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Student email overview

Student email at The University of Montana is UMConnect, a suite of Microsoft-hosted Office 365 services. Students activate their UMConnect accounts at using their NetID and password. Detailed information about UMConnect is available at the UMConnect web page.

Umontana aliases are in the following form:  Students should give this alias to University email contacts for University-related business.

How to locate the NetID and email address

Students may view their NetID by going to  and clicking on "What's my NetID?". Please note that if a student has selected confidentiality in CyberBear, their NetID will not display using this process.

How to change the NetID password

Online NetID password management for password changes/resets is available to students at In order for students to reset their passwords, they must establish an answer to a security question first. It is recommended that students do this the first time they login to UM services at The online password change/reset pertains to all NetID logins including but not limited to: Moodle, UMConnect, CyberBear, Academic Planner, iTunesU, MyLabsPlus, Library remote resources, IT computer lab log-ins, campus wireless access, and some special interest services.

Why students should use UMConnect

UMConnect serves as the official means of communication between students and The University of Montana. Important University business is conducted via this email account, including routine information about registration, tuition and fees notifications, and urgent announcements and notices from President Engstrom and the UM administration. In addition, UMConnect is an easy way for students to quickly and efficiently correspond with professors and other University personnel.

How long are UMConnect accounts active

UMConnect accounts are offered to all enrolled university students. Once a student is no longer enrolled, this UMConnect account will be deactivated. 

How to maintain a UMConnect account

Students who are associated with UM (study abroad through a non-UM sponsored program, military leave, thesis work) may meet the requirements for a Student Affiliate which would allow you to maintain access to your UMConnect account (and other NetID-based services).  However, you must apply for Student Affiliate status prior to the 15th class day of the semester to retain those services.   After the third week of Fall or Spring semester, these requests cannot be accommodated. International students should contact Sara Smith and previously registered students should contact Bonnie Holzworth.  Please provide detailed information on how you will be associated with the University while you are not a registered student.

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