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Email @ Rice

All Rice faculty, students, and staff receive a Rice email account when they arrive on campus. Your NetID will always function as an email address ( You may also create additional email aliases to make it easier for people to remember your address.

 You have several options for email access at Rice including:

  • Using a desktop Email client such as OutlookApple MailThunderbird, etc.

  • Using web email OR undergraduate students can see their messages in Google Apps using Rice NetID and Rice Google password.

  • Using a server-based client for UNIX systems

Check the list of email setup sub-topics for specific information on how to configure your email program to access your Rice account.

Web-based Email

  • - Faculty, staff and graduate students handle sensitive and confidential university data and manage their Rice email internally on or through applications installed on their computer or mobile device.See also: upgraded features for
  • Google Apps for Education | Undergraduate Students - Undergraduate students manage their Rice email messages in an external system, Rice Gmail.  Login to using your Rice and your Rice Google Password (should be different than your NetID password).

Secure your Email

Complete the Information Security learning and assessment module for Email Security to learn more about these and other tips.

  • Criminals want access to your Rice email.  Thwart their attacks by choosing strong passwords and changing your password twice a year (when you change your clocks).
  • Don't fall for phishing messages (phony + fishing = phishing).  These are clever attempts to trick you into revealing your password by replying to the message or logging into a phony site designed to look like a real Rice web page.
  • Don't send confidential or sensitive information by email - either in the content of the message or as an attachment.  If you must send this type of information by email, use encryption or share the attachment using
  • Every device you use to read your email stores a copy on the device itself.  Secure all devices from desktop computers to cell phones, pads and laptops with a strong password and encrypt mobile devices where possible.