We provide Microsoft Office software on all college computers (PC and Mac). You can convert Word documents to PDFs on your computer but if you wish to edit or work with PDFs you'll need to purchase Adobe Acrobat Pro or work at one of our Creative Stations.
The academic software on our lab computers can be accessed by going into the Start menu at the bottom left side of the page and then opening the All Programs list, where you will find sub-folders for specific disciplines; the software programs are listed within those folders. You'll find ArcGIS, Chemdraw, Mathematica, MATLAB, SPSS, and Stata as well as other course-specific applications.
Sophos Anti-virus Software
Available for Students, Faculty and Staff for both Windows and Mac. Keep your computer safe from viruses and malware by downloading and installing the Windows version or the Mac version. Please note these are licensed only for personal computers; contact the Technology Helpdesk if you need assistance with Sophos software that is installed on an Oxy computer.
If you have Windows 10:
Windows 10 includes anti-virus protection courtesy of Microsoft Windows Defender. Therefore, you do not need to install Sophos Anti-virus. However, Sophos is compatible with Windows 10 if you wish to use it but it is recommended that prior to installing it, you manually remove any other anti-virus products you might already have installed (e.g. McAfee, Symantec/Norton, etc.).
Available for Faculty and Staff. You may install one copy on one personal machine at home for the duration of your career at Oxy. Please email the Technology Helpdesk to let us know that you'd like to pick up a copy of the software so that we can provide you with the install disc.
Available for Faculty and Staff. OxyAccess (provided through a software called Parallels RAS) provides access to files stored on your G: and H: network drives. PC users can also be set up to access their office PC desktop from a personal machine (useful if departmental software is installed locally on your Oxy PC). Contact the Technology Helpdesk to be set up for access. View installation instructions.
Available for Students, Faculty and Staff. You can use an FTP client that supports secure FTPS connections to access files stored on your Oxy network drives such as the G:, H: and S:/ drives. View set-up instructions.
If you would like to purchase software for yourself or your department, please contact the Technology Helpdesk with your request. We'll work with you to make sure the software will work in our network environment, review the licensing you need, obtain the quote and place the order. Note that we have a Volume License Agreement with Adobe that allows us to get the best possible pricing for Occidental College Adobe licenses. Pick a single product from their catalog or compare the Creative Suite options, let us know what you would like to purchase, and we'll take it from there.