There are multiple ways by which a Penn State Access Account can be activated:
Electronic Account Activation
Electronic Account Activation is a process by which a user is sent an activation notification to an external email address (a non-Penn State email address that is on file at Penn State). The process is completed electronically.
Identity Provisioning is a web application that allows users to create and activate a new Access Account or re-activate a previously created Access Account. An example is the Penn State Graduate School.