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.
Your Penn State Access 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 Access Account.
Two-factor authentication (2FA) is an additional layer of security that requires verifying your identity on a secondary device.
It’s important to create strong passwords. Combine uppercase and lowercase letters along with numbers and only log in to secure sites.
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.
Intellectual property laws and guidelines can be complex and difficult to navigate. Make sure you’re familiar with Penn State’s policies.
Sign up for Penn State IT Alerts to receive email notifications on the status of services such as wireless, Canvas, LionPATH and more.
Virus Detection/Spyware Tools
Learn best practices for keeping yourself safe online and download free anti-virus software.
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 m3 or i3
- RAM – 4 GB
- Hard Drive – 256 GB
- Video Card – Integrated
- Display Resolution – 1366x768
- Processor – Intel Core i3
- RAM – 8 GB
- Hard Drive – 512 GB – 1TB 7200 RPM Drive
- Video RAM – Integrated
- Capacity – 16 GB Flash Storage
- Resolution – 1024x600
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.
Canvas is your online classroom portal, where you can view lessons, take quizzes, submit assignments, and communicate with professors and classmates.
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.
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.
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.