As you transition to life at Penn State, it’s important to understand the technology resources available to you as a student. This guide introduces you to some of the University’s most important Information Technology (IT) resources, ranging from how to access free software downloads to connecting to wireless.
Penn State Accounts
Penn State Account
Your Penn State Account consists of two parts—your user ID and password—and gives you access to many University services.
Your unique user ID (or username) is automatically assigned to you and usually consists of your initials and a one- to four-digit number (such as xyz5000).
Reset or change your password and set your secondary email address as soon as you activate your Penn State Account.
Two-factor authentication (2FA) is an additional layer of security that requires verifying your identity on a secondary device. 2FA is mandatory for all students.
Phishing is an attempt to steal your personal information with a fake email message or call. Learn how to protect yourself and where to report a phishing attempt.
It’s important to create strong passwords. Combine uppercase and lowercase letters along with numbers and only log in to secure sites.
Intellectual property laws and guidelines can be complex and difficult to navigate. Make sure you’re familiar with Penn State’s policies.
Virus Detection/Spyware Tools
Learn best practices for keeping yourself safe online and anti-virus software.
Penn State Go
Available on multiple platforms, Penn State Go is the official all-in-one app for Penn State. Check the homepage frequently to learn about new features and integrations.
Office 365 includes all of the Microsoft programs you’re familiar with—from Word to Excel—and many more. Explore new ways to unleash your creativity and increase your productivity.
Canvas is Penn State’s learning management system where you can access your courses, take quizzes, submit assignments, monitor grades, and communicate with instructors and classmates.
Sign up for Penn State IT Alerts to receive email notifications on the status of services such as wireless, Canvas, LionPATH, and more.
Check with your department or college for specific recommendations. If you are bringing a used computer, make sure it meets the minimum recommendations:
- Processor – Intel Core m5 or i5
- RAM – 8 GB
- Hard Drive – 256 GB+ SSD
- Video Card – Integrated
- Display Resolution – 1920×1080
- Processor – Intel Core i5
- RAM – 16 GB
- Hard Drive – 256 GB+
- Video RAM – Integrated
- Capacity – 32 GB+ Flash Storage
- Resolution – 1200×800
Sites and Services
On LionPATH, you can view transcripts, access financial aid information, pay tuition bills, schedule courses, and much more.
Visit LinkedIn Learning’s library of thousands of free, on-demand tutorials to enhance your coursework and build your resume.
G Suite for Education
A G Suite account—which includes apps such as Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Hangouts Meet and Chats, Sites and Jamboard—is available to all Penn State students at no additional cost.
An Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) account—which includes programs such as Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat Pro, and After Effects—is now available to all Penn State students at no additional cost.
Discover and download free and discounted software.
As a Penn State student, you have unlimited cloud-based storage space through Microsoft OneDrive.
Sites at Penn State allows you to easily build websites, blogs, and portfolios at no additional charge.
Applications available for use on personal devices that provide access to popular software found in Penn State computer labs.
Zoom allows you to join, host, and record meetings from your computer or smart device.
Kaltura is for storing, publishing, and streaming videos and other media in the cloud and works in tandem with Zoom.
Find a computer lab, learn lab hours, and even check which computers are available.
Penn State’s Media Commons help you envision, produce, and publish multimedia projects.
Maker Commons offers services to help you envision, produce, and document maker projects with 3D printers.
The Research Network gives graduate student researchers access to secure, high-performance research data transfers.
IT Learning & Development
IT Learning and Development (ITLD) provides free, online, in-person, and personalized professional development resources for a variety of software systems and technology tools.
Learning Resource Network
The Learning Resource Network (LRN) offers online and instructor-led opportunities to continue developing skills across all disciplines. Courses cover Box, Zoom, Canvas, and Office 365 applications along with subject-specific classes.
WorkLion is the University’s human resources portal. If you are an employee of Penn State while studying, you can use it to access your pay history and much more.
IT Service Desk
The IT Service Desk provides troubleshooting and help with technical services, programs, and devices, and can be accessed at on-campus locations, by phone, or online via 24-hour chat.
The Knowledge Base contains step-by-step instructions, general information, and frequently asked questions about many Penn State IT services.
Technology Tutoring is available from student tutors that can guide you through using such software as Photoshop, Prezi, InDesign, Excel, and many more.