MATLAB for Students

  • Version: MATLAB r2012b
  • Operating System: Windows (also available for Mac OS X)
  • Users: W&M Students (also available for Faculty)
  • Installation:  Send a request to including your name and W&M email address.  We will create a Mathworks account that will allow you to download the latest version and authorize your software.

You will need to contact the Technology Support Center to request a Mathworks account. Please see the Install Notes below.

MATLAB is a high-level language and interactive environment that enables you to perform computational and visualization intensive tasks faster than with traditional programming languages such as C, C++, and Fortran. The name MATLAB stands for Matrix Laboratory. The basic MATLAB operating structure is a matrix, and the program is designed especially to help compute problems with matrix and vector formulations. The program lets users manipulate numerical data and create graphical representations of the information. MATLAB also offers a complete programming environment that serves as a powerful tool for numerical applications.

Additionally, there are several MATLAB toolboxes available for use. MATLAB toolboxes are sets of MATLAB programs designed to solve a specific set or type of problem. The toolboxes William and Mary licenses are:

  • Simulink
  • Bioinformatics Toolbox
  • Control System Toolbox
  • Curve Fitting Toolbox
  • Data Acquisition Toolbox
  • Distributed Computing Toolbox
  • Image Processing Toolbox
  • Instrument Control Toolbox
  • Optimization Toolbox
  • Partial Differential Equation Toolbox
  • RF Toolbox
  • Signal Processing Blockset
  • Signal Processing Toolbox
  • SimMechanics
  • Simscape
  • Stateflow
  • Statistics Toolbox
  • Symbolic Math Toolbox
  • Wavelet Toolbox
Install Notes

The Mathworks licensing model has changed with the r2008a release. If you desire the latest version of Matlab please send a request to include your name and W&M email address. We will create a Mathworks account that will allow you to download the latest versions and authorize your software.

Activation Help with Installation and Activation Step by Step guides:

Our license will be renewed during the first week of October. Details for relicensing r2007x and r2008x will be posted here. To renew an r2008a license please use the Activate Matlab option in Programs > Matlab - follow the prompts, including logging into your Mathworks account.

License Renewals for pre r2008a

Please contact the Technology Support Center for information - older versions prior to r2008a are due to be retired.

License Agreement

During the License Term, Programs may be installed and used by student Licensed Users only on their personally owned or leased computers. The MathWorks, Inc, Inc Software License Agreement requires that Licensed Users may run multiple simultaneous Program sessions on not more than two (2) separate processors, whether located in the same or different computer. Licensee's faculty and academic staff cannot be considered "Licensed Users" under this TAH - Student Option.