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How can I access STATA, SPSS, and SAS remotely?
Last Updated: Sep 21, 2023     Views: 5031

Here are detailed instructions for accessing the virtual desktop for STATA, SPSS, and SAS (educational use only). Please be aware that in order to access this software remotely via Amazon's AppStream, you will need a VUNet ID and will be required to use Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). After you implement MFA:

  • Open your web browser.
  • Go to
  • Enter your Vanderbilt email address or vuNet ID.
  • Accept the DUO prompt pushed to your default device.
  • Select one of your available catalogs.

  • Select either “Desktop” or the appropriate application.

  • It can take several minutes for your session to be prepared.
  • Enter your Vanderbilt password, if prompted.
  • Please be patient while you are logged into your session.

To end your session, simply close the browser window (there is no "Logout" option). Note that while any student can connect to the remote access, only three people at one time will be able to use SAS. The libraries will monitor usage and may increase capacity if necessary.

If you are interested in open alternatives, the library’s Digital Lab team can provide support for R. For more information, please visit the R lessons and resources page.  You can reach the Digital Lab team at

Answered By: Melissa Mallon