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Student Online Campus Storage

Philadelphia University students are given access to two resources where they can store documents digitally. Athena/Home Directory and Lightning. These two resources are described below.

Remember to always keep a Backup of all important files for safe keeping.


Home Directory (Athena)

Students at Philadelphia University can save documents to their Athena/Home Directory. Students are allotted 1GB of storage in this folder. Any information not saved to your Athena/Home Directory on campus will be deleted permanently when students log off the computer. Please save everything to the Athena/Home Directory before logging off. 

Access Athena from Campus Lab Computers

Access Athena On-Campus with a Personal Computer

Access Athena from Off-Campus


(Note: Requests for increases in storage space must be sent to the Technology Help Desk from a professor)


Lightning (Academic Folders):

Lightning contains folders for all course sections offered each semester. Lightning course folders are typically used to share files for projects or submit files for class. Students have access only to folders for the courses in which they are enrolled. Faculty have access only to folders for the courses they teach. For a more detailed description of how to access Lightning, click on the link below.

Access Lightning from Campus Lab Computers

Access Lightning On-Campus with a Personal Computer

Access Lightning from Off-Campus



Skydrive is a virtual storage cloud that comes with students' Outlook Live Email account. This lets students store photos and docs online. Access them from any PC, Mac or phone. Create and work together on Word, Excel or PowerPoint documents. To log in use Yourusername/Password combination and sign on at "https://skydrive.live.com/"

Students' drives are limited to 7GB of storage. More information about Skydrive can be found by Clicking Here



For further assistance, please contact the Technology Help Desk at 215-951-4648 or by Email at HelpDesk@PhilaU.edu