Hardware & Software


The University operates on a 4 year desktop hardware replacement cycle.  ITS staff work in conjunction with Academic Affairs in accordance with the Technology Policy for Faculty to consult with faculty to find the right solution for their needs.  Administrative desktop support staff perform this function for administrative offices.  The University maintains a catalogue of standard computer configurations and reviews that catalogue annually.  Several factors are considered when looking at capital computing models including supportability, reliability, ease of maintenance, warranty and price.  Current computer configurations are listed at the Cardinal Technology Store site.   


Wesleyan owns and supports hundreds of software titles throughout the campus.  Licensing agreements vary considerably from full campus agreements to limited per seat.  ITS Academic Computing Managers handle licensing for most of the University's educational software.  These programs are available in our labs throughout campus.  Installation on personally-owned machines is usually prohibited.

Some of the most commonly rqeusted applications including the Adobe Creative Cloud, Mathematica, MatLab, and SAS

Adobe Creative Cloud is now available in all labs, classrooms, and for all Wesleyan owned faculty and staff computers. If you would like any of the Adobe Creative Cloud apps installed on your Wesleyan owned computer, please contact your desktop support sepcialist. We are also excited to offer all faculty and staff a personal, home use subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud for only $10 for the entire year. For more information on how to purchase this home use license, visit this page.  

Mathematica is available for student use.  Information on Mathematica is available for Mac and PC.  These documents provides instructions for how to obtain Mathematica for Students.  Click on the .docx file.  Note you may click Open in Web View for a more familiar interface. 

MatLab is available in labs and classrooms with limited seats available and managed by a license manager.  There is no student or home use licensing available for MatLab.  

SAS installations for student computers are available via the Student Helpdesk in Exley 116.  Note that SAS is a PC/Windows only application.  SAS virtual desktops are also available.

Microsoft Campus License Agreement

Wesleyan particpates in a campus-wide Microsoft license which permits all faculty, staff and students to have the latest version of MS Office for PC and Mac.  All University-owned computers are pre-installed with MS Office.  Faculty and staff can obtain home use versions of Office through the Cardinal Technology store.  Students may visit HelpDesk to have a consultant install the software.  Members of the community can also purchase the most current Windows operating system at a competitive price for home installation.