Access Accounts


A Penn State Access Account is a digital identity for students, faculty, staff, and designated affiliates of the University. The electronic profile grants permissions to users for protected online University resources and services. Access Accounts provide access to the University community at all times, while maintaining a high level of security.

Each person with an Access Account is assigned a unique username of three letters paired with a series of digits (for example, xyz5002). A user ID is associated with only one individual and is never recycled. User IDs are used as a representation of an individual when logging in.

A password is used to ensure that the correct individual is logging in under the entered user ID. Coupled with a user ID, a password helps to complete the authentication process when gaining access to a service. A number of different systems and procedures are used for authentication of an identity, as well as determining the level of authorization an individual has in regard to the specific service.

The following forms are available for creating and maintaining an account:


  • Allows Penn State faculty, staff, students, and designated affiliates of Penn State to securely interact with the appropriate Penn State services and gain access to necessary Penn State resources. Examples include University-based e-mail services, eLion, ANGEL (Penn State’s course management system), ITS computer labs, and other Penn State-affiliated resources.
  • Various options are available to best suit the needs of person requesting access and Penn State.


Two types of Access Accounts are available to individuals, which will determine the number and types of services and resources available:

Additional accounts options are:


  • All faculty and staff automatically qualify for a Full Access Account.
  • All full-time students and part-time students registered for at least one credit automatically qualify for a Full Access Account.
  • World Campus students have a separate standard in qualifying for an Access Account. Please refer to the World Campus Access Account and Information Technology Fee page for more information.
  • Designated affiliates of the University may qualify for other account options through sponsorship by a University department.


There is no charge for  other Access Accounts.

Availability and Maintenance

  • 24 hours per day, seven days per week
  • Service is automatically backed up daily

Request Service and Get Support

If you have questions about Access Accounts or want to request an Account, then email the Accounts Office or call by 814-865-4772.

The ITS Accounts Office is responsible for providing assistance to Access Account holders and resolving any problems related to Access Accounts. Each Penn State campus provides its own on-site computer support department, including the Hershey Medical Center.

For complete support information, see the Access Account Getting Support page.

For Identity Services support, see the IDS Support page.

Getting Started

If you are ready to create an access account:

Access Account Links

Service Request Forms (PDF forms)

Service Management Forms (online forms)


Reports, Policies, and Guidelines

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