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Technology & Computing

From hardware recommendations, to available no-cost software, to high-performance computation labs.

Computing Resources

  • Connect to Tech – An overview of the University’s most important Information Technology (IT) resources, ranging from how to access free software downloads to connecting to wireless.
  • Connect to Tech Online Learning – Penn State’s Student technology guide to hardware, software, connectivity, and more.
  • Software at Penn State – As a Penn State student, variety of software is available to you at reduced cost or at no additional cost.
  • WebApps – Run applications commonly found in a Penn State Lab from the convenience of a web browser (must connect via Global Protect VPN).
  • WebLabs – Access a Penn State Lab computer from the convenience of a web browser (must connect via Global Protect VPN).
  • Penn State Go – The official all-in-one mobile app for Penn State.
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Student laptops

Penn State has substantial computing lab resources with extensive hardware and specialized software applications available for student use.

That said, some programs are computation-intensive enough that it is important to have your own laptop available in addition to the University’s lab resources.

Program-specific Laptop Requirements and Recommendations

Remote lab and print access

A number of Arts and Architecture studio computer labs are now accessible remotely.

Access Guides