Forward Amherst email to another email address

How to forward your Amherst email to another email address.

  1. Log in to the Amherst email forwarding utility (
  2. Enter your non-Amherst email address into the Forward to: field (e.g., your Gmail address, Yahoo address, Hotmail address, other).
  3. If you wish, select the option to keep a copy of all your email in your Amherst mailbox.
    • Keep a copy of your email if you want your Amherst email, contacts and calendar (if applicable) backed up. Without a copy of your mailbox on the Amherst system, your email cannot be restored from back-up if there is a problem.
    • If you select this option, you must log into your Amherst email from time to time to delete unwanted messages to keep your mailbox from getting too large. Students have a mailbox quota of 1 GB. Faculty and staff do not have mailbox quotas, however extremely large volume mailboxes may experience problems and have performance degrade.
  4. Click Apply.

NOTE: that forwarding changes are applied overnight. Plan for a delay between when you make a forwarding change and when it takes effect.

Additional Information: 

Faculty and staff should be thoughtful about forwarding their email to a system outside of Amherst such as Gmail or Yahoo. Things to consider:

  • If you do not keep a copy of your mailbox on Amherst servers you will be responsible for your own email back up.
  • If you do not keep a copy of your mailbox on the Amherst servers it cannot be restored from the Amherst back-up if there is a problem.
  • If you do keep a copy of your mailbox on Amherst servers you must log in to your Amherst email regularly to delete unwanted email and avoid going over quota (students) or having your mailbox become too large to function optimally (faculty and staff).
  • Commercial email providers have outages sometimes. When there is an Amherst email outage, IT will provide information about the issue promptly and in many cases have some estimate of the length of the outage. Commercial providers may or may not communicate similar information about their outages.
  • If you are using a "free" email service such as Gmail or Yahoo, any email stored on that system will be subject to data mining per the email provider's policies.
  • You may receive a higher volume of spam or phishing emails, that is unwanted advertising and/or harmful fraud emails.
  • You should never send passwords, Personally Identifiable Information (PII), FERPA protected information, HIPPA protected information or any sensitive information over unsecured email nor store such information in your email (in the form of attachments, drafts, messages to yourself).  You must be doubly carefuly about this when using a commercial email provider.
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