A PennKey is a University of Pennsylvania username used for online authentication. This article provides an overview of PennKeys, including the services they govern and how to obtain or reactivate your PennKey.
Before You Start
You will need the following before you can complete this task:
- Access to a standard internet browser
- Students: To create a PennKey, you must have received an email from the University containing a setup code. If not, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Faculty / Staff: Work with your hiring contact to obtain the appropriate PennKey setup instructions.
- Alumni: Contact the Alumni PennKey team to help you set one up, or reset your password: email@example.com.
Note: All Penn-affiliated users must have a PennKey to log in to Penn Canvas. This is a University of Pennsylvania policy, one for which we can't offer exceptions.
Creating a New PennKey
Your PennKey is the username you use to access many of Wharton and Penn's networked systems and services. You will want to begin this process well before access will be needed; we recommend at least a week. Depending on whether you are a student, faculty, staff, alumnus, or guest, the process will vary a bit.
We strongly recommend that once you obtain your PennKey you enroll in the Self-Service Password Reset service (also known as SSPR). This will allow you to reset your PennKey password online if you forget it. If you do not enroll in SSPR, it will make resetting a lost password far more difficult.
Access and Privileges
Curious about what services your PennKey allows you to use?
Understanding Your Accounts
The University has many online services -- you may find you have more than one account and wonder what each one does.
New PennKeys will automatically work on Canvas for users already enrolled (or the instructor of record) in a course where Canvas has been requested. Teaching teams may contact Courseware to arrange access for TAs, auditors, and other users.
If you're unable to login to Canvas 24 hours after creating your PennKey, please contact the Courseware Team and provide them with the following information:
- First & Last Name
- Email Address
- PennKey Username
NEVER send passwords via email. Wharton Computing will never request that you reveal your password.
If you previously had a PennKey (eg, you're an alum), and you need it reactivated to gain access to a Canvas site, please see the table of contacts below.
|Resetting or testing a known PennKey
|Activating PennKeys for Canvas
|Faculty and Staff