Your Access Account
Your Penn State Access Account user ID and password are the key to a host of Internet services: Help Desks, eLion, the Web, Penn State e-mail, University Libraries, ITS-managed Student Computing Labs, and much more.
User ID + Password = Access Account
- Your user ID (or username) is typically your initials and a one-to-four digit number, such as xyz5000, that follows you through your entire Penn State career. This is the public part of your digital identity, typically viewed by others when you send e-mail or fill information out on the Web. Your Penn State e-mail address is, in general, the same as your user ID (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Your Penn State password is the private part of your digital identity. It’s very important that you protect and guard it as if it were your personal bank account information, or your social security number. Never share your password with anyone, including friends or family members, and make sure you’ve made it too difficult for someone to crack.
- Remember: Penn State will never ask you for your password in e-mail!