Life as a Georgia Tech Alumnus: Which Online Services You Keep, Lose, and Get after Graduation
If you’re on the verge of graduating and starting a new life after Tech, congratulations! But don’t turn your tassel without knowing what Tech can offer long after you’re gone from the grounds.
Once you leave, the services provided by the Office of Information Technology change, but not everything goes away. You will always be a Yellow Jacket, but you’ll be a former student when you have not registered for two consecutive terms. After that time, some online resources will no longer be available to you, and work that is stored on Tech servers could be lost to you unless you take action to retrieve it.
Here is an overview of what you lose, what you keep, and what your alumni status may provide after graduation.
What You Keep
Your Georgia Tech account will always remain active so you can access certain systems, and even when you are no longer a student, your password will not expire. Here are some resources that will be available to you for life:
- Passport (the Personal Account Self Service Portal): This site allows you to manage your Georgia Tech account, control your email alias (which provides email forwarding for life, or EMFL — more on that below), manage your hints, and change your password if needed.
- BuzzPort: Through BuzzPort, former students are able to maintain access to the student information system (OSCAR) to obtain transcripts or other services.
- T-Square: Former students continue to have partial access to Tech’s course management and collaboration system, T-Square.
What You Lose
You will be notified via email before losing access to services such as:
- LAWN (wireless network): The wireless network is unavailable to former students. For more information about LAWN, visit lawn.gatech.edu.
- Prism (2 GB cloud storage on Georgia Tech servers): If you have stored files on Prism, including any Prism public websites you’ve created, be sure to relocate any work you want to keep.
- Office 365 (Email, OneDrive storage, and Office 365 Pro Plus): Office 365, which includes your email and file storage as well as provides you with five activations of Office, will expire once you become a former student. You will no longer be able to log in to mail.gatech.edu or office365.gatech.edu. Any email or files you wish to keep should be saved or downloaded to your own resources before your access expires, and you may wish to set up Email Forwarding for Life as described below.
What You Can Get
After leaving Tech, you will be able to access some services and resources only for a limited time or, in some cases, for a fee. These include:
- Email Forwarding for Life: Former students who are in good standing with the Institute have the option of receiving Email Forwarding for Life (EMFL). EMFL does not provide you with a mailbox within the Georgia Tech email system, but it does allow you to keep your Georgia Tech email alias (the @gatech.edu address), which will then forward messages on to any other valid email address. Read more on how to set this up here.
Even if you already have been forwarding your email using your Georgia Tech alias, log in to Passport and make sure your Georgia Tech mailbox address (the @mail.gatech.edu address) is removed from your alias delivery. Otherwise, anyone emailing you after MyGaTech or Office 365 expires will receive an “undelivered” reply, even though the message is still forwarded to you.
- Library Resources: Access is available if you come to the library as a visitor. Alumni can also access library print materials if they register through the Georgia Tech Alumni Association.
- Alumni Career Services: Alumni can access this system for a fee once they become former students.
- Lynda Online Training: Lynda, the online tutorial database open to the Tech community, will remain available to you for one full semester after you graduate.
- TechWorks: If you ever worked for Georgia Tech, your access to TechWorks will remain active for up to two years after your employee status changes to “former.”
If you have questions, please contact the Technology Support Center at 404-894-7173 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by suite 215 in the Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons.