Access Account

Your Access Account is your University-wide computer account.  Activating your Access Account allows you to:

A screenshot of the WebAccess login screen that shows where you would enter your Access Account credentials

Access Accounts are used to gain access to University computers and more than 2300+ protected websites at Penn State.

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  • Log on to classroom and laboratory computers at Penn State New Kensington
  • Access your Penn State E-mail account (Your e-mail address is [email protected]. More about E-mail.)
  • Access your Penn State Access Account Storage Space (PASS)
  • Access CANVAS, Penn State's course management system.
  • Access eLion to register for courses, manage your financial aid, and more.

To Activate Your Account

There are multiple ways by which a Penn State Access Account can be activated. Visit Penn State's Access Account Activation website to learn more. If you have any questions about activating your account, please visit the Access Account support page.

Your Access Account Password

Your password must be changed at least once a year but every few months is recommended. Change/manage your password at

Sponsored Access Account

Sponsored Access Accounts are accounts sponsored by a department to any designated individual. A Full or Slim version is available for users receiving the access to services.

Full Access Accounts provide

  • User ID
  • E-mail Services
  • 500 MB of electronic storage space (PASS)
  • Printing privileges
  • Personal web space
  • Listing in Penn State Directory Services

Slim Access Accounts provide

  • User ID
  • Listing in Penn State Directory Services

The account may be active for up to one year, at which point they may be renewed. There is no limit to the amount of times an account can be renewed. 

Create a Sponsored Access Account

  1. Departments requesting a Sponsored Access Account must work with the Business Office to obtain users PSU ID Number and complete the background check process.
  2. Once the background check process is complete, the requesting department will need to submit a completed Access Account form (.pdf) to the Penn State New Kensington Help Desk. Please bring a physical copy of the completed form to the Help Desk. A Help Desk consultant will log the request and forward the Access Account form to the NK Charge Account supervisor for processing.
  3. Once the request is logged, NKITS will verify the background check has been completed. Upon confirmation, the Access Account form will be sent to the University Park Accounts Office for processing.
  4. Once NKITS receives confirmation from University Park, the account is ready to use. NKITS will update the ticket to let the requesting department know the Access Account is ready.

Delete a Sponsored Access Account

  1. When a department with a existing Sponsored Access Account user is done, the department must submit a Service Desk Request to have the Sponsored Access Account removed.