Leaving GT: What you lose, what you keep, and what you can get

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If you’re graduating from Tech, congratulations! As you prepare to leave, remember that your Georgia Tech connection is never completely severed. Here is a general overview of what happens to your GT account when you enter the world beyond GT.What You Lose You become a former student when you have not registered for 2 consecutive terms. Once that happens, many of the online resources will no longer be available to you. But don’t worry, we’ll notify you before we remove your access. Some of these expiring services include:
  • LAWN (wireless network) GT’s wireless network will be unavailable after you become a former student. For more information about LAWN, go to
  • Prism (2 GB cloud storage on GT servers) If you have stored files on Prism including any Prism public web sites you’ve created, be sure to relocate any work you want to keep. Check out these FAQ links for information about accessing Prism files and copying/downloading them to your own resources:  
  • MyGaTech (Zimbra email service) MyGaTech, which includes your email mailbox and storage on the mail servers, will expire after you become a former student. You will no longer have access to login to or Any email you wish to keep should be saved/downloaded from MyGaTech to your own resource before your access expires. However, former students who are in good standing with the Institute have the option of receiving Email Forwarding for Life (EMFL). EMFL will NOT provide you with a mailbox within the Georgia Tech email system, but it will allow you to keep your GT email alias (the address), which will then forward messages on to any valid email address that you have. Even if you already have been forwarding your email using your GT alias, please login to PassPort and make sure that your GT mailbox address (the address) is removed from your alias delivery. Otherwise, anyone that emails you after MyGaTech expires will receive an “Undelivered” reply, even though the message is still forwarded to you. For more information on the EMFL process, please visit  
What You KeepYour GT Account will always remain active in order for you to access certain systems, and once you are a former 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 GT account, control your GT alias (EMFL), manage your Hints, and change your password if needed.  
  • BuzzPort Through BuzzPort, former students will be able to maintain access to the Student Information System (OSCAR) in order to obtain transcripts, for example.  
  • T-Square Former students will continue to have access to Tech’s course management and collaboration system, T-Square, albeit in a more limited fashion.
What You Can GetAfter leaving Tech, you will be able to access some services and resources for only a certain amount of time, or in some cases for a fee. These include:
  • Library Resources Alumni can access GT Library print materials, if they register through the GT Alumni Association. See this link for information: Even more access is available if you come to the Library as a visitor. See this link for more information:  
  • CareerBuzz You will be able to access this career services system for a fee after you become a former student. For more information go to:  
  • GT Alumni Directory Graduating students should consult the GT Alumni Association’s FAQ page for all details concerning the Alumni Directory. See their link here:  
  • (Online Training) Lynda, the online tutorial database open to the GT community, will remain available to you for one full semester after you graduate.  
  • TechWorks If you ever worked for GT, 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 (TSC) at 404-894-7173 or Or you can visit the TSC, located in Clough Commons suite 215, behind the grand staircase.



  • Workflow Status: Published
  • Created By: Kim MacLeod
  • Created: 05/03/2013
  • Modified By: Fletcher Moore
  • Modified: 10/07/2016


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