Computer Lab Technologies

Public computer labs providing PC and Apple workstations as well as residence hall printing solutions.

CUIT computer labs provide a combination of workstations and/or ColumbiaNet kiosks. These computing facilities provide users with valid accounts access to a range of software. The computing platforms available in the CUIT Managed Computer Labs are Microsoft Windows and Apple MacOS workstations. Please note that the computers in the labs are available 23/7. CUIT reserves one hour each night for maintenance.

CUIT computer clusters provide 24-hour access to computer workstations which provide internet access and application support, CUNIX access, and other campus information services. While the facilities are always open, 24-hour access to residential hall clusters is restricted to students with resident CUIDs and CUIT. Students living in other locations may have access to residence hall clusters between 7:00am and 10:00pm.

The computer lab stations are currently running Microsoft Windows 7. The stations have USB drive support, allowing users to view, create, edit, print and save files to and from USB drives. Documents and sensitive data should not be saved locally on these machines, as these machines are heavily used and the data will be purged regularly. Data CANNOT be recovered once purged. Please save often to a USB drive or a cloud location.

The computing facilities are in various locations throughout campus. When there are no classes scheduled, the hands-on electronic classrooms are converted to computer labs. Some locations have part-time lab consultants to provide lab help.

CUIT labs and clusters provides two major computing platforms: Windows stations and Macintosh stations. Each one is tailored to a particular set of needs.

Windows and Macintosh stations require UNI account login, and provide access to email, web, and standard applications such as word processors and spreadsheet software. Additional courseware applications are also installed so students can complete their academic coursework.

Note: Requests to have additional software installed at a workstation requires two weeks advance notice.

Mac OS X Software

The labs and clusters maintained by CUIT have the following software installed on the Macintosh machines running OS X.

  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 15: View and create PDF files
  • BBEdit 11.6.5: HTML and XMl editor
  • JMP Pro 13: Statistical software
  • Mathematica 10.4: Mathematical
  • Matlab 2016A: Mathematical
  • Microsoft Excel 2016: Spreadsheet program
  • Microsoft Powerpoint 2016: Presentation program
  • Microsoft Word 2016: Word processor
  • Mozilla Firefox 52: Web Browser
  • R 3.3.3: R for statistical computing
  • RStudio 1.0.136: R studio for statistical computing
  • Safari 10.1.2: Web browser
  • Stata SE 14.1: Statistical analysis
  • TextWrangler 5.0.2: HTML & XML text editor
  • VLC: Media player
  • XQuartz 2.7.9: X Windows
  • Zotero 4: Bibliographies

Windows Software

The electronic classrooms, labs and clusters maintained by CUIT have the following applications installed on the Windows machines. The machines are running Windows 7 Enterprise.

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC: View PDF files
  • Adobe Dreamweaver CC 2017: Build websites and applications
  • Adobe Illustrator CC 2017: Build vector graphics
  • Adobe Photoshop CC 2017: Digital photo editing
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017: Digital video editing
  • ArcGIS 10.5.1: GIS/Mapping
  • AutoCAD 2014: Computer aided design (available in Engineering Terrace 251 only)
  • COMSOL 4.4: Finite element analysis
  • Creo 3.0: Mechanical design engineering  (available in Engineering Terrace 251, 252 and 273 only)
  • Cyberduck: FTP client
  • Eclipse: Software development
  • Endnote X8: Bibliography manager
  • Google Earth: Satellite imagery
  • Internet Explorer: Web browser
  • iTunes 12.5.5: University podcasts
  • IZArc: File extractor
  • JMP Pro 13: Statistical software 
  • Mathematica 11.1: Mathematical analysis
  • Matlab R2017A: Mathematical analysis
  • Microsoft Access 2016: Relational database
  • Microsoft Excel 2016: Spreadsheet program
  • Microsoft Powerpoint 2016: Presentation program
  • Microsoft Visual: C++ Programming
  • Microsoft Word 2016: Word processor
  • MiKTeX 2.9: TeX editor
  • Mozilla Firefox 52.1: Web browser
  • Putty 0.69: Secure SSH
  • R 3.3: Statistical analysis
  • SAS 9.4: Statistical analysis
  • SPSS Statistics 24: Statistical analysis
  • StataSE 14: Statistical analysis
  • TrueCrypt: File encryption
  • VLC: Media player
  • WinSCP 5.9.6: Secure FTP
  • X-Win32 14: X-Windows

In addition to the high-powered workstations and high-speed printers brought to you by CUIT, there are a variety of computing resources available to you at Columbia. Below are some descriptions and links for specialty services provided by CUIT and other departments.

Scanners are available in the following locations:

Color Printers are available in the following locations:

Copy Machines: CUIT does NOT run photocopiers, you can visit Print Services for copying servers.

Hole Punchers


Computer terminals in IAB and the Business School do not accept UNI logins and are generally restricted to students in SIPA or the Business School. Please contact the appropriate support center for more information or help with logging in to these terminals.