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Virtual Academic Space

Fordham's Virtual Academic Space, hosted by Apporto, provides students and faculty access to the software applications normally found in a campus computer lab or classroom.

Go to and login with your Fordham credentials; you may be asked for multi-factor authentication. The Virtual Academic Space can be accessed via any device. Google Chrome is recommended. No software download or installation is required.

Virtual Lab Applications 

Standard Virtual Desktop

  • Amos
  • Anaconda
  • Audacity
  • BlueJ
  • Browsers (Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox)
  • ChemDraw
  • Mathematica
  • Microsoft Office Professional (same application as found in library computers and labs)
  • Microsoft SQL Server Express
  • Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio
  • MS Visual Studio 2019
  • MS Visual Studio Code
  • Notepad++
  • Putty
  • Python
  • R and R Studio
  • SAS
  • Sniffy Pro
  • SPSS
  • Zotero

GPU Virtual Desktop

  • Adobe Creative Suite (log in using your Fordham email address)
  • AutoCAD
  • Blender
  • QGIS
  • VectorWorks
  • VLC

Direct Launch Applications

The following applications have a limited amount of licenses available, available on a first come, first served basis. If no license is available, please try again later.

The MongoDB and MSSQL applications launched from the Virtual Academic Space App Store will create docker and instruction files on the desktop folder of your Virtual Academic Space desktop session. 

  • Mplus
  • MongoDB (Please read MongoDB-Server-Password file for instructions)
  • MSSQL (Please read MSSQL-Server-Password file for instructions)
  • Oracle Database Express XE (Please read OracleXE-Manual file for instructions in the OracleXE folder on the desktop)

Computer Science Forensic Computing enrolled students have access to the two virtual desktops listed below.

  • Cyber Security VDI Desktop
  • ROS Noetic Desktop (Ubuntu)

Adding additional software to the Virtual Computer Lab

Additional software can be added to the virtual lab provided the University owns a valid license for it and it is required by an instructor. Contact IT Service Desk to make a request and Fordham IT will review the possibility of adding the software.


If you have a technical question about using virtual lab, you might find the answer in the Virtual Academic Space User quick guide or by visiting the Apporto Help Center. If you have trouble connecting to the virtual lab on your network or for additional assistance, please contact IT Service Desk.

Recommended network connection and saving files

For an optimal experience with the virtual lab, make sure you have a high bandwidth Internet connection. 

  • A wired connection is preferred. WiFi connections may be used, but graphics-intensive applications such as Adobe Premiere may function with delays. Smartphone hotspots are not recommended. 
  • Save your work frequently, especially if your network connection is unreliable. Save your work to your desktop or documents folder on your hard drive. This will ensure access to those files even when your session is disrupted due to a poor network connection.
  • Before you begin working with files in the Virtual Academic Space: If you're using Cloud Mounter to access files from cloud storage services such as OneDrive and Google Drive, copy or drag the files from Cloud Mounter to your desktop.