The library provides help with obtaining, setting up, and using your
USC computer account. Answers to frequently asked questions about computer
accounts are provided below.
Why do I need a USC computer account?
A USC computer account gives you access to eResources
licensed specifically for USC users, in addition to email and other USC electronic services.
Other accounts are available for special purposes such as for departmental
or organizational email, maintaining a site on the USCweb server, and
specialized web data maintainer services. Separate application
forms are required for these accounts.
Who can get a USC computer account?
All USC students, faculty, and staff are issued a USC computer account.
Voluntary faculty, residents, fellows, and visiting scholars are eligible
for accounts. Employees of Doheny Eye
Institute and LAC+USC Medical Center may be eligible if they work for a USC department. Visiting
students are eligible if they are at USC for more than three months.
Accounts are to be used for clinical, educational, or research efforts
How do I get an account?
Accounts are automatically created for registered students and USC
paid employees and are maintained as long as you are registered or employed.
Others eligible for accounts must complete a Computer
Account Application and submit it in person to the Technology Support Center Monday through Friday, between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. Applications
also can be submitted at the Wilson Dental Library and the Children's
Hospital Los Angeles Library.
USC faculty, staff, or students with high performance computing needs
may apply for a research computer account by applying online at USC Center for High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC) webpage. These accounts are intended for the development of long-running
programs or simulations, analysis of large data sets using statistical
software, or extensive graphical and numerical analysis.
How long does it take to get an account?
Your account will be ready 5-10 days after you submit the application.
Entering students receive their accounts at the beginning of the semester,
and new employees wait approximately one week after inclusion in the
USC payroll system.
I’m sure I’m putting in my correct
username and password, but I’m not able to get into my account.
What should I do?
Remember that your username is not your entire email address, so make
sure you're not including the @usc.edu when asked to login. Also remember
that your password must contain 7 to 8 characters, of which at least
one is upper case, one lower case, and one a number. Make sure the Caps
Lock key is not on. Try another computer if possible. If it still doesn't
work, call the Technology Support Center at (323) 442-1968.
What if I forget my computer account password?
For security reasons, you'll need to have your password reset in person
at the Norris Library Technology Support Center, the Wilson Dental Library,
or the Children's Hospital Los Angeles Library. Be sure to bring along
The USC Information Technology Services Key
Topics page is also an excellent resource for information on computing,
networking and data storage at USC.
For additional help, contact the library at (323) 442-1968 or firstname.lastname@example.org.