During the Spring 2023 semester, the College of Charleston’s Division of Information Technology will transition student email from Gmail to Microsoft Exchange. The main email migrations will take place on April 4 and April 6, with half of the student population being migrated on each of these days.

This change will affect only email and calendar. Student email addresses will stay the same for now and they will keep their Google Apps for Education access, which includes 10GB of space on Google Drive. Students will receive emails one week and one day in advance of their scheduled migration explaining the process along with tutorials and links to live training opportunities. Please visit the student email migration website for pertinent information and additional resources.

This change will provide a variety of benefits to students, including: 

Stronger cyber security: Microsoft offers a better ability to track and block malicious activity and better protect your privacy and personal information. 
Centralized collaboration: Integrating our students into Microsoft Exchange gives access to easy scheduling with faculty and others at CofC who already use Microsoft Exchange. Students can now access faculty or staff members free/busy time on their schedule and request an appointment. 
Proper mail delivery: Exchange prevents important emails, especially those between our faculty and students, from going to spam or junk. This was not the case with Gmail. 
Better productivity features:  In addition to a built-in calendar, Microsoft Exchange gives users access to an integrated task tool to help keep track of academic and personal to-do items.  
Advanced accessibility: Microsoft Exchange takes every measure to be accessible for users with disabilities. Voice navigation, assistive device support, and more make Exchange a top choice for users.  
Improved search feature: Easily search email, calendar, tasks and content from one area.