Using Email @ URCS


Information about using your email account at URCS

There are a variety of ways to access your email account at URCS.

All University communications and notifications that were going to to University Zimbra Email addresses for graduate students will not go to Office 365.  Important notices will not by default come to your CS email account.  The University has mandated this.

!!Please see the Office 365 Email Page for details!!

If you do not forward your Office 365 messages you will need to
check your Office 365 email regularly (daily) to avoid missing important
notifications from the University.  Examples of time sensitive University
notifications are messages regarding Health Insurance, Course
Evaluations, etc...
Graduate Students:
Graduate students may be able to change their default University email
address by going to:

Most likely you have a first.lastname email address already setup for
you as your default University email address.  

Undergraduates will receive University notifications to their
University provided Gmail accounts.  To receive those messages to your
CS email account use the forwarding feature of your Gmail account.  Or
check both accounts regularly (daily).


Webmail is a no frills way to access your URCS email from anywhere. It does not have advanced features like built-in Spam controls as Thunderbird does. It is very useful for remote access to your email though when you only have access to a web browser. Simply navigate to in your web browser. Login with your linux usename and password.

IMAP Mail Clients

Rich featured IMAP clients like Thunderbird have excellent spam controls built in. If you receive a spam message select the message and hit the Junk button. Thunderbird will learn to recognize what you consider to be spam and drop those messages in a Junk folder to keep your inbox more readable.
<Click here to learn how to configure an IMAP email client>

Commandline Mail Programs

Old school unix email reading.  We encourage users to make use of the more contemporary methods mentioned above as their primary email access method.


Alpine is a commandline (non-graphical) mail program. Type alpine on the command line to start it up. The program will create folders for you in your home directory at ~/mail/.

        L  (view the folder list)
        INBOX  (to view messages on the mail spool)	  
	C (compose a new message)
        crtl-X (send the message)
There are command hints on the bottom of the screen.


Mutt is another commandline (non-graphical) mail program. Type mutt at the command line to start it up.

Berkeley Mail

Minimal antiquated mail functionality.   Type mail on the commandline.