Computer Platforms

Computers are a vital part of learning in the digital age. To this end, Learning Applications and Technologies (LAT) is committed to providing our faculty and students with up-to-date computer platforms with a full spectrum of industry standard software. The computer labs and classrooms feature the latest Mac and Windows operating systems. Both platforms feature over 200 software applications ranging from productivity suites like Microsoft Office to creative applications like Adobe Creative Suite. You can also find the mathematical and statistical packages you need complete your coursework.


All computers in Windows labs and classrooms at University Park run Microsoft Windows 10 and have an extensive suite of application software. Windows 10 combines the look & feel of Windows 7 with Windows 8.1 for a more flexible, modern user interface. Learn more about the Windows platform and how to navigate around the system on the Windows information page.

Can’t get into a Windows lab to do your work? Consider using WebApps which provides access to several popular applications from a wide array of devices, and is available for use on personal devices to anyone with a Penn State Access Account. WebApps uses HTML5 so you don’t need anything other than a modern browser to access the applications. Learn more about WebApps on their service page.


Students will find iMacs running macOS 10.14 “Mojave” with many excellent software packages to choose from. Many podiums at University Park feature Mac Mini for your macOS needs. Software offerings range from the standard Office essentials to Apple’s own iMovie and productivity tools. Learn more about the Mac platform and how to navigate around the system on the Mac information page.

Linux Cluster

Prefer a Linux environment to do your academic work? The Linux Cluster is a remotely accessible academic Linux environment to give students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to work on an operating system that is quickly being adopted by business, industry, science, education, and government. Learn more about the Linux Cluster on its information page.

Find the computer you need by viewing our software list and lab locations.