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Email Lists

CU Boulder offers a variety of mechanisms for sending university-related email messages in bulk to groups of faculty, staff or students.  Carefully evaluate the available bulk email mechanisms to ensure you have selected the tool appropriate to the task at hand.

Changes to Email List Manager

Starting Thursday, September 29, requests for new email lists will be fulfilled by Google Workspace Groups. The Sympa Email List Manager service will be retired on March 15, 2023, with remaining lists migrated to Google Workspace Groups.

User who currently own a list on the Sympa Email List Manager service have been communicated to regarding the upcoming migration of their lists to Google Workspace Groups. Learn more about the change from our news story. 


  • CU Boulder Today : CU Boulder's electronic newsletter captures campus news, important announcements, campus events and the stories that inform our campus conversation.
  • Buff Bulletin Board : A site that is a listing of notices, training/seminars, jobs, campus services and events.
  • Administrative E-memo: Single-subject message which can be sent to specifically targeted groups, for university business. This service is administered by Strategic Relations and Communications).
  • Email List Manager: list management software powered by Sympa that allows users to subscribe and share messages with other subscribers.
  • Course Roster Email:  portal-based email mechanism which allows a faculty member to send an email to all students registered for their class.
  • Exchange Distribution Lists: Exchange-based capabilities including AD group mailing lists, security permissions, and group invitations to calendar events.
  • Google Groups: Google provides distribution list capability through the Groups app.

Related Policies


Email List manager, Course Roster Email, Google Groups, and the Buff Bulletin Board are provided as common-good services to the campus which means there is no direct cost to list owners or list subscribers.

Administrative E-memos may have a charge associated with them, paid for by the department or individual sending the message. There is no subscription fee charged to readers of the Administrative E-memos.