Accessing Specialized Software from On-Campus or Off

Apps.SMU WindowMany courses require access to specific software applications in order to complete assignments.  In order to provide access from both on and off-campus, we have implemented a new lab solution to augment our existing environments.

On-Campus Access:

Computer labs across campus are still available for use although the rooms have reduced capacity for social distancing.  These machines offer a wide range of software applications depending on the location.  For a list of computer labs and available software, visit

 Remote Access

There are now four different methods for remote access to the software.

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    Installation on your personal device:  Several applications are available for you to download and install on your personal computer.  These include the Microsoft Office suite and various mathematic or statistics based programs such as Matlab, Mathematica, SAS, and JMP.  Adobe Creative Suite is available at a reduced subscription fee as a student. Visit and register using your email for a discounted subscription.

  • Apps.SMU: Faculty, students, and staff can access a host of applications via  These include titles such as SPSS, SAS, JMP, Stata, Amos, Argus, Eviews, and more. Access to some applications is controlled by your affiliation (Faculty, student, etc).  Please take note of the different setup guides posted on our website for information on  You can access your local files while connected to Apps.SMU but this requires that you have Citrix Receiver installed (Installation details can be found on the Apps.SMU service page.
  • Apporto.SMU (NEW):  100 concurrent user licenses have been secured for a new hosted lab solution for the following applications:  Solidworks 2020, ArcGIS Pro, Ansys 2020R2, AutoCAD 2020, Comsol, Labview 2012, Xilinx Vivado 2019.2, Simio, Android Studio, and Gmetrix.  Access to these applications is critical for many students to complete coursework.  So please be mindful of the concurrent limit. Visit to get started.
  • Remote Desktop Connections:  Computers in the various labs that can not be used in order to accommodate social distancing have been configured to allow remote desktop connection for student access to software.  This is the same solution that was used in the Spring.  It will only allow one connection per computer and a VPN connection is required before connecting.  For more information, see Connecting to Lab Computers using Remote Desktop in the SMU Wiki.
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Rachel Mulry

Associate CIO for Planning and Customer Service Office of Information Technology