Email for life

Colgate University has partnered with Google to provide G Suite Gmail (email) for life to our alumni.

In order to sign up for Email for Life, you must first set up your account in the alumni and family portal. Once you have updated your username and password in the portal you will be able to sign up for Email for Life.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I set up my account in the portal?

Before you can access the directory and sign up for Email for Life you will need to change your password. You can do so now by following the simple instructions below:

  • Click here to log in.
  • Once you have landed on the Login page, click the Forgotten Password link, and use the same email address at which you receive official Colgate University correspondence. If you do not know which email we have on record, please use our Contact Us form for additional help.
    1. Members of the Class of 2019 should use their @colgate.edu address.
  • You will then receive a password reset email at the address you entered. Click the link in this email, then create and confirm your new password.
  • You will now be able to view the online directory and sign up for Email for Life*.

*Please note that it may take up to a day before new users are able to use their credentials to sign up for Email for Life.

Is Email for Life available to all alumni?

Yes, though the program is frequently reviewed.

Are there restrictions with the naming convention or are they able to request something more custom, e.g. craider@colgate.edu, colgate13@colgate.edu?

We don't do custom email addresses and instead use a first initial last name convention like jdoe@colgate.edu. If that address is already in use a middle initial or another parameter will be added.

Do current graduates already keep their address, and if so what class year did this begin with?

Starting in 2012 student accounts were kept on unless specifically directed otherwise. As students graduate, their email accounts remain active.

What is the process on your side, how long does it take?

The sign-up process for email for life is now instant. You will receive full access to your email for life account immediately after following the instructions on-screen.

Do you notify users when and if they have been set up?

After completing the email for life sign-up process, you will receive an email at the alternative email address you entered and your new email for life address. This email confirms that you've successfully enrolled in the email for life program.

How do I configure email forwarding on my email for life account?

Find more information about forwarding through Google support: https://support.google.com/mail/answer/10957?hl=en

Is this a forwarding service or a fully functional email account?

The email for life service provides an email account through Google's Gmail services. You can receive and send email at your designated email address with your email for life account.

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