Network IT, Software, & Printing

 Computer Labs

ESCI Computer Lab

The ESCI computer lab is located in Tate Hall, room 108.  This lab contains PCs (Windows OS), a printer, and a scanner. You must have key card access in order to use this lab. You can get key card access for this computer lab by filling out the ESCI access form.

CSE Computer Labs

CSE computer classrooms and labs are available for use by students taking courses in the College of Science and Engineering.

  • Labs are unavailable during scheduled classes
  • Non-24-hour labs are closed on all University holidays

Visit the CSE Classrooms & Labs website for a complete list of all CSE computer classrooms and labs, available operating systems, and hours.

University Computer Labs

Public computer labs are open to all University students, faculty, and staff and require no reservation to use. Visit O-IT Computer Labs for locations, operating systems, and hours.  


 Software Licenses

University Software Licenses

The University of Minnesota provides discounted or no-cost software to students, faculty, and staff for work-related and personal use including:

  • ArcGIS by Esri
  • Creative Cloud and Related Products by Adobe
  • Microsoft Office.
  • ..and more!

Visit Office of Information Technology Software for a complete list of available software, pricing, and download instructions.

CSE Software Licenses:

The College of Science and Engineering (CSE) - Twin Cities provides no-cost software to students*, faculty, and staff for work-related use.

Available software licenses:

  • Ansys Student Software by Ansys
  • Creo Student Edition by PTC
  • LabVIEW by National Instruments
  • Mathematica by Wolfram
  • MATLAB by The MathWorks
  • SOLIDWORKS by Dassault Systèmes
  • VMware by Dell Technologies

Visit CSE-IT software for instructions on how to download these programs. 

* Important information for CLA students downloading software through CSE-IT:

Students outside of CSE have access to this software if they are enrolled in a CSE course. To get access to the software, CLA students need to have an active CSE Labs account. Students can use this form to request a CSE Lab account if they do not have one already. 

Note: Your account may not remain active if you are not enrolled in a CSE course.


 Printing, Copying, and Scanning

Printing in Tate Hall

The Tate computer lab (in Tate 108) has PCs, a printer, and a scanner. For key card access to Tate 108, please fill out this form

Printing in Computer Labs

Students are able to print at any OIT-managed computer lab (and any CSE computer labs that have printers) for 10 cents per page for black-and-white, and 50 cents a page for color. Payment accepted for printing is Gopher GOLD. 

For step by step instructions, refer to OIT's How to Print in the Computer Labs guide. 

WiFi Printing: How to print from your personal device

Students are able to print in OIT-managed printing locations from their personal laptops, tablets, or smartphones (Android and iOS) when connected to the Twin Cities campus eduroam WiFi network and from remote locations when also connected to the Virtual Private Network (VPN) with AnyConnect

To set up WiFi printing, refer to the OIT WiFi Printing Guide.

Poster Printing for a Conference (or otherwise)

To print a poster for a conference or otherwise, fill out the Earth Sciences Poster Printing Request form.

Requests made at least 48 hours (2 business days) ahead of the desired pick-up time will be guaranteed completed by the requested time. Posters will be available for pick-up in Keller Hall 1-201 during normal CSE-IT hours (M-F 8:00 AM-5:00 PM excluding University holidays)

Large Format Printing

Large documents up to 59 inches in width, including high resolution photographs can be printed in the Coffman B60 computer lab. 

  • The minimum dimensions are 12 by 12 inches 
  • Cost: $4.50 per square foot. The minimum cost is $10.00. 
  • Consultant on duty will assist with all large format print jobs
  • Budget numbers, checks and UCards are accepted for payment
  • Bring document files on USB drive or upload to Google Drive
  • Optionally, you may want to bring a poster tube to transport your print

To use the photography printer or if you have special requests, contact [email protected]


  • Black-and-white prints and copies are $0.10 per exposure ($0.20 double sided)
  • Color prints and copies are $0.50 per exposure ($1.00 double sided)
  • Black-and-white and color scans are free

Payment accepted for printing is Gopher GOLD, which can be added to your UCard at:


 Networks, Remote Access, and VPN

University WiFi Networks

eduroam is the preferred secure WiFi network at the University of Minnesota for students, faculty and staff. 

To connect, select eduroam from the WiFi network options and enter your full University email address and password. eduroam is available at all University of Minnesota campuses: Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, and Twin Cities. 

Additional Resources:


AppsToGo is the University of Minnesota's application delivery service that allows you to run software without having to install it on your computer. After creating a CSE Labs account, students and instructors will have access to CSE software and to CSE Labs desktop computers - in addition to University provided resources - in AppsToGo. 

Follow the AppsToGo Self-Help Guide for detailed instructions on how to access and use AppsToGo.

Virtual Online Linux Environment (VOLE)

Virtual Online Linux Environment (VOLE) is a full CSE Linux desktop delivered virtually through FastX for College of Science and Engineering students. Program, do homework, and use engineering software from your laptop. As long as you can connect to the internet, you can connect to a VOLE desktop. 

Visit the Virtual Online Linux Environment Self-Help Guide to get connected

Note: You must have a CSE Labs account to connect to VOLE. Request a CSE Labs account if you don't already have one. You also must authenticate with Duo to use VOLE

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) creates a private network from a shared or public internet connection. VPNs mask your individual internet protocol (IP) address and establish secure and encrypted connections to provide greater security. At the University of Minnesota, all VPNs (except for Departmental VPNs) also require Duo Security Two-Factor Authentication. Learn how to use Duo with your VPN

The University's VPN permits a maximum connection of 12 hours per single session. The VPN will disconnect from your device if network traffic between your computer and the VPN system stops for more than 15 minutes. This situation typically occurs when a computer goes to sleep or is powered down. 

Refer to the following resources for more information regarding VPN access