Penn Electronic Systems Set-Up

The following information is intended primarily for students who are new to the Penn community, but some continuing students may also find the information to be useful. We have listed the items below in the order in which they should be carried out. Please note that not all items apply to all programs – please check your program-specific student handbook for instructions and information that applies to your program.



To receive your student authentication ID, called a PennKey, you must activate it first by visiting Once you have completed this step, your PennKey and password will be mailed to your home address within ten to twelve business days. If you need your PennKey immediately, or if the code does not work, please visit the PennKeyCenter in the Registrar’s Office in the FranklinBuilding, 3451 Walnut Street or you may visit their web site at

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Penn E-mail

The School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) provides an e-mail account for each LPS student free of charge. Students are required to establish and use a Penn e-mail account. Instructions on how to create a SAS e-mail account are available from SAS Webmail at Within 24 hours after you establish your Penn/SAS e-mail account, you may view and send e-mail from any computer connected to the Internet via Webmail. If you do not have one, please create a Penn e-mail account.

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Penn InTouch

Penn InTouch (PIT) is an extremely useful student resource providing secure online access to course registration, class schedules, transcripts, billing, financial aid information, address correction, and more. A PennKey is required to access Penn InTouch.

Penn LPS Guide to Registering for Courses

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The PennCard is the official University of Pennsylvania identification card for students, faculty, and staff. A valid PennCard is required to access many University facilities and services. Your PennCard will display your 8-digit Penn ID Number, which should be used in place of a Social Security Number if possible. You must be officially enrolled in a course before you will be issued a PennCard, which should be carried whenever you are on campus.

To obtain a PennCard, bring a valid form of photo ID (driver's license, passport, etc.) to the PennCard Center:

Second Floor of Penn Bookstore
3601 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3895

Phone: 215-417-CARD

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Contact Us

3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

Telephone: 215.898.7326
Fax: 215.573.2053
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