Begin accessing Penn State student resources

After accepting your offer, the next steps you will need to take include the following:

  • Obtain a Penn State id+ Card.
    • Your +id Card can be acquired from any Penn State campus. You can acquire the card at any time prior to your arrival, or you can secure it when you arrive on campus.
  • Activate your Penn State Access Account.
    • Your Access Account is your Penn State digital identity. You can also activate this account at any campus.
  • Set-up your Penn State email.
    • Penn State communicates official information via email. It is critical that you check your Penn State email frequently. Official communication from the University is only sent to your @psu.edu email account.
  • Explore LionPath.
    • LionPath is Penn State’s web-based service for students, advisers, faculty, and parents. LionPath handles a number of important functions, like scheduling classes, paying tuition, reviewing your degree audit, and so much more. Until you activate your Access Account, you will have limited access to eLion.
  • Research your parking options.
    • Contact your campus of admission for parking permit information. If you will be attending University Park, you can contact the parking office.

Tuition Advisory

Please be advised that a student’s tuition will increase when the Penn State transcript reflects 59.1 cumulative credits. Credits earned from sources such as Military Credit and tests, like AP or IB exams, are considered transfer credits and are included in the cumulative credit total. If the credits you are transferring or have transferred to Penn State place you above 59.1 cumulative credits after the start of the semester, your tuition will increase immediately. You will receive a bill for the additional tuition on the first day of the following month. For more information, visit the Office of the Bursar's website.