labpic1The Luskin Computer Lab is open for all LUSKIN Graduate student use during the Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters. The lab is closed between quarters and over the summer. As with all University offices, the lab is closed on all University holidays. The lab is not for public UCLA use. PhD Students have a separate lab available for their use.

Luskin Computer Access Request Form

To get access, ALL Luskin students new and returning (that have not filled out the form previously) must fill out the Access Request Form (ARF) below.Please fill out the form to activate and/or extend your account for the entire school year.

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Computer Lab HOURS

Main Luskin Computer Lab Hours (Regular Academic Schedule)

Monday 9:00 A.M. 5:00 P.M.
Tuesday 9:00 A.M. 5:00 P.M.
Wednesday 9:00 A.M. 5:00 P.M.
Thursday 9:00 A.M. 5:00 P.M.
Friday 9:00 A.M. 5:00 P.M.
Saturday CLOSED

 PhD Computer Lab Hours
[Open as building hours operate]

To get access to the PhD suite, please contact your department.

IMAG01938The computing classroom is comprised of thirty student workstations, two tables to accommodate students working on their laptops, and one teaching station. All stations run Microsoft Windows 10 operating system and supporting the Microsoft Office Suite, the ESRI suite of mapping products, and various statistical software including SPSS and STATA. Other software is available and the inventory of teaching software is updated quarterly based on requests by faculty. All stations are equipped Windows large display PC’s and connection to the Luskin network. The classroom also includes one projection screen, whiteboard, a digital projection system supporting data and video sources. This facility is available for walk-in student use when not in use for scheduled classes.

backlabThe Back Lab is a twenty-five station student lab. Equipped with computers and software identical to the computing classroom, this facility is generally used for student overflow project work. The open layout allows for collaboration and discussion in a more fluid environment.  All stations have the same software as 1015A .  This facility is available for walk-in student use. Plenty of whiteboards located around the lab for collaboration.

IMAG01953The Glass Room (or Fishbowl) is a  accommodates student project work and collaboration. The room has eight student lab stations setup exactly as 1015A. This facility is available for walk-in student use. There are also empty tables to allow for project collaboration and a long whiteboard for use.

The PHD lab contains stations inside of the PHD commons. The computers have the same configurations as those in the main computing lab.

Luskin “Apporto” Virtual Computer Lab

Luskin has a virtual remote system for all your computing needs available 24/7 via a web browser. You can login using the same Luskin Computer Lab credentials to access most software available in the physical computer lab remotely.
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Other UCLA Remote Virtual Desktop

If you need access to approved campus software and need an alternative to Apporto? Look at your other Remote Virtual Desktop option offered by the UCLA Library:

UCLA CLICC Virtual Desktop (ALL UCLA students) has all software needs.

Note: UCLA Library manages system and has no affiliation or support by Luskin IT.


The Printer Zone, located in the general work area of Suite 1015, is comprised of high speed, black/white and color printer.

Black and White:

*Printing charges are billed on the UCLA Billing and Receivables (BAR) system during the first week of the month following the accrual of the charges. UCLA BAR make take several weeks before posting charges to your account.

Adobe Acrobat CC Cloud Application to view, create, manipulate, print, and manage files in Portable Document Format
Adobe Creative Suite CC Cloud Family of products intended for professional print, web, interactive, and mobile designers.
ArcPRO 3.x Cloud based program for desktop geographic information analysis and mapping.
AutoCAD N/A Application for 2D and 3D computer-aided design and drafting.
Chrome Latest A freeware web browser developed by Google.
FileZilla Latest Open-source (GNU GPL) FTP client for Windows, Mac OS X and GNU/Linux.
Google Earth Latest A virtual globe, map, and geographical information program.
IBM SPSS SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) is a comprehensive, integrated system for data manipulation and statistical data analysis.
Microsoft Edge Latest Microsoft’s Internet browser program for accessing the World Wide Web.
Microsoft Office 2019 An integrated suite of applications from Microsoft which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.
Mozilla Firefox Latest Mozilla Firefox3 is our mature, integrated application suite that includes browser, email and newsgroup client, chat client, and an HTML editor.
Notepad++ Latest Source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.
R Latest R is a language and environment for statistical computing and graphics.
SAS 9.x The SAS System is an integrated suite of software for enterprise-wide information delivery functioning on four data-driven tasks common to virtually any application-data access, data management, data analysis, and data presentation.
FireEye Latest FireEye protects from latest malware and viruses.
SketchUp A 3D modeling program for a broad range of applications such as architectural, civil, mechanical, film and video game design.
Stata Stata is programmable, statistical software for Windows.
VLC Media Player n/a Open-source media player that supports many audio and video compression methods and file formats.
Windows Media Player Latest Windows Media player is an all-in-one player for audio formats and video formats.
Zoom Latest Zoom Video Communications provides audio/web and video-conferencing in a simple, easy-to-use format.

Lab Policies

  •  Absolutely no food or drink is allowed in the labs.
  •  No eating or drinking at any workstation in the labs.
  • Computer lab hours are 9am-5pm.  When the lab is closed; students must vacate the lab.
  • Only official CLASS with an instructor/ta may stay after-hours with the class as needed for class.
  •  Users will be good citizens in the lab.
  •  Users should vacate the computer lab when used for classes that the user is not enrolled in.
  •  Computing equipment or furniture cannot be removed from the labs.
  •  Users are responsible for saving their own work and making backups of those files.
  •  Users are responsible for all printing charges to their own account.
  •  The Luskin Lab is for the exclusive use of Luskin students, faculty, and staff.
  •  Any vandalism of UC equipment/property will be reported to the UC Police Department.
  •  All virus alerts, errors and odd occurrences should be reported immediately to the helpdesk/it support.
  •  Staff will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items that are left unattended.
  •  The computing lab is for educational use only.
  •  Be courteous of other lab users and keep your noise level to a minimum.
  •  All cell phones are to be turned off or set to vibrate/silent as not to disturb classmates.
  •  No sleeping/camping in the lab at any time.
  •  All account holders are bound to the policies as set by the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and the UC Electronic Communications Policy.
  • This academic facility is for the exclusive use of Luskin students, faculty, and staff.

Violations of the policies will result in disciplinary action. Disciplinary action will include but not limited to:

  • A verbal warning as needed.
  • Request to leave the computer lab if non‐compliant.
  • Computer Lab account access revoked.
  • A hearing with a user’s Department Student Affairs Officer (SAO) or Assistant Dean.

FYI: The Luskin Computer Lab is housed in the Western Data Processing Center, which opened in 1959 as a UCLA / IBM joint venture.  It was the first wing of the Public Affairs Building to be completed.  The Center was part of the early development of the Arpanet, precursor to the internet.

The Luskin School computer lab, located in 1015 Public Affairs Building, is a resource available to all Luskin School graduate students at no cost.

The Lab houses a computing classroom, a walk-in lab, and a collaboration room.  Data storage and printer access are available to students.  A signed User Agreement is required for activation of student lab accounts.  Accounts are active for the whole school year as specified in their User Agreement.

The Luskin Lab is a vibrant part of the Luskin Community, and open and active collaboration and communication with the academic programs of the School is an intrinsic component of this community.