Optimize Your Personal Computer for School
Follow these tips to securely access Penn State resources, create and save files for your courses, and know what to expect for your access to Penn State systems after leaving the University.
Get to Know Penn State's Online Resources and Systems
Check Your Penn State Email Regularly
It is important to check your Penn State email regularly as essential communications from Penn State will be sent through that account. You can access your Penn State email anywhere online using the Outlook application in Office 365. You will use your Penn State Access Account to log in to Outlook.
If you do not plan to check your Penn State email regularly, you can set it up to forward messages to your personal email account.
Because the Penn State Directory is publicly accessible, you may receive spam and phishing emails. Suspected phishing emails should be forwarded to [email protected]. Remember: Penn State will never ask you for your Access Account password. Learn more about how to identify phishing attempts and protect yourself.
Find Free Software Training
Several resources are available to help you learn the technology you need to complete course assignments. Visit our Technology Trainings page to learn more.
Be Ready to Access Content Outside of Canvas
Some of our courses use additional content provided via a publisher-provided website that requires a code to access. This code is usually provided in a new textbook sold by our provider, Barnes and Noble College (BNC), or it may need to be purchased separately. Please review your course syllabus carefully for required course materials before ordering.