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Configuring IMAP and POP E-mail Clients for Accessing Faculty/Staff E-mail (Article #656)

Created on January 25, 2008
Last Modified on January 25, 2008
Technical Level:  Intermediate
Audience:  Faculty/Staff


While faculty/staff can always read and send e-mail using Outlook on-campus, or Outlook Web Access or Virtual Workspace from off-campus, faculty/staff can also use any IMAP or POP e-mail client to access their mailboxes.  Faculty/staff using IMAP/POP for e-mail will not have access to calendaring, task management, and other collaborative capabilities while using the IMAP/POP client.

Before using an e-mail application, it is important to understand the differences between IMAP and POP:

Because there are many different e-mail applications and most applications have step-by-step configuration wizards, OTS is providing the important configuration settings every e-mail application will require:

Incoming e-mail server settings (POP or IMAP):

  • Server:
  • Use SSL (secure connection) on port 993 (for IMAP) or port 995 (for POP)
  • Username:  TowsonU username  (do not include
  • Password:  TowsonU password

Outgoing e-mail server settings:

  • Server:
  • Use TLS (secure connection) on port 587 for outgoing server (also known as SMTP).  Some clients (such as Windows Mail and Outlook Express) may not have an option for using TLS, but instead only have an option for SSL -- in these cases, choose SSL.  When presented with both options, be sure to choose TLS.
  • The outgoing server requires authentication.  Username and password should be the same as for the incoming e-mail server configuration.

Categories:  E-mail

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