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
  4. (Optional) Set up mail filtering and forwarding, and vacation notification

If you are in the College of Medicine, you may wish to take the steps shown in the UVM Tech Team's article, Forward from UVM email to College of Medicine email for either your standard UVM email address or your departmental address(es). By doing so, you will be able to receive official University communications addressed to your UVM address(es).

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: Outlook on the Web (OWA)

UVM's Outlook on the Web ("OWA"), 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. OWA is a secure and simple way to manage your mail, calendar, and contacts, although you may not find it to be as feature-rich as the full Outlook client for Windows and Mac OS X.

Dedicated Email Client:

People who handle large volumes of Email, who require features not available in OWA, or who simply want a higher-performance Email solution, will want to use a dedicated Email client. We recommend the following three Exchange-ready email clients:

Other Clients

Set up Mail Filtering, Spam Handling, and Out-of-Office Notifications

Default email address, junk (spam) management, and calendar publication (on the web or with people not using UVM Exchange) can be managed from the UVM NetID and Account Management page. Mail rules (filtering), more advanced junk email handling, and automatic replies (Out-of-Office or "vacation" message options) are managed within OWA or Outlook. See our Exchange Training Resources for more info.