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Each Design Center (DC) user account has an automatically created e-mail address which may be accessed in several ways.


Finding your DC E-Mail address

To find your DC e-mail address, take your DC username and append the string @engr.scu.edu. For example:

  • Full Name: Homer J. Simpson
  • DC Username: hsimpson
  • DC E-mail: hsimpson@engr.scu.edu
  • DC E-mail password: (The same as your DC Unix password. Not necessarily the same as your DC Windows password)

WARNING: Your DC e-mail address is completely independent from your Groupwise e-mail address. Your Groupwise e-mail address is administered by the campus IT department and ends with @scu.edu rather than @engr.scu.edu. Also note that the username component of these two accounts may differ.

Receiving your DC E-Mail

There are several ways to read your DC e-mail.


IMAP reads mail on the server directly, supporting server-side folders. Since it always leaves mail on the server, you can run IMAP from different client computers and always have access to all your mail. All communication (including login) is done in unencrypted plaintext. We do not recommend the use of standard IMAP.

  • Server: imap.engr.scu.edu
  • Port: 143
  • Status: Deprecated/Insecure


Same as IMAP, but all communication is encrypted via SSL. (Much like HTTPS is the encrypted version of HTTP)

  • Server: imap.engr.scu.edu
  • Port: 993
  • Status: Recommended/Secure


POP3 downloads your mail to a client computer. It does not support server-side folders. Since it downloads mail to the client, running pop3 on multiple client computers will likely leave each computer with an incomplete copy of your mail. All communication (including authentication) is done unencrypted. We do not recommend the use of standard POP3.

  • Server: pop.engr.scu.edu
  • Port: 110
  • Status: Deprecated/Insecure

Secure POP3 (POP3S)

Same as POP3, but all communication is encrypted via SSL.

  • Server: pop.engr.scu.edu
  • Port: 995
  • Status: Recommended/Secure

Command-line Mail Clients

For the true Unix users, we offer several command-line mail clients. These can be accessed locally or remotely (via SSH) on any of our Unix workstations. The available clients include:

  • pine
  • alpine (Linux only)
  • elm
  • mutt (Linux only)
  • mail

Sending mail via the DC (SMTP)

To send mail via your DC account, you need to send it through our SMTP server.


  • Server: smtp.engr.scu.edu
  • Port: 25
  • Alternate Port: 2525 (If you have trouble sending mail through our servers on port 25, try switching to 2525 as your ISP may block outbound traffic on port 25)

Anti-SPAM Gotcha

To prevent spammers from abusing our servers, we require all off-campus users of our SMTP server to first login via IMAP, IMAPS, POP3, or POP3s before they can send mail. Once you do, you'll have a 5 minute window in which you can send mail. Basically, you just need to tell your mail client to check mail before sending. Most modern clients have an option to do this automatically. If yours does not, just manually check for new mail before trying to send outgoing mail.


We now support SMTP AUTH on the SMTPS port (465) of smtp.engr.scu.edu. If your client supports Authenticated SMTP, you can tell it to use this port and to login before sending mail. This will allow you to send mail without having to first check mail.

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