Software for Faculty & Staff

The software listed is available for faculty and staff only. Students should go to the software for students page.

For complete list of software to which Iowa State holds a license, e-mail Contact Your Solution Center to discuss adding new products or to purchase educationally discounted software from Tech CYte.


Autodesk’s computer-aided design software is available for academic use at no charge. The Autodesk license allows installation on university-owned computers only.

Iowa State’s license includes AutoCAD including AutoCAD Architecture, Civil 3D, Electrical, Map 3D, MEP, Mechanical, Plant 3D, Raster Design, Structural Detailing, and Utility Design. Also available are Autodesk’s products including Alias Design, Infrastructure Modeler, Inventor Professional, Mudbox, Navisworks Manage, Quantity Takeoff, Revit, Robot Structural Analysis Professional, Showcase, Simulation Moldflow Adviser Ultimate, Simulation Multiphysics, SketchBook Designer, Vault Basic, 3DS Max Design, Maya, Motion Builder, and Softimage.

For support: E-mail


ChemDraw, the drawing program used by professional chemists and biologists, is free to use. Windows and Mac versions of the ChemDraw software can be found on CambridgeSoft.

For support and questions: E-mail Stephen Heideman or Christopher Campbell

Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client

Cisco AnyConnect is available for use on both Iowa State and personal systems.

Download Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client

For support and questions: Contact Your Solution Center

ERDAS Imagine

ERDAS Imagine, a geospatial image processing software, includes photogrammetry, image processing and remote sensing tools. ERDAS Imagine is available to use on university-owned computers. There is a yearly fee for installation and use.

Request ERDAS Imagine

For questions and rates: E-mail Robin McNeely


ESRI ArcGIS is a GIS creating, analyzing, viewing, and serving software available for free on university-owned computers. Iowa State’s license includes ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcPad, Server, and SDE.

Request ESRI ArcGIS

For support and questions: E-mail Robin McNeely


Mathematica is a program that combines visualization capabilities with computer algebra, and has usage in both research and educational fields. It is free to use on university-owned equipment, or equipment that is located at an Iowa State facility. Iowa State's license for Mathematica cannot be used for commercial, federal, or non-academic use. For license information contact

To install Mathematica: Visit the Wolfram User Portal and create an account using your Iowa State e-mail address

For installation instructions and support: Visit Mathematica Support


The MathWorks TAH Program provides MATLAB at no charge. MATLAB, the high-level language and interactive environment, allows users to perform high-level computational tasks quicker than using C, C++, or Fortran. A full list of MathWorks products available to faculty and staff can be found at

MATLAB can be installed on Windows, Mac, and Unix computers. This software cannot be used for commercial, federal, or non-academic use. For license information contact

For support: Visit MathWorks Support

Microsoft Office

The Microsoft Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES) program provides Office 365 ProPlus for free for personal use. The software can be installed on up to five computers (Windows or Mac) and on five mobile devices of their choice. The benefits of the ProPlus program will end when the employee leaves Iowa State, and the software will function in read-only mode until a license or subscription is purchased by the user.

Download Office 365 Software

Educationally discounted software is available for faculty and staff to purchase through Tech CYte

Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials is an anti-virus software recommended for use on personally-owned Windows computers.


Qualtrics is a web-based survey service available at no cost for non-profit use only. Qualtrics allows users to easily create and distribute surveys; collect and store data; analyze data; and produce reports. Join the Iowa State Qualtrics users group to receive additional information about Qualtrics. E-mail to join. For license information contact

To create a survey: Go to Qualtrics and sign in using your Net-ID and password

For support: Visit Qualtrics Support

Red Hat Enterprise

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), the open source operating system, includes work station, advanced server, ES, and desktop versions of RHEL. Users installing multiple copies of the software are encouraged to contribute to the annual license fee payment. For license information contact


SAS statistical software is available for free to use on Windows computers. The software may only be used for teaching and research. Users have access to SAS programs like base SAS, SAS/Connect, SAS/Insight and many others in the SAS Education Analytic Suite. For license information contact

Request or Renew SAS

For technical support: Contact


SAS JMP’s statistical software is available to use at no charge. JMP links statistics with graphics for users to see the relationships among data. SAS JMP comes complete with traditional statistical tools as well as quality-control features all in one program.

For support and questions: E-mail


Smartsheet is a software as a service (SaaS) application for collaboration and work management. It's spreadsheet-like interface is used to assign tasks, track project progress, manage calendars, share documents and manage other work. There is a yearly fee for installation and use.

To request a license: Complete the Request Smartsheet (Note: an intramural purchase order form is required to complete the request form)

For support: E-mail for troubleshooting and technical questions or for assistance related to product knowledge and configuration


SPSS is a statistical software package available for windows and Mac platforms. SPSS is a modular, tightly-integrated, full-featured product line for the analytical process - planning, data collection, data access and management, analysis, reporting, and deployment. There is an annual maintenance fee per license for SPSS. For license information contact

Distributed Versions of SPSS:

Note: SPSS cannot be used while traveling in the following countries: Iran, Syria, North Korea, Sudan, Cuba, Libya, Myanmar, Zimbabwe, and Iraq.

  • Campus Value (Network)
    • Version 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 + future upgrades
    • Modules included: Base, Custom Tables, Advanced, Regression and Amos-Windows
  • Campus Value (Authorized Users)
    • Version 20, 21, 22, 23 + future upgrades
    • Modules included: Base, Custom Tables, Advanced, Regression, and Amos-Windows
  • Standalone
    • Version 19
    • Modules included: Base, Custom Tables, Advanced, Regression, and Amos-Windows

Symantec Endpoint Protection

Symantec Endpoint Protection is antivirus software available for use on university-owned Macintosh computers. For license information contact

The software is available through Your Solution Center.