

Feature Comparison

Some features are not available for personal accounts. Both the enterprise account and free personal account have:

  • File-sharing links
  • Mobile app
  • Secure transfer
  • Access notifications

The enterprise account has a file-size limit of 50 GB, while the free personal account's limit is 25 MB.

Only the enterprise account has:

  • Password-protected sharing
  • Faster uploads
  • Full text search
  • Download statistics and tracking
  • Role-based access
  • Version history (up to 100 previous versions)
  • Google Apps integration
  • Dedicated support
  • Secure storage
  • Group-based access
  • Single sign on
  • Mobile device management

Supported Official Box Apps

Box has Official Apps that they are contractually obligated to support, and all are available under Cornell’s Box Customer Agreement. See official Box-developed apps.

Third-Party Apps

More than 100 apps have been developed by other companies, which are neither contractually covered nor supported by Box. Although Cornell doesn't blocking any specific third party apps, Cornell Enterprise Box account users must be aware that information stored within Box and accessed by a third-party app is likely to be pulled out of the secure Box environment when the app is in use. See permitted uses for Cornell Box to review the types of institutional information we are concerned about protecting. Anyone using a Cornell Enterprise Box account should be aware they are subject to Cornell University Policy 4.12 and University Policy 5.10.

Cornell's implementation of Box is part of the Internet2 NET+ Services program.


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