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How can I get a .edu email address?

I don't go to school but would like to have a .edu address. I have a dedicated server and was thinking of picking up a .edu domain but I'd rather go the easier route if there is one.
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
you have to register it.  .EDU is for educational institutions  (just fill out the registration form)

http://www.networksolutions.com

go to the box "Find a domain" type in your prospective domain name(s) to make sure that it doesn't exist.  After submission it will give you several possible available (hopefully your primary choice)
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pendulumxCommented:
You cannot register an .edu domain just like that, they are restricted. You need to show you are an educational establishment to be given one. I am reading more about it now, but as far as I know the rules are similar to .ac.uk domain names, and to be allowed to register one of those you must meet the requirements laid down here: http://www.ja.net/services/connections/domain/registering-ac/eligibility/index.html

I'll probably find more information and post a follow up, or correct myself if I've made a mistake, because I'm interesting in the rules regarding this also.
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pendulumxCommented:
Interested*

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.edu

Seems you have no hope of registering your own .edu domain name. Your only hope would be to contact a University and beg for an email account! If you have a valid reason (e.g. you intend on doing some research) they may just give you one. At my University they are quite relaxed about sharing their resources.
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nickg5Commented:
I get alot of e-mails from .edu persons. They are University employees or just students. If you plan to go to school at a University you'll be able to get one or maybe you have a friend in a University who might let you use their address if they alternatives like hotmail, yahoo, etc.

Everything has a price.........maybe someone would sell you an .edu address.
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mlmccCommented:
Why do you want a .edu email account?
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arthurjbCommented:
Many USA Universities offer email addresses to Alumni.

If you are a graduate, you should contact your Alma Matter and ask.

The comment from nickq5 is not too far off, some universites may give you an address for a donation.

There are also many university system administrators here, and if you post a good reason for needing it, maybe someone will take pitty... :-)

Registering a .edu domain is very tough unless you are an accredited institution.  (A little off topic, this is one good way to tell if an online college is legitimate.  Many of the scamers use .com or other addresses...)
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Heem14Commented:
years ago (many) I remember someone actually registering a .edu without being an accredited organization. This was quite some time ago, and I'm sure there is little to no chance of you actually being able to accomplish it.
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Heem14Commented:
oh, there is now available for purchase .eu domain names... close enough to fool someone?

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arthurjbCommented:
The .eu is supposed to be available only to european folks, but I don't know how close they monitor it.

The .edu is monitored by an organization composed of Universities so its fairly tight...
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d-glitchCommented:
The .edu domain names should be tightly monitored.

Why do you want a .edu email account?

I can think of a few bad reasons:

    Impersonating a student so you can get educational discounts on software that you are not entitled to.
    Impersonating a student so you can join Facebook and stalk or spy on real students.

I can't think of any legitimate reasons.

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byundtCommented:
d-glitch,
As pointed out by arthurjb, many universities offer .edu e-mail addresses to their alumni. My alma-mater does, and I find that using the alum.myuniversity.edu address is a good conversation starter.

In my case, the university remails anything sent to the .edu address to my current ISP account. As a result, I have a permanent address that I can give people. So it's low cost for them and beneficial to me. It's also a good reminder when it comes time for donations.
Brad
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arthurjbCommented:
Yes,it is a common marketing practice to create a lifetime relationahip with alumni.
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d-glitchCommented:
There is certainly no problem with universities allowing thier alumnae/i to use .edu addresses if they
require and include the .alum field.  That makes the relationship very clear.  I hope they all work that way.

I can see why someone would want to claim a link to a university.
But why would any university allow an unaffiliated person to claim such a link.
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