Checklist for Students Admitted to the Remote Sensing Program

1. Graduate School Acceptance

You should have received an official acceptance notification to Penn State from the Graduate School along with your 9-digit ID. If for some reason it did not arrive, please visit the website where you can check the status of your application.

2. World Campus Enrollment and Registration

Register Online Using LionPATH (if you have never taken a class with us, you won't be able to use LionPATH the first time you register):

  1. Go to LionPATH. (link is external)
  2. Under Login, click Students. Click New LionPATH.
  3. Click Schedule > Registration.
  4. Choose the term for which you want to register.
  5. Enter the schedule number for the course you want (there is a link that takes you to the schedule of courses so that you can get the correct course number). Click Continue.
  6. Choose "I plan to enroll for fewer than 12 credits." Click Continue.
  7. You will get a confirmation message. You can email the schedule to yourself. The semester bill will be generated and sent to you at a later time.

3. Penn State Access Account

If this will be your first course with Penn State, you will also need to submit an Access Account Acceptance Statement with your registration form to complete your registration. The form is located at

The Penn State Access Account provides you with a unique identification code userID and password combination that will enable you to connect to Penn State computer systems and online courses. Your Penn State Access Account will be good for one year. We rely primarily on your Penn State email account (e.g., "") to keep in touch with you. After your Penn State Access Account is activated, you can set it to forward messages to your preferred email server at You may miss important messages if you fail to complete this step.

4. Financial Aid

GeoInt Certificate students: Certificate programs are not eligible for federal aid, including Federal Direct Student loans. You may wish to consider payment plan options or a private alternative loan. For more information, please contact a Distance Education adviser at 800-252-3592 or visit this URL:

Homeland Security – Geospatial Intelligence Option (Master of Professional Studies) students: The World Campus provides information on the options available to help you pay for your education. Full-time and part-time degree-seeking students are eligible for federal student aid. For more information visit:

5. Scholarships

There are several scholarship opportunities available for World Campus students. For more information visit:

6. Military Education Benefits

Penn State World Campus honors the Montgomery GI Bill, Post-9/11 GI Bill, and Penn State is a Yellow Ribbon Program participant. We also accept several types of military tuition assistance benefits, including the Top-Up Program. For more information visit:

G.I. Bill note: Once you have applied for your G.I. Bill benefits, it may take a regional VA Office up to 30-45 days for them to mail you a Certificate of Eligibility, which will detail the benefits that you are entitled to, based on your application for benefits (

7. GIS Software

We will provide you with the required software (ArcInfo 10.x and Extensions Education Edition) free of charge during the term you are enrolled in the first course, (GEOG 482 or GEOG 882). This copy of the software will cease working one year from the date you install it.

If you are still taking courses with Penn State when your one-year license runs out or you never enrolled in GEOG 482 or GEOG 882, you can request a free copy of the software through our order form at Be sure to confirm that the address we have on file is correct before submitting your order. For more information please visit the FAQ.


Contact the program at (link sends e-mail).