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Student Computing

Computing Areas

The CUMC IT Service Desk manages computing areas at the CUMC campus. They are located on the 1st and 2nd floors of the Hammer Health Sciences building, including the Library. The computers are:

  • Available on a first come, first serve basis
  • All connected to CUMC's high speed network with Internet access
  • All connected to nearby Pharos printers
  • Updated with current antivirus and antispyware programs
Loaner laptops can be checked out by students on a first-come, first-serve basis using a kiosk in the Hammer building. Valid Columbia ID is required.

Locations and Hours
All locations require a Columbia or NYPH ID for access. All areas can be used 24 hours a day, 7 days a week except for the HS Library Lobby systems, which are only available during the Library's hours of operation.

Computer Lab or Cluster Location Resources
24 Hour Computer Lab
Hammer Building
Entrance to the Health Sciences Library
701 West 168th Street
8 Windows 10 computers
4 iMac OS X computers
3 black and white Pharos printers
1 color Pharos printer
Computer Lab
Hammer Building, 2nd floor
701 West 168th Street
Area includes a seasonal outdoor deck at the far end from the main entrance.
25 Windows 10 computers
32 iMac OS X computers
12 Windows 10 loaner laptops
3 black and white Pharos printers
1 color Pharos printer
2 multi function Pharos printer (scan/copy capability)
HS Library Lobby
Hammer Building, 1st floor
Health Sciences Library
701 West 168th Street
23 Windows 10 computers
12 iMac OS X computers
3 black and white Pharos printers


  • Computers and Printing
    All locations offer Windows 10 systems, with iMac OS X systems available in the Computer Lounge and Computer Lab.
    High speed laser jet printing is available in all areas via the Pharos printing system. Additional Pharos printers are located in many student housing lobbies and study rooms, see the list on our Pharos Printing page for specific locations.
  • Applications and Software
    All computers have a number of software programs installed that allow for web browsing, word processing, data analysis, chart, graphic, and presentation creation, image editing, disc burning, network file transfers, and curriculum support.

    Software Installed on Windows Computers
    All systems run Windows 10 with Symantec managed antivirus
    Office 2016 - Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, OneNote, Publisher
    • Adobe Reader DC
    • ArcGIS 10.3.1
    • Aperio ImageScope
    • Atlas TI v.5.2
    • Chrome
    • Citrix Receiver 4.8
    • Edge
    • Endnote X8
    • ExamSoft - Examplify
    • Firefox (Frontmotion)
    • Flash Player & Flash Player Plugin
    • Internet Explorer
    • iTunes
    • Java
    • NetLogo 4.3.1
    • NVivio 12
    • Pharos Printing
    • Pigdin
    • Putty
    • R 3.4.1 for Windows
    • RStudio 1.0.153
    • SAS 9.4
    • 7-Zip
    • Shockwave
    • Silverlight
    • Skype
    • SPSS 25
    • Stata 15
    • Stellar
    • TurningPoint Cloud
    • USMLE
    • WinSCP
    • Windows Media Player

    Macintosh computers have Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Safari, Chrome, Firefox, SPSS, Cyberduck (file transfer), media playback and recording, image editing programs and more. Please call us if you have questions about specific programs installed.
  • Data saving and transfer
    All computers will allow you to use a personal USB key and burn discs. IMPORTANT: the computers erase all data saved to the hard drive (My Documents, C: drive, etc) when restarted. Please save your work to your own media or a network drive as you go to avoid losing it if the computer freezes or crashes and has to restart.
  • Wireless
    Wireless network access is available on all floors of Hammer, in Bard Hall, the Towers, School of Nursing and many other locations on campus. To use it you must first configure your computer.
  • Technical Support
    The CUMC IT Service Desk is also located on the 2nd floor of the Hammer Building. Staff at the can provide initial troubleshooting for technical problems, and answer questions regarding IT resources on campus. Students can purchase USB keys, burnable discs, and additional printer pages here as well.
Noise Level and Food and Drink Rules
We realize that there are a variety of environments in which people prefer to work at different times. To accommodate this, there are designated computing areas for different uses:
  • Food and Drink
    Catered events are not permitted in HSC LL103, LL203, LL204 and LL205.
    The Computer Lounge on the 1st floor allows you to have food and drink while you are using the computers. All other computer areas do not allow food and drink at any time. Anyone found with food and drink will be asked to move to an approved area immediately.
    Please help us keep equipment safe from spills and in operable use for everyone by respecting these restrictions!
  • Noise Levels and Cell Phone Use
    Please use headphones when listening to audio in any computing area. The 24 Hour Computer Lounge is designated as a group study area with talking allowed.
    All other computing areas are unrestricted, but we ask that you limit conversation and phone use to low levels and short conversations, with the understanding that others near you are working and may be distracted.

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Last updated 10/23/2018