The university offers alumni Gmail accounts to all graduates via the WakeNetwork. This is a great opportunity for alumni to maintain a Wake Forest email address after graduation. Your alumni Gmail account is a fully functional Google account with 50 GB of free storage. Before your WFU student account is deleted, you have the opportunity to transfer your existing content (messages, files, contacts, etc) to your new alumni account. Transfer instructions are available via our Post-Graduation Information support solution.

It is important to begin using your alumni Gmail account for all correspondence, especially when interacting with potential employers.

  • Update your resume to use your alumni Gmail account
  • Update any active job applications to use your alumni Gmail account 

You may contact the Wake Forest Alumni Office at or 336-758-5264 if you need assistance accessing your WakeNetwork or Alumni Gmail Account.

Step 1: Navigate to

Step 2: Click Access your Network with Google


Step 3: Sign in with your WFU student Google account or personal Gmail account


Step 4: Select your affiliation

*Note: If you have logged into the WakeNetwork previously, you will be presented with the Search tool and your alumni information, you can skip to step 9


Step 5: Enter your First name and Last name and click "Next"


Step 6: The system will look up your alumni record and present you with a list of possible matches, click the one that most closely matches your personal information


Step 7: You will be asked to verify your identity by entering the last 4 digits of your social security number

*Note: You can click on the "Enter your student ID" to verify your identity as well


Step 8: Accept the Terms of Service and click continue

Once you are logged into the WakeNetwork, click on the Settings in the navigation menu located in the  upper right corner

Step 9: The Settings page will indicate whether your Alumni Gmail has been activated, if it has not been activated, complete the form and click Activate my Alumni Gmail.

  • Enter a username, this will become the prefix of new alumni Gmail account
  • Enter and confirm your password
  • Enter a recovery email and phone number, this should be a personal email account, not your WFU student email address, this email and phone number will be used to reset your password if you have forgotten your password

Step 10: Once your alumni Gmail has been activated, the settings page will indicate that it is active.  You can then log into your alumni Gmail account at

*Note: You will be able to use your new alumni Gmail account to log into the WakeNetwork and WIN after your WFU student account expires

You have now successfully created an alumni Gmail account. Please contact the IT Department Help Desk at or 336-758-4300 if you have any questions or we can be of assistance.