Email

Every person who has a UW NetID has a default email address of your_uwnetid@u.washington.edu or your_uwnetid@uw.edu (they are equivalent). Official messages from the University are sent only to your UW email address. You can keep your UW email address after you graduate or no longer attend UW.

What are my options for email?

All UW Tacoma students (except Nursing and Healthcare Leadership) must choose to use either UW Google or UW Windows Live for their email. These accounts are not the same as your personal Gmail or Windows Live accounts. Please do not choose email forwarding to your personal email account. Refer to the UW Tacoma email policy for more information. Once you activate your UW email (see below), you can access your UW Google or UW Windows Live mail through MyUW.

Requirement for Nursing and Healthcare Leadership students

UW Tacoma Nursing and Healthcare Leadership students are required to use UW deskmail (Alpine) to meet HIPAA requirements and should not use the UW cloud services (UW Google or UW Windows Live) or personal email accounts. Follow these instructions on how to configure your UW email for deskmail (alpine). Once you have your email configured for UW deskmail (Alpine) you will check your email through MyUW or by going directly to Alpine.

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UW Windows Live

Notice: Starting on 9/4/12, email will not be included with new UW Windows Live accounts. UW Windows Live accounts that already have email enabled will undergo a major transition in the near future. Setting up a new UW Windows Live account is not recommended at this time. It is recommended that new accounts use UW Google Email. For updated information, please visit IT Connect: http://www.washington.edu/itconnect/connect/email/uw-windows-live/


UW Windows Live is a free email service available for current UW students, alumni, and former students as part of UW Windows Live.  It provides ad-free email and calendaring with 10 GB of storage and continued use of your @u.washington.edu or @uw.edu email address. To activate a UW Windows Live account, you must sign up for a UW Windows Live ID.

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Check your UW Windows Live email

UW Google Email

UW Google Email is a free email service available for current UW students, alumni, and former students as part of UW Google Apps.  It provides ad-free email and calendaring with over 7 GB of storage and continued use of your @u.washington.edu or @uw.edu email address. To activate a UW Google Email account, you must sign up for UW Google Apps services.

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Check your UW Google email

Can I forward my email to my personal account?

Please do not forward your UW email to your personal email account. When you activate your UW Windows Live or UW Google email, you will have the opportunity to change your email forwarding to UW. Refer to the UW Tacoma email policy for more information. To double check or change your email forwarding,

Where do I go to check my email?

Once you activate your email, you can access your UW Google or UW Windows Live mail through MyUW. Nursing and Healthcare Leadership students can access Alpine through MyUW.

What are my options for email?

Alpine

Faculty and staff can continue to use Alpine for online email access. You can access your Alpine email through MyUW or directly at alpine.washington.edu. Please note that all students (except Nursing and Healthcare Leadership students) must use either UW Windows Live or UW Google Email and should not forward to personal email accounts. Refer to the UW Tacoma email policy for more information.

WebPine

WebPine is no longer supported as an online email option. Faculty and staff who were using WebPine should use Alpine instead.

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How do I get an email list for my class?

If your class consists of only ONE section, you can have a mailman list created automatically.

  1. Log into MyUW. Select the Teaching link on the left part of the screen.
  2. Locate the particular class in the My Class Resources section.
    • If your class is in a future quarter, you will need to click on the large drop-down button with the current quarter/year and select the desired future quarter.
  3. If the class information is not showing below the class title, click the plus icon icon next to the title to manage the class details. 
  4. Click on "Request Class Email List" from the options.
  5. When the window pops up describing the list, click "Create Mailing List".

Your list will be created automatically and you will be emailed with the exact name when it is ready.

What if I have multiple sections of my course?

  1. Login to MyUW.  Select the Teaching link on the left part of the screen.
  2. Locate the particular class in the My Class Resources section.
    • If your class is in a future quarter, you will need to click on the large drop-down button with the current quarter/year and select the desired future quarter.
  3. If the class information is not showing below the class title, click the plus icon icon next to the title to manage the class details. 
  4. Click on "Request Class Email List" from the options.
  5. When the window pops up describing the list DO NOT CLICK  "Create Mailing List"!  Read the second paragraph and click on the link for the request form: 

"If you need an automatic mailing list that includes students from multiple classes, use the Mailman Class List Request Form instead. "

Can I keep my UW email after I graduate?

We have good news for you, UW Alum. If you have already set up your UW Windows Live and/or UW Google email accounts, you will have access to UW emails, UW Live and UW Google resources even after you leave UW. For more information, or to learn how to activate your UW Windows Live or UW Google account, please visit the UW Alumni Association webpage.