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Mailing lists

A mailing list is a group of names and addresses used to send emails to multiple recipients. Emails sent to a mailing list are forwarded to the members (subscribers) of the list. There are four types of mailing lists at K-State:

Distribution lists
Basic mailing list typically used for group communication.

A distribution list has a K-State email address and is best used for internal, group communication. It is a no frills distribution list; messages sent to the distribution list are then sent to members of the list. Lists can be set up so that messages sent to it are forwarded to another email address. This is often used for email addresses that are publicized for marketing or other purposes. Distribution lists were previously known as email aliases. The maximum number of email addresses in a distribution list is 200. If you need more than 200 email addresses, a LISTSERV is a better option. Advantages of a distribution list are:

  • Only the contact person can add/remove members; members cannot add themselves.
  • The list can be managed in eProfile using your K-State eID and password.
  • Can act as an email alias; messages sent to the list can be forwarded to another email address.

Also see Distribution lists vs. LISTSERV mailing lists

LISTSERV mailing lists
Advanced mailing list with subscription and privacy options.

A LISTSERV mailing list offers subscription, privacy, email limits and other options. Advantages of a LISTSERV mailing list:

  • Members can be added by the list owner or can self-subscribe.
  • Convenienent web interface for managing list options and subscriptions.
  • Lists can be made public, making them searchable on the K-State White Pages.

Also see Distribution lists vs. LISTSERV mailing lists

Enrollment-based LISTSERV mailing lists
Mailing list of instructor's currently enrolled students. Instructors only.

An enrollment-based LISTSERV mailing list includes your current students. These lists are deleted at the end of the semester, along with the removal of the accumulated monthly log files (notebooks). They are often requested because:

  • Instructors can set options to allow class discussion (students can send messages to the list) or use it as an announcement only list (only specific people can send messages to the list).
  • You can add other people to the list such as teaching assistants, guest speakers, etc., so students can interact with them as well.

Internal LISTSERV mailing lists
Mailing list used to email selected group of K-Staters frequently.

An internal LISTSERV mailing list is good for when you need to email a selected audience of K-Staters frequently. Please note that fees will be waived for academic projects. There are two options for your internal list:

Auto-updated internal LISTSERV mailing list

  • Updated automatically, at least once a week.
  • 12 months = $100 plus $.05/name (counted on the 20th day of classes).

Basic internal LISTSERV mailing list

  • updated at your request.
  • 12 months = $35 plus $.02/name any time the list is updated.

Request a list 

Note: Only faculty and staff can submit requests for mailing lists.