E-mail addresses at RIT

Your RIT computer account has at least one e-mail address associated with it. Depending on the options you have set up at start.rit.edu, you may have more e-mail addresses.

If you set up personalized (students/faculty/staff) and/or named-based addresses (faculty/staff only), these additional addresses merely point to your RIT computer account.

Note: Personalized and name-based e-mail addresses do notprovide you with additional accounts, login usernames, or e-mail storage.

You can also make your @rit.edu forward to a different e-mail system, if you choose.

Based on your RIT account username

Your RIT e-mail address is based upon your RIT username. You use your RIT username to login to the RIT user systems.
Usernames are not e-mail addresses; usernames usually looks like "abc1234" (for students) or "abcits" (for faculty/staff). 
Example of an RIT email:
An example of an email address would be abc1234@rit.edu.

Personalized Email

You can set up a personalize RIT email address at start.rit.edu/MailPreference.
Then Look for Personalized email Alias

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Enter your desired personalized email and scroll to the bottom and click Change my Email Settings.

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Example of a Personalized RIT email:

An example of a personalized email address would be aplusstudent@mail.rit.edu
The "@mail.rit.edu" portion of the address is required, so that the personalized e-mail addresses do not come in conflict with regular RIT accounts whose e-mail addresses end in "@rit.edu."

Based on your name

Your faculty or staff account allows another address, based on your real name. The address will be created based on your identity preferences, which are set at start.rit.edu.
So, if your staff account username is "abcits" and you set your identity preferences so that your name displays as a first and last name of "Amy Citizen," your name-based e-mail address will be: amy.citizen@rit.edu
How to set a specific name-based E-mail
1.     ­­Navigate to start.rit.edu/MailPreference.

2.     Look for Name based Email and click on “Name preferences page”

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3.     Then click “Edit my name preferences”

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4.      Select your name preference you want from the drop down. Click proceed when you are done.

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Once you set up a name-based e-mail address for your account, it is suitable for putting on correspondence, stationery, and business cards.

Looking up addresses

The on-line RIT Directory can be used to look up e-mail address for students, faculty, and staff at RIT.
You can set up a mail program to use the RIT Directory, or you can search on the Web. You may also use the RIT Active Directory's Global Address List (GAL) or Global Catalog with a Microsoft Exchange-based e-mail program.

Mail Forwarding

If you have chosen to forward your e-mail to a different e-mail system, then the three addresses described above will all forward to that outside e-mail system. You may turn mail forwarding on and off at start.rit.edu/MailPreference.

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Other e-mail systems at RIT

Some departments at RIT have chosen to operate their own mail systems -- either now or at times in the past. If you are using one of these systems, you should be aware that they are not necessarily linked to your RIT computer account (or its associated e-mail addresses).

However, you can provide a link by making sure that your @rit.edu mail is forwarded to the mail system you actually use. That way way, any mail sent to your @rit.edu address gets to where you actually read your mail.

So, we strongly recommend that you update your identity and e-mail preferences at start.rit.edu. You can set mail forwarding to send your @rit.edu mail to the other mail system.

Why? This will let others who are using the campus-wide mail system find you to send you mail, if needed, through the on-line RIT Directory. It will also allow some official RIT mail to reach you properly at your @rit.edu address, even if you aren't reading mail from the main RIT system. This will help provide more seamless communication with the rest of the Institute.

Again, even in these circumstances, we recommend that the address you publish in the RIT Directory be your basic e-mail address (like "abcits@rit.edu"). This does not affect the behind-the-scenes forwarding of your mail to the other system, or delivery of mail from those people who choose to send messages directly to your e-mail address on the other system.