Choosing Google@SAS or forwarding to your Gmail account

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Do you already have a personal GMail account? The information below can help you decide if you want to sign up for Google@SAS or have your SAS email forwarded to your personal GMail account.


Feature Google@SAS Personal GMail Account 
Separating personal from school email

If you like to keep your personal and school email separate, then it’s good to sign up for Google@SAS. Only mail sent to your SAS email address will be delivered to your Google@SAS account.

If you have both a Google@SAS and personal Gmail accounts, it's easy to swtich between them.  Click here for more details.

If you like to have all your messages in one account, then it’s probably better to configure your SAS email address to forward directly to your personal account.

Please note that you can NOT configure a Google@SAS account to forward through to another account.

If you want your SAS email delivered to a personal account, visit and enter your personal Gmail address in the box for a forwarding address.

Sending mail from your @SAS email address When you send mail from Google@SAS, the “from” address in your message will always be your address.  This makes it easy for recipients to identify you as a Penn student.

When you send mail from a personal email account, it will by default come from your personal GMail address (e.g.

You can configure your personal account to send from your SAS address.  Click here for instructions.

Collaboration with other SAS students When you use Google@SAS, it will be easy for other students to share documents or calendars with you; they can share directly to your SAS email address. Other students will have to know your personal GMail address in order to share docs or calendars.
Contact lists You can easily import your existing Contacts into Google@SAS by following instructions found here.  However, contact lists in your personal and Google@SAS accounts will NOT be automatically synchronized.  They will be separate lists By using a single account for personal and school email, you'll work from a single contact list.
Information privacy Google@SAS includes special protections for the privacy of information in your mail and docs.  Google has agreed to protect the confidentiality of Penn's private information with the same standard of care in which they protect their own private corporate information. Personal GMail accounts will use the standard GMail terms of service.  Information can be found here.
Blackberry users Google@SAS can work with Blackberry devices, but the setup process is a little more complicated than with standard Gmail accounts. See our special instructions for Blackberry users. See Google's standard instructions for using GMail on a Blackberry
Tech assistance Penn has staff available to assist with any Google@SAS issues.  You can contact them through this form. Google has a support page and forum to assist with technical issues.  The page can be found here.

If you have any further questions that were not addressed here, please contact us using this form.