Virtual Computer Lab

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Academic Technologies supports a Virtual Computer Lab (VCL) environment for academic departments on a contractual basis. The VCL permits access to specialized software in a safe computing environment. You can access the VCL remotely from your personal computer or mobile device. The VCL can be accessed 24 hours a day and may require access to the GW VPN. Instructors should request access to the VCL.

VCL Operating System:

  • Windows 10

Software Available:

  • Alteryx 10.6
  • ArcGIS
  • GeoDa
  • QGIS
  • R and RStudio
  • SAS 9.4
  • SEERStat
  • Stata 14
  • Tableau 10
  • WinPepi

Instructors may request additional software to be installed in the Virtual Computer Lab environment by placing a Software Installation Request.

Before you begin

Prior to accessing the Virtual Computer Lab, please be aware of the following:


You must have a GW NetID to log in.


AccessYour account must have access to the Virtual Computer Lab.
If you are using VCL for a specific course at GW, your professor may have already requested access on your behalf.
If you recently registered for the course, please allow 24 hours for the system to be updated.


All data stored in the virtual desktop will be deleted automatically once you log off. Please be sure to save your files to an external source before you log off from the VCL. Unfortunately, Academic Technologies staff cannot retrieve any lost files.

Instructions on accessing the Virtual Computer Lab

Request Access for your Students

Each semester GW instructors need to request VCL access for their students.




AT's Solutions Center is the primary point of contact for faculty and staff who are seeking help with AT-supported classrooms and services.


Solutions Center Address


Gelman Library
2130 H Street, NW
Suite B03

Solutions Center Hours


Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.