OSU provides an ONID email address for all students, faculty, staff, and others associated with the university. Additionally, most faculty and staff also have an Exchange account which may provide their primary email address (which uses the @oregonstate.edu domain).
ONID is a lot more than just email; it gives you access to Canvas, 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.
You may access your ONID email in one of three ways:
Support for ONID email is provided by the Service Desk.
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.