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Email Configuration: Best Practices and Guidelines

Best practice for email at Beloit College is to use the Google interface ( The other option is to configure your email client with IMAP or POP settings.

For a brief description of the difference between IMAP and POP, see this page. In simple terms, IMAP is a two-way connection with the mail server and POP is a one way download of mail from the server.

Enabling IMAP in Gmail

General IMAP Configuration Instructions

Enabling POP in Gmail

General POP Configuration Instructions