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Student Email

As a means of enhancing communication, students receive an UH email alias to be used for all official electronic correspondence. The email alias is a pointer that directs email messages to a destination email account. Per the UH student email policy, the University uses the UH email alias to send important information such as emergency closings or any official information.  Students must ensure that the UH email alias points to a working email address at all times. Students may update their email address information by logging on to AccessUH and going to myUH. 

U H e-mail alias pointing to forwarding email address

Email for Life

Graduates of the University of Houston are able to keep their email alias forever and can maintain their email destination via myUH. 

"Email for Life" provides a University of Houston email address for all graduating students. It never expires and never goes away.  When a student enrolls at UH they are provided with an Email alias. The alias is an address that doesn't have a mailbox but  forwards all messages to the students own personal email account. This has some great advantages for students in that they do not have to check multiple email accounts but still have the benefit of an address with their University. While still a student, the University will send all official correspondence to the UH.EDU address.

How to Check and Update Destinations for UH Email Aliases:

Naming Convention for Email Aliases

UH-style email addresses are created automatically according to the name obtained from UH's official employee or student records. The standard naming convention is:

first-initial +
first-initial + middle-initial +

If an alias is already in use, it will be necessary to add a number to the end of the last name to make it unique. Examples of this naming convention are,, and

Name Changes

Sometimes names change. Email addresses can be updated, if necessary, to reflect name changes. To request an alias change, the email address owner can contact the IT Support Center at 713-743-1411 or Address ownership will be verified using your Cougar Card. Names must be changed in the official University records before the email addresses can be updated.

Faculty Needing to Send a Message to Students

Faculty have a few options available to send messages to their students:

  1. Using myUH Class Rosters in the Faculty Center (links to a PDF)
  2. Using Blackboard Learn

The Office of Faculty Design and Instructional Support (FDIS) has collected more information about communicating with students at the Instructional Continuity Checklist website.