Information covering all email usage at 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 (NetID@rice.edu). 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 Outlook, Apple Mail, Thunderbird, etc.
- Using web email OR undergraduate and graduate students can see their rice.edu messages in Google Apps using Rice NetID and Rice Google password.
Check the list of email setup sub-topics for specific information on how to configure your email program to access your Rice account.
- Webmail - Faculty and staff handle sensitive and confidential university data and can manage their Rice email internally on webmail.rice.edu or through email applications installed on their computer or mobile device.
- G Suite for Education ( formerly ~ Google Apps for Education) Undergraduate and Graduate students manage their Rice email messages in an external system on Google, Rice Mail through Google. Login to gmail.com using your Rice NetID@rice.edu and your Rice Google Password (should be different than your NetID password).
NOTE: All users with email on Google, should use Google's Web-based email at
Rice Mail through Google.
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 Box at Rice University.
- Every device you use to read your email stores a copy on the device itself. Secure all devices - desktop computers, cell phones, tablets, and laptops with a strong password and encrypt mobile devices where possible.