by Vahab Pournaghshband on Aug 2022
This guide will explain the difference between your USF Connect account and your CS account, as well as how to check if your account is setup.
Your CS account shares the same username as your USF Connect account, but different passwords. You should use your CS account for the following purposes:
Logging into the computers in CS classrooms and labs,
Logging into the lab computers remotely.
Alternatively, you use your USF Connect username and password to login to USF Connect and access your
@dons.usfca.edu email and other university-wide resources.
Your username will always be the same as your USF Connect username. You can determine your username by looking at the part before
@dons.usfca.edu in your USF email address. For example, if my email address is
firstname.lastname@example.org then my username will be
Your initial password will be your student ID. For example, if your student ID is
20123456, then your initial password will be
You should change your password after logging in for the first time. You can do this by opening a Terminal window and entering
passwd at the command line (note the spelling). Follow the prompts to choose a new password.