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Your UNC General Alumni Association is pleased to be working with Google Apps for Education to provide a free @alumni.unc.edu email account. This allows Carolina alumni to share an alumni.unc.edu email address with friends and family. This free service is provided as a courtesy for all UNC alumni, current UNC students and associate General Alumni Association members.

View Frequently Asked Questions

Steps to set up an @alumni.unc.edu account

1. Make sure you are registered for the online community.  If you are, login to the community and visit your Profile page.  If you are not already registered, you must register first.

2. On your Profile Page, towards the bottom you should see:gmailscreencapture

alumni.unc.edu Gmail   EDIT

3. Click on EDIT on the right side of the alumni.unc.edu Gmail box

4. You should see a box where you can enter what you want in front of the @alumni.unc.edu part of your email address.

5. Enter that, and then make sure your “preferred email address” is any address at which you can receive email, because once you hit the SAVE button, you will receive an email message at that address, saying how to activate your new @alumni.unc.edu account.  (Do not put your requested XXXX@alumni.unc.edu address in the Preferred Email box)

6. Once you receive the email, follow those instructions to activate your @alumni.unc.edu account.

Frequently Asked Questions

How should I choose my email address?

The system is designed to allow UNC alumni to choose their own “user ID” or “alias” (the part of the email address before the “@” sign). Many Carolina alumni prefer to use their real name and class year so lost friends can easily guess where to send them email. Some suggested formats include:

  • hinton.james@alumni.unc.edu
  • hinton.james1798@alumni.unc.edu
  • hjames@alumni.unc.edu

User names that might be considered purposely misleading (such as webmaster@alumni.unc.edu or Chancellor@alumni.unc.edu) or vulgar, will not be allowed.

Does this account take over for my student account?

No.  This service is completely independent of the University’s email accounts. There is no automatic transfer of accounts.

If you would like to forward your student account to another account, see
How do I forward my emails from HeelMail to another e-mail account on this page.

Does this account take over my other Gmail accounts?

No.  This email account is separate from any other accounts you have through Gmail.

If you would like to set up this new @alumni.unc.edu email account to forward your emails to another account, please follow the instructions from this Gmail help page.

Who is eligible to obtain an @alumni.unc.edu account?

UNC alumni  (to be considered an alumnus, you must have attended UNC-CH as a full time student working towards a degree for at least 1 fall or 1 spring semester).

Current full time students of UNC-CH

Non-alumni who are current members of the UNC General Alumni Association

Is this an Internet service?

No, the email forwarding service does not include access to the Internet.  This is hosted through Google Apps for Education.

Can I set up my new @alumni.unc.edu email account to forward my emails?

Yes. You can easily forward emails sent to your @alumni.unc.edu account to any address you choose once you’ve activated your new account. To set up your new Gmail account to forward your emails, please follow the instructions from this Gmail help page.

I already have a Gmail account, why do I have to have another one?

In order to continue using the @alumni.unc.edu address, the only way to access it is via Google’s Education Apps tool.

This email account is separate from any other accounts you have through Gmail and will not “take over” other Gmail accounts you may have.

If you would like to set up this new Gmail account to forward your emails to another account, please follow the instructions from this Gmail help page.

Questions about the old @alumni.unc.edu email forwarding program that changed July 2015.

If you already had a forwarding address with us that ended with @alumni.unc.edu, an account that matches your old email forwarding address has been reserved for you in the new system. You must take action to continue the service.  If you wish to continue the service, you need to set up a password for that account. (See “How do I activate my account?” above.)

Our previous vendor is no longer offering an email forwarding service. The good news is we are able to continue providing this valuable benefit through another vendor – Google Apps for Education.  With Google Apps, we’ll gain the benefits of a robust and innovative feature set. What’s more, Google Apps is easy to use, and we think you’ll find it to be a more efficient way to manage your email.

An account that matches your old email forwarding address has been reserved for you in the new system.  If you wish to continue the service, you need to take action to set up a password for that account.

Benefits include:

  • Improved mobile support
  • Unlimited email messages and limited Google Drive storage
  • Improved SPAM control
  • Google Docs integration
  • Google Talk/Hangouts integration

I didn’t even know I had a “forwarding email address”.

It is possible that when you registered for the GAA’s former online community at some point in the past, you had the opportunity to activate an email forwarding address and you did.  This is the email address we sent you in the notice  alerting you about the changes to our system. (Something like yourname@alumni.unc.edu)

It is possible that you chose to never use this forwarding address and have never given the address out, in which case, you don’t need to worry about this at all.

What if I don’t do anything?

Your emails will be automatically forwarded to the personal account we established with Google. To access the emails, you must activate this new account. Upon activation, you have access to the emails via your new personal account.

Will there be an interruption in receiving my emails?

If you do not activate your new Gmail account, you will not receive your @alumni.unc.edu email from July 22, 2015 on. If you do activate your Gmail account, you should have no interruptions in receiving your @alumni.unc.edu emails.

If you activate your Gmail account after July 22, 2015, the emails sent to your forwarding address since then will be waiting and available to you in your Gmail inbox once you activate it.

Is my information sold?

No. The UNC General Alumni Association never sells your information or makes it available to outside parties.

I still have questions, whom do I contact?

You may contact our staff listed below during normal business hours.

Point of Contact

Roger Nelsen
Director of Alumni Records and Information Systems
919-962-7055
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Roger has served as director of alumni records and information systems since 1993. Before arriving at the GAA, he worked for 6 years in student affairs at UNC.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska and a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University. A family man, Roger devotes his time to his wife and six children. His hobbies include camping and playing table tennis.

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