USC’s Information Technology Services (ITS) provides a variety of services to support students in their learning, research, and other activities. This page will give you an overview of these services.
For a quick, portable overview of student computing services, download the USC Student Computing Guide [PDF].
- Activating Your Account
- Antivirus and Computing Security
- Connecting to the The USC Network
- Documentation, Announcements, and Alerts
- Email and Google Apps
- Getting Help
- Illegal File Sharing
- Microsoft Office
- USC Computing Centers
Activating Your Account
Before activating your USC NetID account, you must be registered for classes or have paid your tuition deposit and certified that you will be attending USC. You also must agree to observe the university’s computing policies, which are available at policy.usc.edu.
USC expects members of its community to familiarize themselves with copyright laws as they pertain to the educational environment. You can find a copy of the annual copyright compliance letter that is sent to all students at cio.usc.edu/copyright/letter, along with links to other important information about illegal file sharing.
When you are ready to activate your USC NetID account, go to the USC NetID Account Services website.
Username and Password
ITS assigns all users a unique username based on their name. It is important that you create a secure password for your USC account. Please see the About Your USC Password page for information on creating a secure password.
To protect your computing account and the university computer system, ITS recommends that you visit the USC NetID Account Services website to change your password every year.
Email and Google Apps
As a USC student, you receive a special Gmail account that allows you to use your @usc.edu email address. This account gives you unlimited online storage space and provides access to Google’s online word processing and spreadsheet programs, sharable calendars, and more. See itservices.usc.edu/google for more information on Google Apps at USC.
Connecting to the USC Network
You can connect to the USC network wirelessly or through ResNet.
Go to the Computer Registration page to learn about registering your personal computer or mobile device for the USC network.
USC provides two wireless networks, an encrypted, high-speed network for USC account holders, along with an open wireless network for guests. For information about connecting to the wireless networks, see itservices.usc.edu/wireless.
All the rooms in USC residence halls are connected to ResNet, a high-speed wired computer network. More information can be found at itservices.usc.edu/resnet.
Antivirus and Computing Security
All USC students, faculty, and staff should visit software.usc.edu to download free antivirus software for their computing devices.
Blackboard (blackboard.usc.edu) is the online learning management system used by USC instructors to provide you with digital copies of syllabi, course notes, handouts, media files, website links, and hosted discussion forums.
Blackboard allows you to upload assignments, take quizzes, communicate with classmates, and track your grades and progress in your classes. A mobile version of Blackboard, Blackboard Mobile Learn, is also available to provide USC instructors and students access to their Blackboard course information directly from their smartphones and tablets.
As a current USC student, you may download up to five copies of the latest version of Microsoft Office for use on your personal computing equipment, including desktop or laptop computers, and up to five copies on your iPhone, iPad, and Android and Windows mobile devices. For information on how to download this software, visit itservices.usc.edu/officestudents.
MyUSC, the university’s portal, is available at http://my.usc.edu. It provides personalized and customizable gateway pages via USC’s single-sign-on system, which lets you use your USC NetID credentials to access multiple university services.
As a USC student, you receive free access to lynda.com, an online training provider offering more than 2,380 courses on a broad range of computing and technology topics, including Google Apps, Blackboard, Adobe products, Microsoft Office, web design and development, audio/video production, computer programming, and mobile devices. For access, visit itservices.usc.edu/lynda.
USC Computing Centers
Stop by one of USC’s computing centers for access to technology-enhanced collaborative spaces, computers, wireless networking, and wireless printing. Centers are located at Waite Phillips Hall of Education (WPH B34), King Olympic Hall (KOH 206), and the Ahmanson Information Commons at Leavey Library (LVL Lower Level). Laptop loans are available to registered students.
Visit itservices.usc.edu/spaces/computingcenters for details.
Documentation, Announcements, and Alerts
You can find computing alerts and announcements on the ITS homepage at itservices.usc.edu. The ITS website also contains documentation on connecting to the USC network and using supported software programs.
Illegal File Sharing
ITS provides a variety of resources to help students understand copyright issues related to digital media and file-sharing technologies, along with the risks of illegal file sharing.
See cio.usc.edu/policies/copyright for more information.