Get an .edu email account

Contents
  1. You don’t have to be a current student to be eligible
  2. Why consider an .edu email address?
  3. It is necessary
  4. More professional
  5. Discounts
  6. How do you get an .edu email address if you are a student or employee?
  7. How do you get an .edu email address when you graduate?
  8. Features of .edu email addresses

You don’t have to be a current student to be eligible

The .edu address is reserved for educational institutions, and people usually have one of these addresses next to their personal address. They are issued by schools from primary to graduate school. Let’s take a look at why you might want to buy one for yourself and how you can do it.

Why consider an .edu email address?

Why would someone use an .edu address instead of a single personal address? There are several reasons why you might want to.

It is necessary

First, you must have it because you are currently studying at that particular school. These accounts are important to students as they are one of the primary ways to receive messages from the school about classes, registration, etc. Students can also use this account to submit assignments.

Alternatively, if you are a teacher or other administrative staff member, this is actually your work email.

More professional

If you like your personal email, you can use an .edu address when you need to send emails in a more professional context. For example, using this address to search for a job allows recruiters to immediately know where you went to school, and makes a better first impression than an email from “beerboy191@gmail.com”.

Also, like any other free email address, they can be helpful in reducing spam to your main email address.

Discounts

In some cases, you can get educational discounts on products by purchasing them with a school email address. It depends on the merchant, but in many cases the only way to verify these discounts is based on whether they contain a valid .edu email address.

How do you get an .edu email address if you are a student or employee?

Students and staff probably don’t have to do anything at all. When you start teaching or register for your first class, you will most likely receive the address you have been given. For employees, the account is available as long as you are in the facility. In many cases, students have access to their account for life or until it is inactive for a certain period of time after graduation.

How do you get an .edu email address when you graduate?

Many schools will provide .edu addresses to graduates, and in terms of a standard email account, they will work just fine. If you want one of these accounts, the best place to start is by searching your school’s alumni relations site.

If a free .edu email address is one of the perks they offer, he’ll probably say so right away. If you can’t find one, consider calling the Alumni Relations Office. The process can be as simple as submitting a form request to the school’s IT department.

You may need to confirm that you are in school by answering a few basic questions. The usual ones are the year of graduation, student identification number and/or citizen service number. Therefore, you will probably also be asked to provide an alternate email address that will be used for recovery purposes. After you’ve gone through the verification process, most systems will send you an invitation to the school’s email system.

For cloud systems such as Gmail or Microsoft Exchange, this will either contain a link that will allow you to access the system and/or set your initial password, or instructions for setting up an email client to connect to the school servers.

Features of .edu email addresses

In general, .edu addresses work just like any other email address you have. However, there are a few caveats you may want to keep in mind:

  • Email System † Like a work account, you will be linked to your school’s email system. Some may use Gmail, Exchange, or local email servers that require email retrieval using the legacy POP3 or IMAP protocols. The point is, what they use is what you will use.
  • Account benefits † Alumni accounts may not have the same benefits as a current student account. For example, if your school uses your email account to log in to other services, your alumni account may not be able to connect you to the school’s Wi-Fi. It all depends on the institution and the benefits they offer their graduates, but expect some restrictions.
  • Functions † Alumni and .edu accounts may also lack all the features of “regular” accounts. For example, it is important that current students and staff have enough storage space to send/receive assignments, etc., but alumni accounts do not have the same requirements, at least from a school point of view.
  • Account duration † Your alumni account may be permanently inaccessible. Email accounts take up resources that would otherwise be distributed to current students. While most schools are happy to offer them to graduates, they will also be happy to return them if they feel they are not being used. If you sign up for one of these accounts, log back in periodically so it doesn’t look inactive.

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