Technology Checklist

Technology Checklist

The Penn State New Kensington Information Technology Services department welcomes you to the campus! The purpose of this page is to introduce you to the most important technology resources available to you as a Penn State student. Below you will also find a list of information technology-related tasks to complete. If you have questions regarding the steps below, please call our Service Desk at 724-334-6081.

Before NSO Day 1

Activate your Penn State Access Account

A Penn State Access Account is your digital identity. You will be assigned a unique username of three letters paired with a series of digits (for example, xyz5002). Information on activating your Penn State Access Account will be sent to your personal e-mail address in another e-mail. You may have received this e-mail already. Please complete this process before coming to NSO as this will allow you to schedule your courses without delay. If you have trouble activating your Access Account, contact the Accounts Office at 814-865-4772.

Check your PSU e-mail Daily

Once your Access Account is activated, the University will send all important information to your Penn State e-mail address. To ensure your success as a Penn State student, it is absolutely essential that you check your PSU e-mail address on a daily basis. You can check your PSU e-mail at

Be prepared to get your PSU ID+ card at NSO

The PSU ID+ card is Penn State's official identification card that enables you to gain access to numerous University resources. In order to receive your PSU ID+ card, you must bring a valid form of Identification (valid driver's license, passport, state-issued photo ID, military ID, government-issued photo ID, high school photo ID with a Social Security Card, college ID with a Social Security Card, or a Permanent Resident Card) with you to NSO. More information on the PSU ID+ card can be found at the lion cash website.

Complete a survey to confirm your completion of the steps above

You will receive a separate e-mail containing a survey from the Penn State New Kensington IT Services Department. You must complete this survey as soon as possible as it will indicate that you have completed the steps in the pre-NSO technology introduction.

Steps which can be completed anytime

Watch the “Tech Check Presentation” Video

The “Tech Check Presentation” video is your introduction and overview of the technology resources available to you as a Penn State Student. This video is available at:

Watch the “E-mail Security Awareness” Video

You will want to learn about your PSU e-mail address and how to keep it secure. Keep in mind your PSU e-mail address will be a frequent target for phishing scams. The goal of a phishing scam is to steal your valuable personal data, such as credit card numbers, passwords, account data, and other information. Be sure to read about your PSU e-mail and also watch the video regarding phishing scams and how to avoid them at:

Get familiar with the Penn State New Kensington Information Technology Services Website

The Penn State New Kensington Information Technology Services website can be found at