I assume that you are using BIS and that you have a BB data plan.
Email doesn't sync, but you can have it pushed to the device using BIS. Had you gone to our FAQ, you would find an article on how to set up your email: How to add / delete email addresses - BlackBerryFAQ
Since you are at a university, you will need to make sure the school allows and supports BBs for email. They will be the ones to provide the proper incoming server settings for you to use.
There is also an article explaining the Leave messages on server: Some email comes to my BB and some does not - BlackBerryFAQ