Exchange Online

Last updated: May 21, 2024
Audience: All UW

UW Exchange Online, a component of UW Office 365, provides email, calendar, contacts, and task management. For more information on Exchange features, see the Microsoft article Exchange Top Features.

Get started with UW Exchange Online

Your UW Exchange Online email address, user name, and password

The format of your user name and email address is: (where yourUWNetID is replaced with your own personal UW NetID) 

Your password is the one associated with your UW NetID.

Forward your email to UW Exchange Online

Email forwarding advisory: Only email sent directly from a UW email address ( can be reliably delivered to the email forwarding address you select on the manage email forwarding page. For more information, please review our email forwarding information page.

Email will not be delivered to your UW Exchange Online mailbox automatically.  If you’d like to use UW Exchange Online to read your UW email, you’ll need to point your email forwarding to your UW Exchange Online mailbox using these instructions.

  1. Open the page Change UW Email forwarding.
  2. Select the button to the left of Forward to UW Office 365.
  3. Click OK.

Start using UW Exchange Online

Log in using OWA

owa-logo-newOutlook Web App (OWA) allows you to log in to UW Exchange Online using only a Web browser. No other client software is needed. This is the quickest and easiest method for connecting to UW Exchange Online.
Log in using OWA | More information on OWA

Set up an email client for UW Exchange Online

If you prefer to access UW Exchange Online in an email client, please review our list of supported email clients.

Deletion of UW Exchange Online

If you depart the UW, your UW Office 365 account and data will be deleted according to this timeline.

What is the difference between UW Exchange Online and

You can sign up for a UW Exchange Online account, part of the UW Office 365 for Education suite of services, even if you already have a personal account. UW Exchange Online is a separate account that allows you to send and receive email using your and email addresses. A UW Exchange Online account provides the benefits of in an ad-free environment.

Microsoft provides many different email services and they are used in different contexts. The services are referred to by names like Standard, Premier, Education, Team, and Partner Editions. Educational institutions, businesses, and others may use Office 365 services by setting up sites with their domain. The University of Washington uses “” for our UW Office 365 service. You may have multiple accounts for different Office 365 services. The result will be separate accounts with Office 365. You will use your UW NetID password to access UW Office 365 for Education, but any previous accounts will retain the username and password you had already established.