Access Accounts

Access Accounts

Access Accounts for Students

What is a Penn State Access Account?
A Penn State Access Account is a user ID and password. Your user ID is the "public" part of your Penn State Access Account. This is the part you should share with others so that they know where to send you electronic mail. Your user ID (sometimes referred to as "username" or "userid") is usually your initials followed by a 1- to 3-digit number such as xyz101. The letters are lowercase.

Your password, on the other hand, should be kept private. Your password is the "key" that lets you open electronic doors for online services like LionPATH, Canvas, electronic mail, and other Penn State services.

Why do I need a Penn State Access Account?
A Penn State Access Account enables Penn State faculty, staff, and students to use the full range of Internet services on or off campus, at computer labs or on personal computers. It also allows you to use student computing labs.

What can I access or do with my Penn State Access Account?
Electronic Mail
Your Student Account
Your Course Syllabi
Your Web Space
Library Resources
Your electronic directory information
Change your Password
The Internet
Use the on-campus wireless network

How do I get a Penn State Access Account?
The ITS Accounts Office is responsible for providing assistance to Access Account holders and resolving any issues related to one’s Access Account.

Students will receive an email (to an email address on file with the University) notifying them that an Access Account is ready for activation.

A student will have seven days to activate the Access Account using the link provided in the notification. If the account is not activated within seven days, then the link will expire and a user will need to follow the instructions in the account activation email to request that a new activation be sent.

For more information on the electronic activation process, see:

If you need help, ask the lab attendant for assistance or see the Information Technology Support Center staff located in Dawson 116.

What else do I need to know about my access account?
Guard your password just as you guard your bank card PIN. Don't write it down or make it easy for someone to "crack." Don't share your password with others, as they would then have the opportunity to read your e-mail, see your grades, obtain your transcript, and forge e-mail and news postings from you.

Use the ITS Secure Server, to change your password.

How To Get Help

IT Support Center


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Call us: 570-963-2551