LIONPATH: A Complete Guide to Visit on Penn State Lion Path Portal


Lion Path is Penn State University’s student information system. Using Lion path PSU, you can accept your Financial Aid, enroll in classes, pay your bill, access your transcript, and you will get many more than these.

How To Log Into The Platform Of Lion Path?

To access the PSU Lion Path student have to follow the given Login process:

  1. Navigate to
  2. Click the yellow button for “Students, Faculty, and Staff Login”.
  3. Enter your Penn State User ID ([email protected]).
  4. Enter your password.
  5. Click on the yellow “Log In” button to access your account.

Good support is our key to Lion Path’s success strategy and is also a part of the Team’s ongoing responsibility. We are partnering with the many functional offices that comprise the extended Lion Path network, because there are many of you and only a few of us on the Lion Path team, we will direct you to the appropriate functional office or to Service Now–Penn State’s online ticketing system to submit a service request.

Download The Lion Path App

The Lion PATH mobile app is now available for students to download from Google Play Store for Android and the Apple App Store for iOS. The app is secure and requires all students to log in using their Penn State Access Account that was at the time of new admission.

With the lionpath mobile app, you can able to access the following parameters:

  • View PSU class schedule: quickly check the location and time of their daily schedule.
  • Access a campus map to find the location of their next class: find where all classes are located on campus at a glance.
  • Add or drop a class: add or drop a class using their smartphone.
  • The view holds and to-do list items: determine what items need action by accessing “Holds” and “To Do”
  • View pending financial aid– view current and future financial aid
  • Access tuition charges, payments, and bill due date—You can easily determine account balance, tuition bill charges, and bill due date.

The app also gives you access to the following important features of The Pennsylvania State University.

  • PSU Canvas
  • PSU Email
  • Maps
  • Lion Cash+

How Do I Reset My lionpath login Password?

Whenever, if you forgot your lionpath login password, then go to Enter your all account information to change your password.

What Is My PSU ID Number?

Your PSU student ID number is included in all letters you receive from Penn State’s Undergraduate Admissions Office. Visit your My Penn State account to view your offer of admission and find your ID number. Your nine-digit Penn State ID number begins with a nine [9].

What Is My Penn status?

My Penn State is a collection of online services provided by the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Your (students) Penn State will allow you to apply to Penn State, Check your application status updates, View upcoming visits and events, Accept your offer, and much more you will get on this My Penn State Platform.

Lion Path Assigns Major Preferences Requirement For Students:

Beginning with Spring Season- 2022 New Course Registration, Penn State Pre-Major Undergraduate students will now be required to complete the new Major Preferences Student Activity Guide (MPSAG) to enroll in courses in Lion Path each semester. The purpose of the MPSAG is to record pre-major students’ preferred major(s) each semester, data which will help academic departments gauge interest in their degree programs and help with possible course forecasting which determines the demand for and resources needed for future course enrollment).

The Spring 2022 MPSAG will be rolled out to pre-major undergraduate students as a Lion Path “To-Do List” task in mid-September at the same time the Pre-Registration Activity Guide is assigned in Lion Path. As with the Pre-Registration Activity Guide, students will receive an email notification that a new task (completing their Major Preferences Student Activity Guide or MPSAG) has been assigned and needs to be completed prior to enrolling in classes.

For all future semesters, the MPSAG will be an additional required pre-registration activity alongside the Pre-Registration Activity Guide. Though students and academic advisers will be able to update major preferences at any time through the degree planning and progress navigation in Lion Path, the only way for a student to clear their registration hold will be to complete the MPSAG. Any student in pre-major status must complete the MPSAG in order to register for classes when the task is assigned to them in Lion Path.

The launch of the MPSAG marks the final phase of the Major Preferences tool implementation in Lion Path.  In collaboration with academic advising leadership, the Lion Paths Development and Maintenance Organization (LDMO) introduced the Major Preferences tool last spring to help students and advisers track a student’s majors of interest over time.

Here are some key points for pre-major, undergraduate students:

Help Doc is available on the Student Help page of the Lion Path Support site, in the Getting Started with Lion Path section (Completing the Major Preferences Activity Guide).

If a student encounters an issue when completing the MPSAG, it is recommended the student clear their browser and cache history from all times, close all browser windows and then try again.

Depending on timing, the MPSAG may still appear on a student’s To Do List even if they have recently declared a major. Such students must still complete the MPSAG in order to clear the hold.

Questions regarding this update or any issues should be submitted through a service request via the Lion Path Support Site.

Completing the Major Preferences Activity Guide

Prior to each semester’s enrollment as an undergraduate student in a pre-major, you will receive an email notification that a new task, Major Preferences Activity Guide, has been assigned to your To Do List. The guide contains the View My Major Preferences tool which collects information about your current major(s) of interest. Complete the activity guide to remove the task from your To Do List.

Navigating to the Major Preferences Activity Guide:

The Major Preferences Activity Guide can be accessed using the direct link in the body of the email or through Lion Path.

  1. To access the activity guide, click on the number to the left of the To-Do List.
  2. To complete an item, select the desired row on the To-Do List table.

How to submit a change of major request:

If you want to change from one college to another or from one major to another, or from the Division of Undergraduate Studies to a college, you can do so by following the steps below.

  1. In the Penn State Lion Path Student Center, submit a Change of Major request using “Update Academics.”
  2. Select “Update Academics” from the “other academic” dropdown menu.
  3. View the Video Tutorial on Using Update Academics (Changes to Majors, Minors, and Certificates).
  4. Download the Tutorial in Microsoft Word on Using Update Academics (Changes to Majors, Minors, and Certificates).
  5. In-person, request the Change of Major Form and submit it to the current college dean for review.

As soon as a change of major has the new college dean’s approval, the administrative and advising responsibility for the student is transferred to the new college/major. The new dean notifies the current dean and the student of the outcome.

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INTEGRITY: We act with integrity and honesty in accordance with the highest academic, professional, and ethical standards.

RESPECT: We respect and honor the dignity of each person, embrace civil discourse, and foster a diverse and inclusive community.

RESPONSIBILITY: We act responsibly, and we are accountable for our decisions, actions, and consequences.

DISCOVERY: We seek and create new knowledge and understanding, and foster creativity and innovation, for the benefit of our communities, society, and the environment also.

EXCELLENCE: We strive for excellence in all our endeavors as individuals, an institution, and a leader in the field of higher education.

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Ethical Culture Initiatives Penn State Values And Culture Survey

ECI (Ethical Culture Initiatives) Research, a division of the independent nonprofit organization known as the Ethics and Compliance Initiative (ECI), conducted a confidential survey in October 2017 on behalf of The Pennsylvania State University.

All students, faculty members, staff, administrators, technical service employees, and postdoctoral scholars/fellows were invited to participate. Full data tables reflecting all responses are also available, along with a summary of the survey methodology. All data are presented in a manner to ensure the anonymity of participants.

This survey also helped us to understand the culture of the University in a better way and also the values of the Penn State community.

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At Penn State, we have made a commitment to the highest standard of ethical behavior among all in our community. As a part of that commitment, we believe that our employees and students should be able to raise questions or voice concerns about workplace and University issues. This includes financial matters such as fraud, theft of University assets, or conflicts of interest; and other misconduct or violations of University policy, including research compliance matters, discrimination, athletics-compliance issues, or sexual misconduct.

Individuals can report issues and/or ask questions via phone at 1-800-560-1637 or online.

All reports can be anonymous so you can help maintain an ethical workplace and University without fear of retaliation. We have made a commitment to ethical behavior and are asking you to do the same. If you witness questionable activity in the workplace, report it.

  • All reports to the hotline can be anonymous.
  • An independent third party, Ethics Point, administers the hotline on behalf of Penn State.
  • The operators answering the calls are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are trained in making callers feel at ease and gathering information that will enable the University to fully investigate the issues raised.
  • The hotline system allows an individual to follow up, either by telephone or on the Internet, to obtain status updates. They can be accessed by using passwords related to the specific complaint.
  • When something is reported regarding this then it must be forwarded to our office where the concerns are investigated or sent on to another appropriate Penn State department for investigation.

Some Frequently asked questions:

What is Lion Path?

Lion Path is Penn State’s student information system, which provides access to academic, registration, and financial records.

How can I use to drop a class on Lion Path?

In the Lion Path Student Center, click the “Enroll” link under Academics, and then choose the “Drop sub-tab” to drop a course. In-person using a Registration Drop/Add Form. Submit the form to the department offering the course or the Registrar’s office.

How can I able to find my GPA on the Lion path?

Log in to Lion Path PSU. Select the “Student Navigator” menu option. Under “Degree Planning and Progress,” select “GPA Calculator” Enter the appropriate credit and grade information.

What is the way to find/check my final grades in the lion path online portal?

Go to where it says “other academics” and click the arrow. Select “Grades” from the drop-down menu and then hit the double arrow aside from the box. Select the semester of grades that you are trying to view, and then hit Continue.


LionPath is the Pennsylvania State University’s web portal that many students and faculty use every day. Lion Path was newly implemented in the fall of 2016, and it has been controversial due to the allegedly inconvenient interface and low usability. According to the director of Lion Path, LionPath’s code base is actually from the 1990s. Since its creation, there were not many changes and updates have been made to it.

He also mentioned that other Big Ten school has not been having problems with their portals, even though they use the same system as Penn State does (Budges, Personal communication, September 21st, 2016). We ran a simple survey to study the students’ opinions on LionPath. On a scale from 0 to 10 of their satisfaction level with ten being the highest, the average score LionPath got from the survey was ‘3.44’, and 44% of students said that they want to have Elion back, the previous web portal system that Penn State used, or a portal similar to Elion, and 46% responded that they want LionPath to be easier and less confusing to use.We ran a perception lab and task analysis lab to evaluate LionPath’s usability.

We found Out that LionPath has very low usability due to lacking effective visual effects on the user interface and the existence of obsolete and useless steps when navigating tasks. With the results we learned from two experiments, we proposed suggestions that will increase the usability of LionPath by improving the user interface and removing unnecessary steps. If any further suggestions will arise then we will welcome them in good ways.

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