Virtual Computing Lab

Virtual Computing Lab

System Hours:

The Virtual Computing Lab is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The system may be unavailable for maintenance during some weekends.

CITS launches the VCL.

What is it?

The Virtual Computing Lab (VCL) allows access to a virtual computer that has University licensed software at any time, from any place, and from any computer with an Internet connection.

Who can use it?

UMass Dartmouth students, faculty, and staff with an active UMassD Logon.

Why use it?

  • Provides access to a standard set of licensed software at no cost to you
  • Allows access anywhere (your room, your apartment, locally or abroad)
  • Allows access anytime (holidays, weekends, or 2am)
  • Available on-demand, at your convenience (avoid busy computer labs)

What is available (phase one)?

Windows versions of University licensed software such as Microsoft Office Suite, Mathematica, and SPSS. Users may connect to the virtual computers from Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and other mobile devices.

Current Virtual Computer Options:

  • Windows 7 with Microsoft Office 2010, Mathematica 8, and SPSS 20
  • Windows 7 with Maple plus, Microsoft Office 2010, Mathematica 8, SPSS 20
  • Linux development

Help with VCL?

Go to Getting Started

Go to Getting Connected

Online help and frequently asked questions (FAQ's) are available once you have logged in to the VCL.

Students should contact the CITS Student Service Desk at or 508.999.8884.

Faculty and staff should contact the IT Service Center at or 508.999.8790.


Your feedback will allow us to plan for future VCL software and platform availability. Send your comments to