University Technology

Computer Labs

There are over 550 computers for student use in computer labs and resource centers across campus. Each computer lab contains networked PC (Windows 7) and Macintosh (OS 10.9) computers.

Computer Lab Hours

All computers provide high speed access to the Internet, CD/DVD burners or access to external drives, USB ports, and include the most commonly needed software applications, discipline-specific software, and access to double-sided laser printing.

WIU-Quad Cities also operates its own full-service lab for students on the WIU-Quad Cities campus.

Note that departments also operate some of their own labs which are specific to their discipline and are not maintained or supported by uTech unless requested.

Staffed Labs 

uTech staffed computer labs are located in primary campus locations. These labs have trained student personnel on duty to provide technical assistance.

uTech Academic Building Labs -

  • Horrabin Hall Complex, rooms 72, 75, 77
    • Mon-Thu: 7:30am-9pm; Fri: 7:30am-4pm; Sat: 10am-3pm; Sun: 1-9pm
  • Memorial Hall 046
    • Mon-Thu: 7:30am-5pm; Fri: 7:30am-4pm
  • Morgan Hall, room 124, 126
    • Mon-Thu: 7:30am-5pm; Fri: 7:30am-4pm
  • Stipes Hall, room 307
    • Mon-Thu: 7:30am-9pm; Fri: 7:30am-4pm; Sun: 1-9pm

uTech Residence Hall Labs

  • Lincoln/Washington/Grote Halls (Grote Hall 109)
    • Mon-Thu: 10am-11pm; Fri: 10am-5pm; Sat: 1-4pm; Sun: 1pm-11pm
  • North Quad (Tanner Hall 216 & 217)
    • Mon-Thu: 10am-11pm; Fri: 10am-5pm; Sat: 1-4pm; Sun: 1pm-11pm
  • Olson Hall 110
    • Open 24 hours
  • Thompson Hall, 102
    • Open 24 hours
  • Westbrook House
    • Open 24 hours for residents

Unstaffed Computing Resource Centers (CRCs)

CRCs are smaller labs and are distributed across campus in most buildings to provide easy access for students, faculty, and staff.  Please note that the CRCs are opened and closed by their managing academic department, and with the exception of the Malpass Library and University Union, are generally open weekdays from 8am-4:30pm, when classes are in session.

  • Brophy Hall 115
  • Browne Hall 107
  • Currens Hall 301
  • Knoblauch Hall 107
  • Malpass Library (1st & 3rd floors)
  • Multicultural Center 103
  • Sallee Hall 108
  • Stipes Hall 126
  • Tillman Hall 413
  • Union Concourse
  • Waggoner Hall 110
  • Writing Center (Library 3rd)


uTech Computer Lab Software

All uTech lab computers have a variety of software pre-installed, including basic word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and desktop publishing software. In addition, they have imaging and statistical software pre-installed, as well as a wide variety of discipline specific software available. The basic PC and Macintosh software installed on the desktops are listed below. Specialized software is available in the Horrabin Hall 72 lab.

PC Software - General
  • Microsoft Office 2016
    • Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Publisher, Word
  • Internet Tools
    • Chrome, Firefox, Secure Key (Putty), Internet Explorer, WinSCP, Secure Telnet (Putty), UXB (telnet), XWin32
  • Miscellaneous
    • Acrobat Reader X, Audacity, Google Apps for Education, iTunes, Open Office, Roxio, SAS 9.4, SPSS 23, STARS on the Web, System Center Endpoint Protection, Google Sketchup, GIMP.
Macintosh Software - General
  • Microsoft Office 2011
    • Communicator, Excel, Microsoft Messenger, PowerPoint, Word
  • Internet Tools
    • Chrome, Firefox, Safari
  • Miscellaneous
    • Adobe Reader, Adium Messenger, Dictionary, DVD Player, Google Apps for Education, Image Capture, Flip4Mac, Garage Band, iBooks, iBooks Author, Image Capture, iMovie, iPhoto, iTunes, SPSS 23, Photo Booth, Preview, QuickTime Player, System Center Endpoint Protection, Pages, Burn, STARS on the Web.
Special Macintosh Software - Only in Horrabin 72 Lab
  • Adobe Cloud
    • Acrobat Pro DC, After Effects, Audition, Bridge, Premiere Pro, Creative Cloud, Dreamweaver, Edge Animate, Edge Code, Edge Inspect, Edge Reflow, Extension Manager, ExtendScript Toolkit, Fireworks, Flash Builder, Flash Professional, Gaming SDK, Illustrator, InCopy, InDesign, Media Encoder, Muse, Photoshop, PhoneGap Build, Prelude Live Logger, Prelude Speed Grade, Scout, Story Plus
  • Miscellaneous
    • Game Salad Creator, Maya, Strata 3D CX, Jing, Lectora Inspire (Windows 7 OS)
Department and Class Specific Software
  • Biology - ChromasLite, R, TBLab
  • Computer Science - jGRASP (Java), PSPad, Stu-MVS Secure, VNC Viewer, MySQL, LP Solve, Visual Studio 2013, Python, Jing (Stipes 307 only)
  • Economics - MiniTab 17, Strata-SE Dev Kit
  • Engineering Technology - AutoCAD 2016, Autodesk (3ds MAX Design, Inventor, Revit)
  • Fashion Merchandising and Hospitality - Mock Shop (Olson 110, Horrabin 75/77, Library 3rd Floor only)
  • Geography - ArcGIS (Stipes 307, Olson 110, Library 3rd Floor only)
  • Geology - ModFlow
  • Mathematics - Mathmatica, RWeb
  • Psychology - GPower, StatView
  • WESL (Western's English as Second Language) - Compass ESL, Spelling Fusion
  • Assistive Software - Disability Resource Center
    • JAWS (screen reader)
    • MAGic (screen magnification)
    • Kurzweil 3000 (text to speech learning tool)

Downloadable Resources 

Logging In to the Computer Lab computers

Storing Files to the Network