Set up an Office 365 for Education

Step 1: Create your Office 365 tenant account.

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Follow these steps to set up an Office 365 for Education verified tenant if you don-t already have one set up.

  1. Navigate to the Office 365 Education Plans page.
  2. Click the green Get Started for Free button.
  3. Click Create a New Account.
  4. Enter all Info requested in the wizard.
  • Country or Region
  • First name
  • School email address
  • School phone number
  • School name
  • School size
  1. Click Next.
  2. Create your Global Admin account. Enter all requested information.
    - Username
    - Domain name
    - Password
  1. Record the username and password for your Admin account, and then click Create my account.
  2. Enter our phone number for an access code and verify you’re not a robot.
  3. Click You’re ready to go.
  1. Click I’ll verify later.
  2. Click Yes on the confirmation prompt.
  3. Your Office 365 EDU tenant account is now created!!

Add Domains

Once you’ve created your tenant, add each of the domains for your organization. To do this, follow these instructions for each domain you want to add. You don't NOT need to a tenant account for each domain. You can have a single tenant account with multiple domains.

Recommendation – Add a small number of domains, if possible. For education, enabling a single domain for teachers and a single domain for students works well. Each domain added is intended to be associated to the User Principal Name and Email Address of the users in your directory. If you have domains from an on-premise Active Directory that are not being used, there is no need to add them to your Office 365 tenant.


Next step: Once you have created your Office 365 tenant account and added domains, please proceed to Step 2 to Secure and Configure Your Network.

Step 2: Secure and configure your network

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Some of the most common Office 365 performance issues are related to network configuration. Assessing your network configuration and applying network principals and best practices is a key step in ensuring the best possible Office 365 user experience.

Review Network Planning, Optimization, and Best Practices

The topic Office 365 network connectivity overview is a good place to start to understand the basic principles of Office 365 networking. Then, read Office 365 Network Connectivity Principles to understand how to optimize network performance.

You can also review the network planning, best practices, and optimization guides available at this link.

Configure Connectivity to Microsoft IPs and URLs

To move to Microsoft 365 Education, you need to enable network connectivity to the Microsoft cloud and services. Ensure that you configure your firewalls and network devices for connectivity to the IPs and URLs defined in the topic Managing Office 365 endpoints.

Next step: Once you have reviewed your network configuration and ensured that you are following the Office 365 Network Connectivity Principles, please proceed to Step 3 to Sync Your Active Directory.