Amherst students, faculty, and staff automatically receive an Amherst email mailbox when they join the College. Casual employees receive a mailbox at the request of their supervisor. Student organizations can request an email account or a listserv mailing list by using the Campus Center's student organization registration form.
The College email servers run Microsoft Exchange, which provides Email, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, and other functions. Your messages and other data remain on the server until you explicitly delete them.
For best operation and access to College calendars, we recommend you use Microsoft Outlook for Windows or Macintosh.
For those who want email only and do not need to use College calendars, we also fully support IMAP email applications such as Mozilla Thunderbird.
For quick email checks—especially when travelling—use the online version of Amherst email, Web Mail, the Outlook Web App (OWA).
Features and Benefits
Because your Amherst email is stored on our server, you see the same messages, contacts, and calendar appointments regardless of whether you access your email from your office, home, or another location.
Students have a 1 GB email quota; faculty and staff have unlimited email storage.
To access your email via the web interface Outlook Web App (OWA), you need an Internet connection and a web browser such as Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer (IE), Chrome, or Opera.
Supported computer email clients are Outlook 2007, 2010, and 2013 for Windows, and Outloook 2011 for the Mac; Mail for Mac; and Thunderbird for both Windows and Mac.
On a mobile device, to access your Amherst email add an account and if possible/available select Exchange or Microsoft Exchange as the account type to add (other variations of the account type description might include ActiveSync, CorporateSync, or MAPI).
If your device does not offer Exchange or one of the variations listed above as an account type, opt to configure the email manually or set up as an IMAP account type.
Access Amherst Email Online using Web Mail
The website address for Amherst email online - Web Mail - is mail.amherst.edu.
Access Amherst Web Mail from the Amherst website by clicking the Tools menu (wrench icon) in the top-right corner of any page of the website, then selecting Web Mail.
Set Up Amherst Email by type of Mobile Device
Set Up Amherst Email by Email Client
- Outlook 2010 for Windows
- Outlook 2013 for Windows
- Outlook 2011 for Mac
- Mozilla Thunderbird
- Other Clients using IMAP or Manual Settings
- Access the Amherst email forwarding utility (https://mailapps.amherst.edu/exman/Forward.asp).
Use the forwarding utility if you want to forward your Amherst email to a non-Amherst email address such as Gmail, Yahoo or other. Note that forwarding changes do not take place immediately. Requests are processed overnight, so plan for a delay before changes in forwarding take effect.
- Access the Amherst auto-reply utility (https://mailapps.amherst.edu/exman/Vacation.asp).
Use the auto-reply utility for away messages, vacation messages, out-of-office messages, or when leaving Amherst to notify people that your email address has changed.