Email forwarding is available to all degree-holding alumni and Associate Members. You can set up your email forwarding address through your Alumni Directory profile

Email Forwarding Questions:

General Questions

Troubleshooting Questions

Email Forwarding Q&A:

What is an email forwarding address?

An email forwarding address (e.g., will automatically forward mail to your designated email address. An email forwarding address is an alias, not an email account, and does not have an email inbox.

Who is eligible for an email forwarding address with this technology?  

All degree-holding alumni and Associate Members are eligible to set up an email forwarding address.  

I currently don’t have an email forwarding address, how can I set one up when the service is made available to me?   

You can set up your address through your Alumni Directory profile. When you arrive at your profile page, migrate to the “Email Forwarding” section. Click “Edit” and you will see a new smaller window open. Complete the information in this window, including the email alias you want, and the inbox to which you want your email forwarded, and ensure the checkbox that says “Enable Email Forwarding” is checked. Then hit the “Save” button to activate your new account.

What are other ways to connect with the alumni community? 

The Alumni Directory is a comprehensive and verified network of Harvard alumni across the globe. Built into each alumni profile is an email tool that allows you to message your classmates and fellow alumni directly. This is a great way to keep in touch with classmates, seek out alumni mentors, and connect with alumni who are working in your field.  

Additionally, the Harvard Alumni Association has many resources for the alumni community to stay connected through email communications, social media, virtual and in-person programs and events, and Clubs and Shared Interest Groups


I’m trying to set up email forwarding but my preferred alias name isn’t being accepted, why am I having a problem?  

Your preferred alias name might already be in use by someone else or it might go against community guidelines. If your preferred alias is not being accepted, you may have to add a number, such as your graduation year, or try a second option.  

On my Email Forwarding Page, email forwarding says “disabled;” why does it say this? Can I enable it?  

Yes, for new users, the default state of their email forwarding is “disabled” because a username and destination address have not yet been created. Click “Edit” and you will see a new smaller window open. Complete the information in this window, including the email alias you want, and the inbox to which you want your email forwarded, and ensure the checkbox that says “Enable Email Forwarding” is checked. Then hit the “Save” button to activate your new account.  

The email inbox I want connected to my email forwarding address is not coming up as an option when I set up email forwarding, why not?  

Check to make sure the email account is listed in your Directory profile. If not, it will not show up as an option when you set up email forwarding. To add another email to your profile, go back to your profile page and click the “Edit” button to add any additional email inbox. Once this is done, go back to set up email forwarding again.   

As a side note, if you have recently graduated, we strongly recommend forwarding to an email account other than your Harvard student account as these email addresses will expire.  

I recently graduated and I heard that setting up an alumni email forwarding address will allow me to continue receiving emails at my Harvard student account. How does this work? 

This is not accurate. Alumni email forwarding is in no way connected to your Harvard student account. Creating an alumni forwarding email address will not allow you to continue receiving mail through your student email account after it has expired. For this reason, we also do not recommend setting up email forwarding to send messages to your Harvard student account. For more information about student email accounts, please contact your School’s IT Help Desk.     

I’m having difficulty making emails from my email inbox “send as” my email forwarding address—what do I do?  

By default, your outgoing mail will display as your personal email account (for instance, Most email service providers have an option to send as your forwarding address, in which your forwarding address appears as the sender on your emails. However, emails sent using this “send as” feature run the risk of not being received at the destination because your email address appears to be “spoofing,” which many security systems will reject.  

Because of this risk, the Alumni Help Desk cannot resolve issues related to unsuccessfully sent mail and we discourage the usage of sending emails as your forwarding address.   

My email forwarding address is enabled and the destination address is correct, but my emails aren’t arriving in my inbox. Why not?  

First, note that sending an email to yourself from your destination address won’t work to test it. Send from a work or friend’s account. Next, check your spam and other folders to ensure your personal email’s security filters aren’t marking those forwarded emails as spam or promotional. After that, check your personal inbox settings to see if your forwarding address is added to the list of filtered or blocked addresses. If your destination address is managed by your company, reach out to your email administrator to see if your messages are being quarantined. You can also run an internet search for how to whitelist an email in your email service provider’s settings and follow instructions to whitelist your email forwarding address. If these steps fail, reach out to our Help Desk for assistance.  

I switched my email forwarding to an email forwarding address and now I want to switch it back, why can’t I?  

Once you change your domain name from to, your email is permanently an account. This means emails sent to your address will stop being delivered immediately. Please make sure to update your contacts with your new email.  As of early November 2023, once you switch over to an email address, your email forwarding now sits on Harvard’s new technology. To this end, you should see an improvement in the deliverability of all messages to your address. We introduced the domain in response to alumni feedback requesting to clarify the meaning of the address. Since late 2015, all new email forwarding addresses have been accounts, but we have never required users to switch over unless they want to.