ITS maintains a site license for MATLAB that allows for its installation on Student, Faculty, and Staff computers as well as Academic Computer Labs, and Smart Classroom podium computers. Free training on MATLAB is available from the MathWorks website.

Installing MATLAB

On my College-provided device

Faculty and Staff may install MATLAB using the Software Center for Windows or Managed Software Center for Macs.

If you do not see it listed in Software Center, please Contact the Help Desk.

On my personal device

Get an activation key and download the installer
  1. Verify you are a member of Lafayette College by logging into this survey to receive an activation key.
  2. Log into the MathWorks License Center to associate the activation key with your MathWorks account.
  3. Click Associate License in the upper-right hand corner.
  4. When prompted to do so, enter the activation key you received after verifying your status as a member of Lafayette College.
  5. Download the current release of MATLAB. Choose the installer that matches your computer’s operating system.
Install and activate MATLAB
  1. Locate the downloaded MATLAB installer, unzip it, and install it following the prompts.
  2. In the MathWorks installer, select “Log in with a MathWorks Account” and click Next.
  3. After reading and accepting the license agreement, enter your Lafayette email address and your MathWorks account password.
  4. Select the license you registered earlier.
  5. Select the products you want to install, then follow the prompts to install them.
  6. Prior to finishing the installation process, be sure the “Activate MATLAB” checkbox remains selected.
  7. Verify the displayed user name is correct, which should display as your Lafayette NetID. Continue with the process until activation is complete.

Update your license

On my College-provided device

Updates will be provided via the Software Center for Windows or Managed Software Center for Macs.

If you do not see the latest version listed in Software Center, please Contact the Help Desk.

On my personal device

The license on your personal device expires every August and requires users to reactivate the software. Please follow the instructions on this page to reactive your software.

Using MATLAB Online

Using MATLAB Online

Get an activation key and Create mathworks account
  1. Verify you are a member of Lafayette College by logging into this survey to receive an activation key.
  2. Log into the MathWorks License Center to associate the activation key with your MathWorks account.
  3. Click Associate License in the upper-right hand corner.
  4. When prompted to do so, enter the activation key you received after verifying your status as a member of Lafayette College.
ACCESS MATLAB online
  1. Go to https://matlab.mathworks.com/ and sign in using the account you created above.
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