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Office and Academic Software for University Affiliates: Home

Software for Loyola Affiliates

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Loyola University New Orleans makes a variety of office and academic software suites available to students, faculty, and staff. The software listed below is available online, from any location, free of any additional charges. Major web browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer are generally compatible with these suites, so they can be accessed from most computers, tablets, and smart phones on which such browsers are available. Access depends on having an email address ending in or Access is available only to users currently affiliated with the university, and may be lost after graduating or otherwise leaving.

Google Suite

Google Logo: letters G-o-o-g-l-e in multiple colors.

Just by logging in to your Loyola email account, you have access to Drive (file storage space in the Cloud), Docs (word processor), Sheets (spreadsheets), Slides (presentations), Calendar, Keep (note-taking) and more. Just open another tab in the same browser (in which you are logged into email) and type the name of the App, such as,, etc. Or click on the Apps icon near the upper right of your Loyola email page.

the icon will look something like this: 

If you're using Loyola email for the first time, point your web browser to Type in the full Loyola email address you were given. Your STARTER password should be the first two letters of your first name (in lower case), followed by the last four digits of your Social Security Number, followed by the lower letters "lu" (for Loyola University). You should give this a new password immediately after logging in for the first time.

Help with Google Suite programs is available at:

Your emails and files in Google Suite are backed up by Loyola's Information Technology team. They may be able to help you recover lost data, if the loss is noticed in a reasonable amount of time.

Microsoft Office 365 for Education

Logo: Microsoft Office 365

An academic version of Microsoft Office 365 includes One Drive (file storage in the Cloud), Word (word processing), Excel (spreadsheets), PowerPoint (presentation slides), OneNote (note-taking) and more. Microsoft Access and Publisher are NOT available in this version. 

To connect to your Office 365 account for the first time, visit this web page: Type in your complete Loyola email address and click the Get Started button. Your STARTER password will be the first two letters of your first name (lower case), followed by the last four digits of your Social Security Number, followed by the upper-case letters "LU". You will be required to create a new and reasonably secure password as soon you log in. The program will also ask for an alternate (non-Loyola) email address and a cell-phone number for security purposes. 

After that initial setup, you can log in from anywhere at

Help with the Microsoft Office suite can be found at:

NOTE: Your One Drive data will be deleted and access to Office 365 will be canceled when you graduate or otherwise leave Loyola. Backup any files you want to keep, if you anticipate leaving. 

VLAB (Virtual Computer Laboratory)

Word Cloud with names of programs included in VLABVLAB (Virtual Computer Laboratory)

VLAB provides a variety of software, including programming languages, statistical and mathematical software, and media editing programs. Some of the included programs are ArcMap, Audacity, MatLab, Visual Basic, Wolfram Mathematica and SPSS.  Microsoft Office programs, including Access and Publisher, are also part of the suite. 

You can find VLAB on the web at

Log in with your Loyola email address (you can type just the letters that appear to the left of the "@"). Your password is the first two letters of your first name, lower case, followed by the last four digits of your Social Security Number. You can change the password after you log in, but you don't have to. 

When using VLAB you have your own folder (within a set of folders) in which to store the files you create. You can upload files into that folder, and download files from the folder to your computer, using the upload and download buttons that appear at the far right of the screen (you might have to start at least one of the programs before the upload and download buttons appear). Trying to get the programs in VLAB to work directly with files residing on your local computer or device is likely to cause difficulties. It is usually more practical, therefore, to upload a file you are working on from your computer to VLAB, use the VLAB software to update the file, then bring the latest version of that file back down to your computer or device. Loyola recommends that you keep only work in progress on the VLAB server, maintaining copies on your own computer or device for long-term storage.

Each of the programs within the VLAB suite has separate help available.

Technical Support

If you didn't report a Social Security Number when applying to Loyola, or feel the Social Security Number information on file might be incorrect, you need to contact Student Records to find the numeric portion of your starter and default passwords for these software suites. The providers of the various programs described above each have their own set of help pages that explain how to use their products. For help resetting passwords or general connectivity, contact Loyola's department of Information Technology.