Computing Resources

Group Software Licenses

Site licenses allow Columbia University and CUIMC affiliates to download and utilize several applications for free or at a substantially reduced price. Licenses are managed by several groups on campus, including CUIT, CUIMC IT, and the University Libraries. We have attempted to collect links to available software in a single location for VP&S researchers.

If the links below do not work, or you have any new suggestions, please email us.

Desktop Software (Free)

Columbia University affiliates can download desktop versions of several programs. These group licenses are managed by CUIT (the main campus IT group). Available software includes:

  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Office
  • Symantec Antivirus
  • FTP, SSH
  • Other tools

Additionally, CUIMC affiliates have access to Office 365, which includes the ability to download Office 365 ProPlus applications. Office 365 is managed by CUIMC IT.

Academic Licenses (Discounted)

Columbia University affiliates can download several commonly-used applications at a discounted academic rate, including:

  • Adobe Creative Cloud

Reference Management (Free)

The Columbia University libraries provide free downloads of several applications to manage references and citations:

  • Endnote
  • Mendeley
  • Zotero

Electronic Lab Notebooks (Free)

Free access to electronic lab notebook software for research use is available through a partnership between the Executive Vice President for Research, CUIT, and the libraries.

  • LabArchives

Scientific Software (Free and Discounted)

The Columbia University libraries provide free site licenses for:

  • ChemDraw
  • CrystalMaker
  • Schrodinger and Pymol

The Microbiology & Immunology Flow Cytometry facility provides a discounted site license for analysis software. Sign up via iLab for:

  • Flowjo

The Columbia Center for Translational Immunology provides access to an alternative flow cytometry analysis program:

  • FCS Express

Statistical/Mathematical Tools (Discounted)

CUIT and CUIMC IT provide discounted access to several statistical and mathematical tools:

  • Mathematica
  • Matlab
  • SAS
  • SPSS
  • Stata

Web Surveys: Qualtrics (Free)

CUIMC provides access to a third-party online survey platform:

  • Qualtrics Online Survey Platform

Useful Web Services

Although Columbia does not provide group licenses for the applications listed below, they have been recommended by faculty members for researchers:

  • Biorender: Web-based editor makes it easy to create figures for use in presentations and grant applications. Free and paid versions are available.
  • Meta: Provides personalized feeds of new papers related to individual research interests. Free; provided by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.