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Student Email Transition FAQ


Student Email Transition FAQ

You may have a variety of questions about the Gmail to Outlook transition that will be taking place in the near future. Please reference this article with any questions you may have:

What’s happening?

Beginning July 5, 2022, the College will be transitioning away from using Google accounts for email, file sharing, and calendaring for students.

All students’ College-provided email accounts will change from Google Gmail to Microsoft Outlook.

Why is this happening? 

To remain true to our goals of Championing Student Success, we regularly review technology usage and efficiency at the College. In addition, this transition will help streamline communication for everyone at the College.  

What apps can I use?

Google Apps Office 365 Equivalent
Gmail Outlook
Google Calendar Outlook, Bookings
Google Chat Teams (Chat)
Google Docs & Keep OneNote & Word
Google Drive OneDrive
Google Duo Teams (Virtual Meetings & Video Chat)
Google Forms Forms
Google Hangouts Teams (Virtual Meetings & Video Chat)
Google Keep To Do
Google Sheets Excel
Google Slides PowerPoint, Sway
Google Tasks Planner/To Do

What are the benefits of the transition?

Stronger cyber security. With all College email hosted in Office 365, the IT department will have a better ability to track and block malicious activity including phishing emails from reaching student inboxes increasing identity protection.


One centralized platform for collaboration. Integrating student mailboxes within Office 365 allows for more efficient interaction for students when using the other Office 365 productivity applications, such as OneDrive document sharing and Microsoft Teams.


Introduce the Office 365 platform to students before entering the workforce. Most US companies are using the Office 365 suite including Outlook for email.

How will this affect me?

Starting July 5, 2022, all emails being sent to your student Gmail account will be redirected to your new student Outlook account automatically. 

Are there any changes to Google Drive with this transition?

Students’ current Google Workspace (G Suite) content will NOT be moved to Outlook or Office 365. This includes emails, forms, slides, etc. Students will need to move their own Google content manually. More information will be provided to guide students through this process in the upcoming weeks.

How do I get support during this transition? 

If you have additional questions on how you may be affected during this transition, please contact the helpdesk at or give us a call at 215-641-6495.

Additional Resources

Office 365: Overview of Microsoft Office 365 Suite

Microsoft Outlook (Office 365): Overview and Usage

Installing Microsoft Office for Home Use on Personal Devices

Set up Outlook for iOS - iPhone/iPad

Set up Outlook for Android

Adding Events on your Calendar (Vacation, Sick, Appointments, etc.) - Outlook Online

How to change your user photo - Outlook Online

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