Before You Arrive

To facilitate the process of getting new faculty settled in advance of their arrival, the university created a special status to provide new faculty with early access to many university services, including wireless accounts, principal investigator set up, libraries collections, benefits selection, and classroom setup.

For all Faculty:

Early Access (eAccess)

Acquire Your USC Username and Gain Access to University Systems:

  • Return your signed offer letter to your school or department administrator and complete an eAccess Authorization Form.
  • You can be set up as early as 7 months before your start date.
  • Upon completion of your early set-up, you will be contacted by your school and notified to complete a “first log in” to get your USC username and 10-digit ID prior to your arrival. These two pieces of information are necessary to access university systems and processes such as getting your USC ID card, signing up for parking, and completing human research subjects protection training.

After Getting Your USC Username and 10-Digit ID

View office locations on the University Park Campus and Health Sciences Campus:


A comprehensive list of recommended tasks and information in preparation for your arrival can be found on the USC Employee Gateway. Below are the three most common recommended activities relevant for most new faculty.

Get Your USCCard

The USCard is your employee ID card, and can also be used like a debit card at select university locations. The card can be ordered online.

Alternatively, you can go to USCard Services located in the McCarthy Way Parking Structure (formerly PSX) building on the University Park Campus or HSC One Stop Express in Seaver Residence Hall on the Health Sciences Campus.

Sign Up for USC Benefits

You must enroll for benefits within 30 days of your start date. Information on starting your benefits can be found on the USC Benefits site.

Sign Up for Parking or Commuting Assistance

You will need your 10-digit ID to create an account and purchase your parking permit or look into other commuting options through USC Transportation.

Last updated October 2020