UC Santa Cruz has a Campus-Wide License for Mathworks MATLAB, Simulink, and add-on products. Faculty, researchers, students, and staff may use these products for teaching, research, and learning. The license allows individuals to install the products on university-owned equipment, as well as personally owned computers.

About MATLAB and Simulink

MATLAB, the language of technical computing, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. Simulink is a graphical environment for simulation and Model-Based Design of multidomain dynamic and embedded systems. MathWorks produces nearly 100 additional products for specialized tasks such as data analysis and image processing.

If MATLAB is prompting you that your license is going to expire
Your MATLAB individual campus license needs to re-activate via the internet. Please follow the instructions here: How can I update or reactivate my Campus-Wide License?

Download and Install MATLAB Software

MATLAB software is available as a self-service installation for individual user computers. If you have installed MATLAB in the past, please re-download and install to access the full set of tools available under the campus license.

Download the Installer

  1. Visit the UC Santa Cruz MATLAB Portal
    Select ‘Sign in to get started’ under the Get MATLAB and Simulink section.
  2. Create a MathWorks account using your UCSC email address.
    You may be asked to login with your CruzID Gold account to validate your eligibility first.
  3. Log in to your MathWorks account.
  4. Click the download button for the current release (you can also download previous releases here).
  5. Choose a supported platform and download the installer.

Install and activate

  1. Run the installer
  2. In the installer, select Log in with a MathWorks Account and follow the online instructions.
  3. When prompted to do so, select the Academic – Total Headcount license labeled Individual.
  4. Select the products you want to download and install.
  5. After downloading and installing your products, keep the Activate MATLAB checkbox selected and click Next.
  6. Follow the prompts to activate MATLAB.

Need Assistance?

Contact MathWorks Installation Support here (Also available on Portal)

Users of Concurrent Licenses in Academic Divisions

Existing users of MATLAB in Academic Divisions may need assistance to switch to the new campus license.

Please contact your local IT staff if you currently access MATLAB via a License Server (Concurrent Network Licensed).

Licensed served installs are applicable to those using shared University owned lab computers.

These users may continue using their existing network license and will require to do so in order to operate older releases of Matlab.

Access MATLAB Online

A lightweight web-based version of MATLAB that doesn't require downloads or installation is available at MATLAB Online.

MATLAB Training

Access a self-paced training library

Other Features and Benefits

  • MATLAB and Simulink Full Suite:
    • All MathWorks products offered for academia (over 90 products)

    • New products are added as they are released

  • MATLAB Courseware:

    • MATLAB Courseware page
    • Downloadable sets of curriculum materials for educators based on MATLAB and Simulink

    • Curriculum materials for many courses from engineering and the sciences to economics and finance

    • Over 2000 books based on MATLAB and Simulink, reflecting widespread use in research and teaching

  • Additional Resources:

    • MATLAB Mobile – Connect to MATLAB from your iPhone, iPad, or Android device
    • MATLAB Drive Store, access, and manage your MATLAB files from anywhere
    • Hardware Connectivity – Support Packages – Connect to hardware with MATLAB and Simulink


All UCSC faculty, students, and staff are eligible to use MATLAB.


MATLAB licenses are provided to the campus free of charge.

Get Help

Contact MathWorks Support
MathWorks Customer Support is available Monday-Friday, 5:30AM to 7PM

Problem creating your MathWorks account?
Campus support is provided Monday-Friday, 8AM to 5PM through the ITS Support Center.