Going to college requires students to change their outlook on things. Although students fresh out of high school are still eager to have fun, experience new things, and take life lightly, there are certain levels of professionalism that are expected. The days of having an email should be over. Having a professional email that can be placed on resumes or job applications is important and should always include your name. In addition, colleges are now requiring students to use certain types of email for correspondence. The day of paper notifications is soon to be over and those of electronic notifications are here.

The different types of emails students have can vary from the following:

  1.  AOL– This email tends to be associated with the older generations. Many adult re-entry students will have an AOL account because they have always had it and it’s hard to give up something that has been used for so long. Students shouldn’t give up their external email; simply use the college email for school related emails. This is a little outdated but made our list because it is still used by millions of people in North America.
  2.  Hotmail– Hotmail has a global connection. For example, in Mexico and South America, Hotmail correo is a popular email service that students tend to use regardless of language or setting. Again, this is good for everyday emailing, but when sending emails to instructor’s students should use their campus email because it identifies them as a student or staff.
  3.  Gmail– Google has become so engrained into our society that it is becoming socially acceptable to have a Gmail account for professional use while in college. You should keep a Gmail account to use while in college for non college related emails. This will be less of a transition when you graduate and you have to rely solely on an external email service. The key is to get an email address that contains your name and not some Disney character.
  4.  College Email- The campus email is the best option to use regardless of age or location while in college. A college email identifies the person sending the email as a student and usually contains a first name or initial and last name. When finding employment, emailing an instructor, or contacting the financial aid office for a college scholarship, a campus email is the best route to go. This type of email usually ends with an .edu.

When entering college, students will have a decision to make. “What email shall I use?” The answer and the safest bet will always be the college email. The downfall to this is that after you graduate, you will need to select an email to continue using because your college email will soon be deactivated. After graduation students should use their preferred email, whether it be Gmail or Hotmail.

Students should check their campus email regularly because colleges like Skyline College are moving towards sending all school related emails to their campus email regardless of student preference. A student can always have those emails forwarded to their personal or external accounts if desired

Peter Worthington
About the Author

Peter Worthington is a substantial contributor to Money Health Finance. He has been writing about personal finance for several years and has written extensively on credit card and student debt, investing, and tax planning.
Peter enjoys teaching people the benefits of being financially aware and planning. Peter can be found answering questions in financial forums or in Manchester, UK where he is based.