Computing Accounts

SCF account holders have access to computing resources, such as a network of compute servers, workstations, and laboratory desktops equipped with R, Matlab, and other development environments. Please read the Statistical Computing Facility (SCF) account policies below and the descriptions of the various account types before submitting your request.

Once you have an account, please see our information for new users.


Individuals who are issued accounts are responsible for all of its activity and must not allow anyone else to access it. Files under this account are not personal property; as such, the SCF reserves the right to review, modify, or delete any file or terminate any activity that may interfere with the operations or security of the facility. All files including email may be automatically deleted when the the account is closed.

The use of SCF computing resources requires compliance with the Berkeley Campus Computer Use Policy and the University of California Electronic Communications Policy (ECP). The UCOP brochure may be helpful as well.

These accounts are a privilege and as such can be revoked if misused. All questions should be addressed to the Systems Manager of the Statistical Computing Facility in room 499 Evans Hall, 643-7407.

Account Types


Class accounts may be issued to individual students by the instructor or GSI if the course requires computer access. These accounts are issued in bulk to the instructor or GSI and cannot be created at the request of individual students. Course instructors should request (Google Form) class accounts a couple of weeks before the term begins. If you require a computing account for your Statistics course, please see your GSI.


Student accounts are issued only to students who are currently registered with UC Berkeley, and are subject to approval. All Statistics Department graduate students may be issued an account. Department undergrads, or non-departmental graduate and undergraduate student must be working with a faculty member to obtain an account.


Faculty accounts are issued to official faculty members of the department.


Visitor accounts are issued to individuals who have been granted official visitor status as an "associate researcher" while visiting the UC Berkeley Department of Statistics. Visitor accounts are issued for the duration of their stay while on campus.


Research accounts are issued to individuals who are officially associated with UC Berkeley or who are associated with a faculty member or research/lecture member of the Department. Those individuals working within the UC system on specific research projects which are funded by grants and/or outside funds in support of research for which this account is intended, agree to compensate SCF for the resources consumed according to established SCF rate structures.

Account Closure

Accounts issued to students, alumni, and visitors that are due for termination will be closed on January 1 and July 1 of each year. Accounts belonging to currently registered Statistics graduate students will remain open beyond that date. Individuals having other accounts must apply for an extension. No extensions are granted for class accounts.

Alumni accounts are issued upon request to individuals who have left the Department in good standing and are valid for one year after separation from the Department. Alumni accounts cannot be renewed.

Faculty and visitor (associate research fellows) accounts expire upon termination of their appointments.

Class accounts will be removed after 3 p.m. of the first Monday after final exams of the semester for which they were assigned. Be sure to make any arrangements for permanent or backup storage of your class account files before the accounts are closed. There will be a $20 fee (plus the cost of media) for recovering files from accounts that have been closed. Upon request, mail messages can be forwarded to another account for up to 60 days after an account has been closed. (This does not apply to class accounts.)

Get Access

If you have a CalNet ID (or when you have obtained one), complete one of the account request forms:

If you do not have an active CalNet ID, complete the alternative form. Note that you must provide sufficient justification to obtain the computing account if you do not have a CalNet ID. The form is sent to a staff member for review. If approved, the account will be created and a temporary password will be communicated by voice or text message. We ask whether your phone can receive texts because it is a convenient way to deliver initial passwords. The alternative methods are via phone call or in person.