Computer Lab Technologies

Public computer labs and residence hall clusters provide Windows and macOS workstations as well as printer stations.

CUIT computer labs provide a combination of workstations and/or ColumbiaNet kiosks. These computing facilities are located throughout Morningside Campus and provide active students and faculty access to a range of software across Microsoft Windows and Apple macOS platforms. Please note that the computers in the labs are available 23/7 as CUIT reserves one hour each night for computer maintenance. Support staff for computer labs is provided by CUIT, including part-time consultants in the following locations: 300 Butler, 251 Engineering Terrace, 478 Lerner and 323 IAB.

CUIT computer residence hall clusters provide 24-hour access to computer workstations which provide internet access and application support, CUNIX access, and other campus information services.

The computer lab stations are currently running Microsoft Windows 10 and macOS Mojave. 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 eventually be purged. Data CANNOT be recovered once purged. Please refrain from shutting down computers which will also result in deleting all users data which CANNOT be recovered. Always backup to an external source such as a USB drive or a cloud location.

When there are no classes scheduled, the classrooms 252 Engineering Terrace and 558 Schermerhorn Extension are converted to computer labs.

You can also use the LabFind app to search for software in computer labs, and see what computers are open right now!

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

Windows and macOS 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 require two-weeks advance notice.

macOS Software

The labs and clusters maintained by CUIT have the following software installed on the macOS machines running Mojave.

  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 19: View and create PDF files
  • BBEdit 12.1.5: HTML and XML editor
  • JMP Pro 13.1: Statistical software
  • Mathematica 11.3: Mathematical
  • Matlab 2018A: Mathematical
  • Microsoft Excel 2016: Spreadsheet program
  • Microsoft Powerpoint 2016: Presentation program
  • Microsoft Word 2016: Word processor
  • Mozilla Firefox 60: Web Browser
  • R 3.3.3: R for statistical computing
  • RStudio 1.0.136: R studio for statistical computing
  • Safari 11.1.2: Web browser
  • Stata SE 14.2: Statistical analysis
  • VLC 3.0.4: Media player
  • XQuartz 2.7.9: X Windows
  • Zotero 5: 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 10 Enterprise.  

* Available in Engineering Terrace 251,252, 273.  Also available in IAB 323 and IAB 215 (DSSC))

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC: View PDF files
  • Adobe Dreamweaver CC 2018: Build websites and applications
  • Adobe Illustrator CC 2018: Build vector graphics
  • Adobe Photoshop CC 2018: Digital photo editing
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2018: Digital video editing
  • ArcGIS 10.6: GIS/Mapping
  • ArcGIS Pro 2.4: Professional GIS/Mapping (CIESIN Account Login Required)*
  • AutoCAD 2019: Computer aided design
  • COMSOL 4.5: Finite element analysis*
  • Creo 6.0: Mechanical design engineering*
  • Cyberduck: FTP client
  • Eclipse: Software development
  • Endnote X8: Bibliography manager
  • Google Earth: Satellite imagery
  • Internet Explorer: Web browser
  • iTunes 12.x: University podcasts
  • IZArc: File extractor
  • Mathematica 12: Mathematical analysis
  • Matlab R2019A: Mathematical analysis
  • Microsoft Access 2019: Relational database
  • Microsoft Excel 2019: Spreadsheet program
  • Microsoft Powerpoint 2019: Presentation program
  • Microsoft Visual: C++ Programming
  • Microsoft Word 2019: Word processor
  • MiKTeX 2.9: TeX editor
  • Mozilla Firefox 60: Web browser
  • Putty 0.69: Secure SSH
  • R 3.4: Statistical analysis
  • SAS 9.4: Statistical analysis
  • SPSS Statistics 26: Statistical analysis
  • StataSE 14/15: Statistical analysis
  • VLC: Media player
  • WinSCP: 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:

  • 251 Engineering Terrace
  • 323 International Affairs Building (Lehman Library)
  • Digital Humanities Center

Color Printers are available in the following locations:

  • 304 Butler Library
  • Digital Social Science Center, (323 International Affairs Building)
  • SPS 729 7th Avenue 3rd Floor

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

Hole Punchers

  • 323 International Affairs Building (Lehman Library)
  • 251 Engineering Terrace

Please see the instructions below to connect to the Windows computer labs remotely. MacOS labs will be coming soon.

Here are a few things you can do in advance:

  1. Connect to the Columbia Network via Cisco AnyConnect VPNConnecting from the Columbia network is required.
  2. Check which lab computers are available.
  3. Click Connect on the computer you would like to remotely use. An .rdp connection file will download. Click on the downloaded file to launch it.
  4. Log in with your UNI and password. If it doesn't work, you may have to use ADCU\UNI as your username to log in. For example: ADCU\ab1234.
  5. Click OK when prompted for a certificate.

IMPORTANT: Please logout using the logout button on the desktop when you are done so others can use the computers.
*Sessions will timeout when idle after 60 minutes.  
**ET/DSSC Lab stations have a timeout of 180 minutes.

If you receive a message that reads "The number of connections to this computer is limited and all connections are in use right now", it means the computer you selected is already being used by someone. Check again which computers are available and select an unused one.

The computers are first-come, first-serve, just as they are in the actual labs. Please try again later if all computers are in use.


CUIT computer lab terminals are restricted to active students and faculty. 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, respectively. Please contact the appropriate support center for more information or help with logging in to these terminals.