Email Configuration

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We advise connecting to Middlebury's Office 365 and Exchange Online email system as directly as possible using the recommended clients. These methods offer superior functionality, organization, and security, keeping your Middlebury email separate from other personal accounts you may have.  This article explains how to connect your email account on a variety of devices.


Recommended Email Apps

When using your own device or a computer assigned for your regular use:

  • Windows computer - Microsoft Outlook with Exchange account
  • Macintosh computer - Microsoft Outlook with Exchange account (Mac Mail does not include some Office features.)
  • Phone/Tablet - Microsoft Outlook app with Exchange account in tandem with Microsoft's Authenticator app to support multi-factor authentication.

When on the road -or- in a lab (not using your device):

Some prefer Webmail for use on their College-issued computers as well.


Middlebury-Specific Setup Info

Here is Middlebury-specific information you'll need when following all of the general vendor setup instructions linked below:

  • For your e-mail address, use the full e-mail address for your account, e.g.
  • For the Server, use (or select Microsoft Exchange as the account type).
  • Leave the Domain field blank.
  • For the Username field, use your full email address.

Set Up Middlebury Email on a Computer


Outlook for Windows

  • On Windows computers owned by the College, Outlook should automatically set up your account when you launch it, providing you logged on to the computer using your Middlebury credentials.
  • Personally-owned Windows computers require you to add an account as follows:
Outlook 365

Outlook for Macs

  • On Apple computers owned by the College, Outlook will prompt you to supply your full email address and password when launched the first time to complete the account setup.
  • Personally-owned Mac computers require you to add an account as follows:
Outlook 365 

Use Webmail to Access a Shared Account (PC & Mac)


Set Up Middlebury Email on iPhone or iPad


Outlook for iOS

ITS recommends the use of the Outlook for iOS app in tandem with Microsoft's Authenticator app:


iOS Mail

The iOS Mail app may also be used.

Warning: Unless you are careful to select the option to keep existing information, syncing with an exchange server will DELETE any existing contacts and calendar entries in your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch.

Sync Options

By default, with your iDevice configured to synchronize Mail, it will only retrieve e-mail messages up to three days old. To synchronize e-mail messages that are more than three days old, do the following:

  1. Press the Home button.
  2. Press Settings > Accounts & Passwords.
  3. Under Accounts, select your Exchange account.
  4. Press Mail days to Sync.
  5. Select how far back you would like to synchronize email messages.
    • No Limit retrieves all email in your Exchange mailbox. Depending on the volume of e-mail, your iDevice may not have adequate storage.


Set Up Middlebury Email on Android and Other Devices

ITS recommends the use of the Outlook for Android app in tandem with Microsoft's Authenticator app.

For other devices, search for instructions explaining how to set up an Exchange (ActiveSync) account on your particular operating system. Supply Middlebury-specific info when requested.

Access Other Email Accounts From On-Campus

There is only one server that is permitted to send mail from inside the Middlebury network -- that server is . Any other outgoing servers will not work from on campus! This means that people who come to Middlebury with external accounts already configured in their desktop e-mail clients will be able to receive mail, but not send mail, while they're here. These accounts should be configured to send mail from the Middlebury SMTP server for the time they are on campus, then afterwards they will need to be set back to the way they were. Using an outside incoming mail server and middlebury's smtp server on the same account can be a difficult and time consuming, if not impossible task, depending on the client. Web access is highly recommended for non-Middlebury email accounts.

  • There may be some exceptions to the above statement. You may be able to access external SMTP servers, but only if you meet a couple of criteria:
  1. You must authenticate to the external SMTP server.
  2. You must use SSL or TLS to connect to the external SMTP server.
  3. The external SMTP server must use a port other than 25 as all connections to SMTP servers other than on port 25 will be blocked.
  • If you wish to use with an outside incoming mail server, note that you will have to use the outside account's username and password to authenticate to the incoming mail server and your middlebury webmail username and password to authenticate to On Outlook this is not straightforward, and on other clients it may be impossible. In addition, any email you send will appear to have been sent from your middlebury address rather than your outside address. Depending on the recipient's email client, any replies they send may or may not be sent to the outside address. Instead, replies may be sent to the middlebury address, which could cause confusion. Again, it is recommended to use web access for external accounts while you are on campus.


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