Your student account will typically be created at the request of your instructor.  Once your account is created, you will receive an email with a custom link that you can use to complete the account activation process.  You’ll need to complete this step before you are able to use your account.

If you join a class late or otherwise need to request your own account, fill out an account request on the SSCC website. Please include both the course name and number and instructor information to expedite these requests.  Once your request has been approved, you’ll receive an email with activation information.

You can change or reset your password on our website if you have forgotten it.

Winstat is the SSCC’s remote Windows server that allows you to run research software, such as Stata, on our powerful servers.  There are two ways to access Winstat; through a web browser by connecting to or by using Citrix Workspace.  For most students, the web version of Winstat will meet your needs for class.  There’s no need to install any software and it will work from most devices and operating systems, and from any campus computer lab.

If you’d prefer to use Citrix Workspace to connect to Winstat, you can download the program and get instructions for installation and usage from our Using Winstat documentation.

3218 Sewell Social Sciences is our primary classroom. It has 30 PCs, a ceiling-mounted projector and supplemental display connected to an instructor station, and sound and microphone capabilities. The PCs have software installed which allows the instructor to control or interact with the students’ computers.  Computers can be easily configured to block network and program access for exams.

4218 Sewell Social Sciences is the primary lab for student drop-in use. It has 24 PCs configured identically to the 3218 classroom PCs.

mobile lab of 30 laptops configured identically to our lab computers is available for any class or workshop that meets in the Sewell Social Sciences Building.  A projector can be provided with the mobile lab if needed.

2470 Sewell Social Sciences is available for use with the mobile lab or “Bring Your Own Device.”  It can accommodate up to 18 students and includes an instructor station with ceiling mounted projector.

SSCC Computers have a rich set of statistical software installed, many of which are not found anywhere else on campus. For a complete list, see our software page.

If you’re not able to fix your problem, the SSCC Help Desk is available from 9-12 and 1-4 Monday-Friday. When contacting the Help Desk, please provide the following information:

  • If you contact us using a non-UW email address, please mention your SSCC username so we know who you are.
  • Tell us what computer or device you are using. The solution to a problem may be very different depending on whether you’re using a personally-owned computer, a University-owned/SSCC-managed computer, or a server like Winstat or Linstat.
  • Tell us what you’re trying to do and then describe in some detail what goes wrong. “I can’t log into Winstat” doesn’t help us very much, but something like “When I try to log into Winstat it accepts my username and password but says it can’t load my profile” will give us a very good sense of what’s wrong. Including the actual error message (either via copy and paste or a screenshot) is best of all.
  • If you’ve already taken some steps to try to fix the problem, like rebooting your computer, mention that too.