UNIX Computing Accounts for Faculty and Staff (BCF)

Faculty and staff that need to use USC UNIX resources may do so using their Basic Computing Facility (BCF) accounts. Located at mizar.usc.edu, this server acts as a time-sharing host for all non-Health Sciences faculty/staff accounts.

Health Sciences campus faculty and staff receive UNIX accounts on the Health Sciences Computing Facility (HSC). See itservices.usc.edu/hsc for more information on HSC accounts.

Faculty and staff that require access to additional computing resources for research purposes may apply for accounts on USC’s high-performance computing cluster. For more information, see itservices.usc.edu/hpc.


  • 1 gigabyte (GB) of file storage
  • Access to USC UNIX resources
  • Personal web publishing


All USC faculty and staff that are not located at the Health Sciences campus are eligible for BCF accounts.

Getting Started

If you have already activated your USC NetID account, your BCF account should be activated. If you have not already activated your account, go to the USC NetID Account Services website.

Learn More

For information on how to use your BCF account for UNIX computing, see itservices.usc.edu/unix.


To get help with your BCF account, contact the ITS Customer Support Center.


This is a free service.