All USAO students are assigned a free USAO email address to use for the duration of their enrollment at USAO. Once you graduate, you can request an alumni email address which is also free. 

To Check Your Email, please go to, OR go to USAO's home page and click on the Webmail link near the bottom of the webpage in the middle. Once there, you can log in to your account with your username and password.  Please note:  when using Webmail, only use the part of the username before  For instance, John Smith would login as stujohnsmith with password of JS1001.

Changing your Email Account Password
If you would like to change your email account password, you can do so at any time by going to:

And lastly, please check out the USAO Information Services webpage (/infoservices) which has:

  • downloadable application for internet access in a Sparks dorm room or Lawson apartment
  • contact information for Information Services' staff
  • And lots of other goodies!  

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  • virus removal information
  • campus voicemail instructions
  • convenient link to change your USAO email account password

E-Mail Forwarding to Non-University Email Accounts:
You can use the mail forwarding feature built into the USAO webmail account to forward your email to another email address. If you plan to forward your USAO e-mail to a non-University account, please be aware that many commercial e-mail providers do not handle forwarded mail very well. The only way to guarantee that important University-related messages, including grade reports, course schedules and emergency notifications, actually reach you is to leave your USAO account un-forwarded and regularly check your mail using Webmail, or a compatible email client (i.e. Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird).

The format that USAO uses for naming the student email addresses is very simple. Basically, it’s the letters “stu” followed by the first name and last name, which in turn is followed by “”. So, for example, if the student's name is John Smith, then the email address would be The password that is also automatically assigned is the first initial (uppercase) of the first name followed by the first initial of the last name (also uppercase), followed by the last four digits of the student's social security number. So for example, if the last four digits of John Smith’s social security number are 1001, then his password would be “JS1001”.