Email Lists (Mailman)

Service Description

Email lists make it easy to share email with a group of people. Messages sent to the list address are forwarded to the email address of each person subscribed to the list.


UW faculty, UW staff, UW students

How to Order

General information about Mailman

Information about starting an email list

Information about subscribing to an email list

Request new lists and delete old ones:


Hours available: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, once your email list is established.

Email lists may take up to 2 business days to be created; Instructor Class Lists take an additional day to have the students automatically subscribed.


This service is included in the Technology Recharge Fee.

Service Level Description

Setting up a Mailman list gives you an email address of the form <listname> A special computer server processes mail sent to this address, screening it according to rules established for the list. It then distributes a copy of the message to every list member. List owners can manage their lists, adding and deleting list members and making changes to how the list operates via an administrative Web page set up for their list.

Additional Information

Electronic mailing lists (email lists, also known as discussion groups) offer a highly efficient way to both disseminate information to a large number of people and hold long-distance discussions among many people. They are commonly used by UW students, faculty, and staff to communicate.

Email lists may be established for UW students, faculty, or staff who need a list to further their work at the University of Washington. Staff ownership and use of email lists is subject to the approval of their departments and supervisors.

All email lists must have at least one owner who is a current UW student, faculty, or staff. Additional owners do not have to be affiliated with the UW. All email list owners (including owners not affiliated with the UW) must have a valid UW NetID.

Support Information

Learn about Mailman: Mailman FAQs

Support is provided by the UW Information Technology Service Center.

Business Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 206-221-5000
Online: Send us a question
In-person: Walk-in locations


Last Review Date: 04/26/2015