Computer Accounts and Resources

Your official UCSD email address on

  • All students have an email address of the form username [at]  Email is not actually hosted on, but instead, this address is set to forward to an actual email account.
  • Most emails from UCSD administrative offices and emails sent via Tritonlink to all students in a class are sent to your address. You are responsible for checking email sent to this address on a timely basis.
  • Initially it forwards to the UCSD email account that was created for you (username [at] for recent incoming students, or others such as username [at] or username [at] for students from previous years).
  • If you prefer to forward email to a different email account (whether on-campus or external accounts at Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, or elsewhere), please go to the ACMS website, pick the Students menu, select Email Resources, and reconfigure it.

Google hosted accounts

  • Incoming Bioinformatics Graduate students are now issued accounts.
  • These are rebranded Google accounts.
  • These work similarly to accounts with access to Gmail and Google Apps, but they have a different domain name (, different Terms and Conditions, and access to UCSD content.
  • In the lists of calendars, templates, groups, etc., look for links such as "Resources for".
  • Some documentation on the accounts is available here and in the Google Apps section here.

Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS) accounts: network, classes,,, and others

  • Email on and Before accounts rolled out, students from earlier years were issued email accounts through ACMS as username [at], username [at], or other machines. Many graduate programs still use the accounts. If you have one of these accounts, you may change your password by going to the ACMS website, picking the Students menu, selecting Account & Passwords and then Password change.
  • Other ACMS services: ACMS provides email, website hosting, computer lab access for classes, certain campus licensed software, Ted (for course websites and grade books), and more. To see what ACMS resources you currently have access to, go to the ACMS website and select Account Lookup in the left-hand menu.
  • Network services: To set up your computer for on-campus wireless or off-campus VPN (e.g., to access journals and other content for which UCSD has a subscription), go to the ACMS website, pick the Students menu, and then Network Services. Also see additional information at ACT (Administrative Computing and Telecommunications).
  • Labs: You may be issued additional computer accounts for the lab or department in which you do your rotations and thesis research. In most cases, those will not be coordinated with your ACMS accounts.

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