New Student Toolkit

We want to make sure you're set up for success before you make the move to PAFA. Once enrolled, you should review the information throughout this page, to prepare yourself for the start of the first semester. The resources outlined, are important logistical considerations all PAFA students must be ready for and aware of.

What's on this page: 

  • Email Account Access (G-Suite)
  • Student Life Insurance
  • Academic Accommodations

Email Account Access

Once enrolled students will be assigned an email address for Google Suites:

  • Gmail will be the main form of communication for students 
  • Your account will consist of: Last name and first two initials, sometimes followed by a number e.g. Jane Smith-
  • Your password is automatically generated, feel free to change it to something you'll remember 
    • If you forget your password or have questions regarding your account, contact our Director of  IT, Kevin Martin to unlock your account: 

Your PAFA email address allows students access to: 

  • Google Suite- Access to Google apps including Hangouts, Drive, and Calendar to connect with people in the PAFA community 
  • Canvas-  Academic course management system; which allows students to access online content and electronic reserves for classes 
  • Student Portal- Securely view and pay your bill, access important academic information including grades, attendance, schedule, announcements, billing statements, transcripts, report cards, etc. 
  • Digital Computer Lab- All students must sign-in before using a PAFA desktop 

Check your personal and PAFA email account frequently before you arrive. Important 'New Student' information will be communicated throughout the summer; reminders, announcements, surveys and more for student onboarding.

Student Health Insurance

All PAFA students are required to have health insurance. Students who already have comparable insurance coverage may be eligible to waive enrollment in the PAFA Student Health Insurance Plan. To enroll, submit a waiver, or get more information about the coverage including costs, benefits, exclusions, reductions, limitations, and terms, visit

Click below for a shortcut to downloading the comprehensive guide (pdf), of student health services offered.


Academic Accommodations

PAFA is committed to assuring equal educational opportunity and full participation for all students. Disclosure of a disability is voluntary, and a student’s responsibility. A student with a documented disability may be eligible to receive assistance through Student Services. Eligibility for reasonable accommodations is determined on a case-by-case basis after comprehensive documentation is reviewed. 

For details regarding academic support— what may qualify as an accommodation and how to submit requests or documentation, visit the Advising & Academic Support link below or the following resources: 


Important Contacts For First Year Students

Contact Us

Student Services at PAFA is fully committed to assisting students with their needs and questions.

Telephone: (215) 972-2199

Student Services:

Graduate Student Services:

Registrar's Office:

Career Services:

Housing & Residential Life:

Health & Wellness: