Graduating this fall?
Soon, those with intent-to-graduate filed for the fall will get a new lifetime Alumni email account (firstname.lastname@example.org). https://alumni.colostate.edu/lifetime-email/ has more about this process. Remember:Student Email (@Rams or O365) accounts are removed about a year after you graduate!
An Explanation of University Email Accounts
Google Apps (@Rams) and Office 365
Each person at CSU has one Official University Email Account, either in Exchange/Office 365 or Google Apps. Your Official University Email is the address used by academic advisors, financial aid, human resources and more to communicate with you.
When you first come to CSU, you start with one account. Since August 2018, everyone gets an Exchange/Office 365 account (which resembles email@example.com) when they create their eID. Before that, students started with Google Apps (which look like firstname.lastname@example.org).
Office 365 email is accessed at portal.office.com. Google Apps/@Rams accounts are accessed from this web site (and you can't log in at gmail.com).
But it's okay to have an email in both systems
If you have Google Apps already
You can keep it and it isn't going away.
You can also add a Office365 account if you want. Head over to eid.colostate.edu and choose "Email Settings" under "Modify your eID." Note! Doing this will change your Official University Email to be your new Office 365 mailbox (email@example.com). This means your important CSU email will go to that account! But, it will not erase your Google Apps account.
If you have Office 365 but want to add Google Apps
Anyone can still create and use a new Google Apps account if they want to add it to their mix of services. Adding Google Apps will not change your Official University Email address, so keep checking your Office 365 email! Just log in at the link above and if you don't have an account, you can add one!
How do I know which email is my Official University Email account?
Visit eid.colostate.edu and choose "Show My Information" under "Modify your eID."
When you leave CSU
No matter if you have Office365 or Google Apps or both, your student email(s) will stay active for about 12 months after you leave the university. But then it will be permanently expired.
Students who are set to graduate are given a lifetime Alumni email account (@alumni.colostate.edu) in the weeks/months before they graduate. There is also a procedure to move your Google Apps email to this new Alumni email.
Other Information about Google Apps
Security and Privacy
CSU has its own Google domain
rams.colostate.edu is a Google "G Suite" service, with all the cloud computing, productivity and collaboration tools, software and products developed by Google, like Gmail, calendaring, documents, cloud storage ("Drive"), chat, and even personal web sites. This powerful suite of applications–featuring unlimited storage–is hosted by Google in an ad-free environment for students, faculty and staff.