ONID is a lot more than just email; it gives you access to Blackboard, myOSU, and many other OSU systems. But for students in particular (as well as some faculty and staff), ONID email is their primary email address at OSU.
Most faculty and staff, except some who are employed by COAS, Engineering (COE), or Science (COS), have a Microsoft Exchange email account at OSU as part of a full suite productivity solution. Most OSU staff use their Exchange address, with the @oregonstate.edu domain, as their primarily email address.
There are several differences between an Exchange account and an ONID account.
- If you have an Exchange account, you will probably use it, rather than your ONID account, as your primary account to send and receive email. (You may forward your ONID email to your Exchange account.)
- When accessing Exchange resources, users are asked for a username and a password. These are not the same as for an ONID account.
- Whereas the OSU Computer Helpdesk provides support for your ONID account, your department employs separate staff to support your Exchange account.
Information Services works hard to block spam and other malicious emails from reaching you while ensuring that you get the email you should get. Each day, our network receives an average of 1,000,000 emails, and we block between between 60% and 90% of those messages as spam. To learn more about the various tools we use to protect the community, please read Dealing With Spam at OSU.
Still, there are steps you can and should take to protect yourself, as some spam will sneak past our traps.