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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 and an email account with a standard email address.  Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) creates Network IDs, 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 easy steps:

  1. Activate your Network ID
  2. Choose and configure an email client program
  3. (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 Network ID.  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 is available from any Internet-connected computer - just go to in your web browser.  No configuration is required; all you need is a web browser (such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari), 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...

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:

  • Mozilla Thunderbird
    Thunderbird is the recommended standard email client at UVM.  It is available for both Windows, Macintosh, and Windows operating systems.
    More about Thunderbird...
  • Apple Mail
    Apple Mail is included with all Macintosh system since version OS X version 10.1.  If you wish to avoid installing Thunderbird on your system, Apple Mail is a convenient solution.
    More about Apple Mail...
  • Mobile Clients
    If you need to access University Email from a mobile device such as a Blackberry, iPhone, or Windows Mobile device, 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 the use 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 NetworkID and Account Management page

  • 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.
  • Vacation Notification: can be set to alert those sending mail to you that you are on vacation or otherwise unavailable.
  • Spam Management: Allows you to configure thresholds for and handling of messsages thought to be unsolicited bulk email (more commonly known as SPAM).

Last modified November 29 2011 12:38 PM

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