There are several different types of accounts that are available for accessing the University's resources.  These include:

Access Accounts

An Access Account consists of a user ID and password that enables you to use the public labs as well as the full range of network-based services on and off campus.  This account also allows you to access other administrative and academic resources provided by the University, such as LionPath, CollegeNet, Canvas, ESSIC, tutorials, and many more.

When you receive this account, be sure to change your password and create your security questions.


Students typically retrieve their Access Account prior to their arrival for New Student Orientation (NSO).  If you are an incoming freshman student, you will receive an email from the Identity Services Office at University Park.  This email will instruct you to visit a web site so that you can create your password and select your security questions.   

Faculty and Staff

The Accounts department at U.P. has changed the procedure for obtaining an Access Account. A paper application form can no longer be submitted via email and sent to Behrend ITS for processing.  

Refer to Obtain an Access Account (login) for more details regarding the steps that are now required to obtain an Access Account for a new employee.

P Accounts/P Drive

All incoming students receive local network storage space.  This storage space is referred to as the personal "P" account or "P" Drive and it remains active for one year after graduation.

Students registered for a fall semester automatically receive this account.  Every attempt is made to establish "P" accounts for those students who attend Behrend for the first time during a spring semester or summer session.  Occasionally, for example, if someone registers late, then the student needs to request that their account be generated.  To request an account, visit the Service Desk in Hammermill 135.  

See P Drive (login) to learn more about this type of account.

Friends of Penn State (FOPS or FPS)

A Friends of Penn State account is for those who are not directly affiliated with the University.  This limited account allows you to access certain web-based applications and services.  For example, a FPS account allows someone to apply online for undergraduate or graduate admissions.  For more information or to apply, visit Friends of Penn State.

Slim Accounts

A Slim Account is similar to an Access Account, but is configured with the minimum access that is needed for a particular situation.  These accounts are typically requested by a school or department.  

A Sponsored Slim Account is a special type of Access Account for someone who is not a PSU student or employee.  This account must be sponsored by a Penn State department or school for the designated individual; to create this account, refer to the instructions for Sponsored Slim Accounts (login).

Signature Stations

Signature Stations, previously used to activate Access Accounts for faculty and staff, will be decommissioned University-wide on September 5, 2017. They will be replaced by an electronic account activation process.

In the past, signature stations were the preferred method for acquiring the physical signature needed to activate a Penn State Access Account. However, the process has now been streamlined to enable departments to request an Access Account using an online application form. For more details and instructions, please refer to Obtaining an Access Account (login).

After completion of the online application form, new users will be sent their unique user ID and an account activation link to their designated personal email address that will allow them to activate their Access Account electronically. The user ID of the person who submitted the request is the authorized “signature,” so there is no need for the new user to visit a signature station or sign a paper form. Once activated, a confirmation email will be sent to the new users’ personal email address. 

Users who need to reset an expired or forgotten Access Account password can go online to the Password Management site if they have set security questions to re-establish their password automatically.

This new online request process for new faculty and staff will remain in effect until it’s migrated to and automated through WorkLion later this year. However, departments will continue to use the online request process for their sponsored accounts.

For more information about Penn State Access Accounts, visit the Access Accounts web site and Electronic Account Activation.