Computing Account Types

Basic email accounts are created automatically for all members of the university community. Student accounts are available to all students registered for the current semester. Faculty and staff accounts are available to all faculty and staff members of USC. Faculty, staff, and students can activate their accounts from the account activation site located at

If you need an account to work on projects requiring high performance computing, a research account may be obtained by contacting your department’s authorized signer. Authorized signers are appointed by the dean or director of a school or department to authorize computer accounts. Recognized organizations at USC may also request accounts.

The Computing Accounts Administration office provides information and services for the creation, management and maintenance of all Unix accounts. If you have any questions, you can contact them by calling the ITS Customer Support Center at 213-740-5555, or by sending an email to . SANDS (Storage Application and Networked Data Services) inquiries can be directed to

Available Accounts