Student Email

UMSL has chosen Microsoft's Office 365 service to provide students with email accounts. All official University communications will be sent to your campus email address.

Getting Started

In order to begin using your email, you must activate your Office 365 account:

  1. If you have not already activated your UMSL SSO ID, visit MyView.
  2. Use your SSO ID to set your Office 365 password. (Office 365 passwords are separate from your SSO ID.)
  3. Log into using your Office 365 login ( and password.

Once you log in and complete the verification process, you will be taken to the Office 365 Account Home Page. From this page you can set a new password and/or provide an alternate e-mail address to assist with recovering your password.

Faculty/Staff Email

The University of Missouri campuses have chosen Microsoft Exchange to provide faculty/staff email. As part of UM Shared Services Initiative, this solution has been collaboratively designed and built with high-availability in mind, with the primary systems on the Columbia campus and a separate failover site.

The University of Missouri is preparing to upgrade the campus email solution to Exchange 2016.

Exchange mailbox features include:

 General Configuration Details

On-campus Windows clients: for when auto-configuration does not work

Outlook 2007

Outlook 2010 and later

Outlook on campus desktops will typically auto-configure the correct settings when Outlook is restarted after mailbox migration

Off-campus Windows clients

Outlook 2007 and later with Outlook Anywhere

OutlookAnywhere, particularly for laptops taken on and off-campus, allows a connection from off-campus without VPN

Mac Clients

Mac Mail

Outlook 2011

Mac clients are configured identically, whether on or off-campus.
Outlook Web App(formerly Outlook Web Access OWA can be accessed at

Smartphones and other mobile devices with Exchange Server/ActiveSync support

Specific instructions are not available for:

  • Blackberry
  • Windows Phone 7
Devices with native support for Exchange Server or ActiveSync should be configured to use (Some devices may require you to delete the existing profile and add a new one, rather than changing the existing one)
IMAP Clients

Note: Due to limitations and risks with the POP3 protocol, the University is in the process of removing POP3 access to faculty/staff email. This will affect any email client using POP3, including desktop and mobile applications, as well as third party services such as Gmail, Yahoo, and Hotmail, if configured to retrieve UMSL email.

The removal of POP3 access is a system-wide change, as POP3 does not provide reliable synchronization between your mailbox and multiple email clients. It does not support retrieving mail from other folders, and it introduces a risk of removing your messages from the server if the email client is not properly configured.

If using Microsoft Outlook 2007 or above from off campus, it is possible to send and receive UMSL email without connecting through VPN. Please refer to the "Off-campus Windows clients" instructions.

If using a moblie device(smartphone, tablet, etc), please check to see if your device provides support for Microsoft Exchange. Most mobile clients provide compatible protocols for sending and receiving email, such as ActiveSync or Exchange Web Services.

IMAP clients are now required to use SSL encryption.

IMAP Server Name:    Port: 993 (SSL required)

Access to SMTP(for sending email) is restricted to campus IP addresses, which includes VPN clients. If you cannot use the campus's SMTP server, you may be unable to send email using your SSO address.

SMTP Server Name:   Port (preferred): 587 (authentication required, TLS required)    Alternate port: 25 (authentication required, TLS required)