For Students, Transition on July 2, 10 p.m.

Student e-mail accounts moving to Gmail on July 2 at 10 p.m.  

How to avoid email hackers during this transition (and in general)?

Email hackers may use Rider’s transition to Google as an opportunity to access your data and Rider’s.   

You can keep your account secure if you remember:

  • Never click on an email link from a message claiming your account has issues. OIT will never ask you to do this.
  • Never share your password. No legitimate business will ask for it.
  • Never send your password or other personal information via email. 

What if you don't see all of your email in Gmail?  
Do not panic if you do not see all of your existing email messages in your Rider Gmail account on July 3. Due to the enormous amount of email messages that need to be transferred (over 7.5 million), it may take a few days longer for all of the messages to transfer over. Exceptions to this due to Gmail limitations include email with attachments larger than 25 MB and email that has been marked as a virus or spam. Zimbra will remain available until all messages have been moved over to Gmail. 

How do you get to your new Rider Gmail account?

Launch your favorite web browser and enter gmail.rider.edu or gmail.com in the address bar.

What is your new Rider Gmail account username and password?
Your existing Rider e-mail address is your Gmail username (ex. smitha@rider.edu).  

You will be required to change your password when you log into Gmail for the first time. Instructions on how to change your password was sent to you via email on June 26 and again on July 2.   Log into your old Webmail  to find the instructions.

Please refer to the guidelines at the bottom of this page for choosing a strong password and protecting your information.

In addition to the Gmail, students will also have access to Google Calendar.  

If you have any questions, please contact the OIT Help Desk at 609-219-3000 or email helpdesk@rider.edu.

Guidelines for choosing a strong password 

  • Your password must be at least eight characters. The longer the better.
  • Avoid common words and proper names. 
  • Use both uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. 
  • Use a passphrase when you can. For example, "When I was 7, my dog Dolly went to Heaven." The odds against someone cracking this even with the help of a supercomputer are astronomical. 
  • Don't use familiar or famous quotations. If you use a passphrase make it original.
  • Don't use any real names especially your own, your family members or your pets. 
  • Change your password on a schedule. If you can't remember the last time you changed your password, it's time to change it! 

Guidelines for protecting your information

  • Never share your password with anyone. 
  • Never send passwords or other sensitive personal information via email.
  • Remember OIT will never ask you for your password in an email.