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Keep Your Email Address Current
Foothill College uses email as the primary way of communicating with former, current, and future students.
NOTE: An email address shared between Foothill applicants will prevent the creation of your student MyPortal account.
You'll need a valid, unique email addressto receive notification of the following:
- If you've been admitted to Foothill College
- Your confirmation of enrollment for each quarter
- If a seat in a waitlisted class has opened up, you'll be notified by email.
- Other important information
You will not receive this information by postal mail. Also, the Schedule of Classes is no longer printed and available in the Bookstore. You can find the class schedule information online on at foothill.edu/schedule/ and inside MyPortal if you are a Foothill student.
How can I get my email messages if I don't have a computer?
If you don't have a computer, borrow a friend's, go to your local library, or use one at any of these campus locations:
- Building 3600 Media Center
- Rm 4000 KCI
- Rm 4213 PSME Center
- Building 3600 Teaching & Learning Center
- Rm 8101 Admissions and Records
See campus map for locations.
Also you may be eligible to request a refurbised computer. Learn more about the Foothill-De Anza computer scholarship program.
Does Foothill give email accounts to students?
Yes! Starting Fall 2018, you can get a student email address by using the "Student Email" app inside MyPortal:
Click on it and follow the instructions. Your email address will look like: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I have to pay for an email account?
A list of other free Web-based email services is available at About.com. Be sure to fully read all conditions before agreeing to any service. Foothill College is not connected to, nor does it take responsibility for, the services listed here. This information is provided only as a convenience to Foothill students.
Can I get a free email account without getting a lot of ads and spam?
Most providers of free email accounts rely on advertising. However, some are better than others. For more information about what you can do to fight spam, see spam.abuse.net. Foothill College respects your privacy and will not sell or give out student email addresses. Please read our Privacy Statement for details.
How often will I get email messages from the college?
Outside of the registration period , we will send email messages to enrolled students about two(2) - four(4) times every quarter. Special announcements or student bulletins may increase the number of messages we send.
During registration periods , you will receive payment reminders, important deadline dates, and additional instructions on how to pay your tuition and fees whenever you register for or add classes. If you do not pay your tuition and fees, you will receive payment reminders.
The messages we send may contain important dates, registration information, news and events and other information that students should know.
Applicants to Foothill College will receive an acknowledgment email message within 24 hours of applying. Applicants may receive reminders about enrolling and/or invitations to complete surveys about college services and courses. Remember to keep you email address up-to-date in your MyPortal account.
How do I protect my computer from viruses?
Don't open an email message that claims to have an update to any program on your computer. Reputable companies will never send an update to you through email. The only attachments our email messages may have are small images. We will never send an "application," "program," or "update" attachment of any sort. Additionally, we will never ask you to submit your MyPortal account information via email. If you receive an email asking you to log into MyPortal because there's a problem with your access information, or that your account will be deleted if you don't, delete the message! It is a scam. If you have any questions, check with Admissions and Records.
Unfortunately, computer viruses and spammers (individuals or companies sending junk email) "spoof" legitimate email addresses. Spoofing is when an email message appears to have been sent from a legitimate source. Here are some tips to help protect your computer from viruses:
- Keep regularly updated anti-virus software installed and running on your computer at all times.
- Never respond to a spam message; doing so may put you on another spam list.
- If the subject of an email message seems odd, contains strange characters, it may be a spam message.
- Consider the time the email message was sent. Is it reasonable for your contacts to send you a message at 3 a.m.?
Spam and Scams
"Phishing" scams are messages sent to you that look legitimate. Usually the message seems to come from a bank or a credit card company. Do not use the links in that email message. Any message from your REAL bank or credit card company will contain some type of personal identification information in the message. If it doesn't contain anything that identifies you or your account, then more than likely it is a scam to try to obtain your financial access information.
The best way to avoid the possibility of releasing your access information to criminals is to delete the message and GO to your financial institution's Web site to log in. Never respond to a phishing scam email message or use the links in the email message. Report the scam to your financial institution.
Admissions and Records
Student Services Building 8100, Room 8101
A & R Office Hours
MAIN CAMPUSMONDAY–THURSDAY 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
SUNNYVALE CENTERCLOSED Please contact Main Campus for virtual services.
HOLIDAYS & EXCEPTIONSCLOSED Fridays through Sept. 4.
How do I make sure my email is current?
- Log in to MyPortal to update your personal information.
- Click either the Students or Registration Tab
- Click Update My Personal Information (under My Profile).
- Review your Personal Email and click Update Email Addresses if it is different than the email you are currently using.
TIP: When you check your grades each quarter, remember to verify your primary email address then.
If you need additional information or help regarding your email address and messages being sent to you, contact the Admissions and Records Office.