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E-Mail at UVM

All About E-Mail at UVM

All University affiliates (students, faculty, and staff) are entitled to a Network ID (NetID) and an email account with a standard email address. Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) creates NetIDs, standard email addresses, and email accounts for all affiliates automatically. The standard email address is used for all official University email communications. To use your account and standard email address, you must complete these steps:

  1. Activate your NetID
  2. Set your preferred default email address. For Exchange, the default is; you can set it to if you prefer.
  3. Choose and configure an email client program
  4. (Optional) Set up mail filtering and forwarding, and vacation notification

If you are in the College of Medicine, you may have to take additional steps by using the mail forwarding feature for either their standard UVM email address or their departmental address. By doing so, you will be able to receive official University communications addressed to your standard UVM address.

Activate your Network ID:

You do not have to request a NetID. If you are a University affiliate, one has been created for you already. To activate your account, go to and follow the directions at that site.

Choose and configure an email client:

Because people have many different working styles, ETS supports two primary methods for managing Email at UVM:

Web-Based Email: WebMail

UVM's WebMail (a browser based email client) is available from any Internet-connected computer - just go to in the web browser of your choice. All you need is your UVM NetID and your password. Webmail is a secure and simple way to manage your mail, although you may not find it to be as fast or as feature rich as the alternatives.
Log in to UVM WebMail...

The WebMail site will take Exchanges users to the UVM Webauth login, while non-migrated users will be presented with the traditional password fields after entering their Net-ID. Exchange users may login directly to Outlook on the Web at instead.

Dedicated Email Client:

People who handle large volumes of Email, who require features not available in WebMail, or who simply want a higher-performance Email solution will want to use a dedicated Email client. Although any IMAP-compliant Email client should work with UVM's mail servers, we recommend of one of the following three clients:

  • Microsoft Outlook
    Outlook is the recommended standard email—and calendaring—client for Exchange users at UVM. Available for Windows and OS X, it is a component of Microsoft Office. Outlook offers email, calendaring, server-based contacts, and other features, some of which may not be available in Outlook on the Web (OWA).
    More about Outlook...
  • Mozilla Thunderbird
    Thunderbird is the recommended IMAP email client at UVM, but is not recommended for Exchange users, as it cannot integrate with the calendaring system in Exchange. It is available for both Microsoft Windows and OS X.
    More about Thunderbird...
  • Apple Mail
    Apple Mail is included with versions of OS X and is an alternative to Outlook for OS X computers. Along with the Calendar, Contacts, and Notes apps, it fully supports Exchange features.
    More about Apple Mail...
  • Mobile Clients
    If you need to access University Email from a mobile device such as an Android, iPhone, or Windows phone or tablet, please see our separate pages on Mobile Device Support.
    More about Mobile Device Support...
  • Other Clients
    A number of other Email clients have been supported at the University in the past. Information on some of these clients may be available here.
    More about Other Clients...

Set up Mail Filtering and Forwarding, Spam Handling, and Vacation notification

Filtering, Forwarding, Spam Management and Vacation Message options can be managed from the UVM NetID and Account Management page. Exchange users must manage most of these features within OWA or Outlook.

  • Filters: Allow you to have mail sorted into separate boxes based on sender, size, or subject.
  • Forwarding: When forwarding has been set, all mail addressed to your standard UVM email address will be forwarded to a different account. This is useful if you prefer to use an account on a UVM division's or college's server for your primary email, or if you want another person to receive your mail while you are away. Use of this option likely be discontinued as security policy evolves.
  • Vacation Notification: can be set to alert those sending mail to you that you are on vacation or otherwise unavailable. Please note these notification replies will be sent to non UVM addresses. A handy feature of Exchange allows you to set one vacation notification for internal senders and an independant one—or none at all—for external senders.
  • Spam Management: Allows you to configure thresholds for and handling of messsages thought to be unsolicited bulk email (more commonly known as Spam).

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