Student MCA Email Instructions

MCA uses the Google Apps for Education platform for student, faculty and staff email accounts.You now have a new email address formatted as yourname.lastname@mca.edu. Follow these instructions to access the new mail system.

  1. If you have a personal Gmail account, you will need to sign out of this account before logging in with your MCA account. From your Gmail window, click on your name at the top right of the window and then click the “Sign Out” box.

    (If you don’t have a personal Gmail account, skip to step 2 below.)


  2. Go to “http://www.gmail.com” and login with your Google Apps username and password (your username is the portion of your email address before the “@” symbol).
  3. Enter your entire email address into the Enter your email field, then press Next,then enter your  password into the Password: field. (Uncheck the “Stay signed in” box if you are on a computer that is shared with someone else.)


    Then click the “Sign In” button.

    The default username format for student email accounts is firstname.lastname@mca.edu
    The default password for students is mca$tud3nt

  4. (If this is your first time logging in, you’ll need to accept the Google Apps for Education terms of use and then reset your password after logging in. Then you’ll continue with step 5.
  5. Once you’ve logged in, accepted the terms and changed your password successfully, you’ll be taken into your mca.edu Gmail inbox.

*If you had a personal gmail account (in step one), you can now link your personal and mca.edu Gmail accounts by clicking on the gear near your  name in the top right corner and clicking on the “Add Account” button. This will prompt you to enter in your personal Gmail username and login so that you can just switch between the two accounts.

Make sure you read the “Learn more” section on the multiple sign-in page to ensure you’re aware of how multiple sign-in will affect your Google Apps usage.

Should you have questions/problems, etc. fill out a tech-request by clicking the tech request link at the labs’ homepage: http://www.mcalabs.net.

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