The Penn State WebAccess system is Penn State’s Single-Sign-On (SSO) solution, providing an environment in which users can authenticate/log in one time with their respective Access Account to a central server in order to access multiple services protected with WebAccess without needing to re-authenticate.

Visit the Penn State WebAccess help page for a more detailed description of the service, which is based on the CoSign project from the University of Michigan.

Please see the Access Accounts page for questions related to Penn State Access Accounts. For a full list of authentication services, see the Authentication Services page.

Notification channels include ITS Alerts and WebAccess Notfications.


  • Provides a single-sign-on solution for Penn State services and resources (published services using WebAccess)
  • Restricts access to protected sites
  • Pre-set timeouts to minimize exposure of forgotten web browser sessions

Service Availability and Maintenance

Service is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

To keep systems running at peak performance and to ensure the best possible service, routine testing and maintenance is performed during the daily maintenance window from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. EST/EDT. During this time, systems and services may be affected. Unanticipated urgent service issues may require maintenance at other times.


There is no charge to Penn State customers for this service.


Customers for this service are departments and designated affiliate departments within Penn State, as well as vendors who wish to implement CoSign instead of SAML (Shibboleth).

Getting Started

Features and Notes


For questions related to WebAccess, email the WebAccess team; otherwise, check the Support page for Identity Services and IT Service desk support.

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