Software for Students

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

For a complete list of software to which Iowa State currently holds a license, e-mail Discounted software is available from Tech CYte.


Autodesk’s computer-aided design software is available at no charge for personal and educational uses, and includes popular programs like Revit, AutoCAD, Maya, and Inventor.

Autodesk allows students to design structures and objects in a 3D environment. The software is beneficial to engineers and designers of all skill levels and is used by professionals around the world. Contact with questions. 


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

Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client

Cisco AnyConnect is available for use on both Iowa State and personal systems. For questions regarding Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client, contact Your Solution Center.

Download Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client

ERDAS Imagine

ERDAS Imagine, a geospatial image processing software, is available for use on university-owned computers. ERDAS Imagine software includes photogrammetry, image processing and remote sensing tools. For questions regarding ERDAS Imagine e-mail

Request ERDAS Imagine


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. For questions regarding ESRI ArcGIS e-mail

Request ESRI ArcGIS 


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


MATLAB is available for free through the MathWorks Student Option Program. MATLAB allows users to perform computationally-intensive tasks faster than C, C++, or Fortran. A full list of available MATLAB products can be found at

MATLAB can only be installed on personally-owned computers, and cannot be used for commercial, federal, or non-academic uses. For license information contact

Download and Install MATLAB 

For support: Visit MathWorks Support

Microsoft Office

Iowa State University students have access to Office 365 ProPlus for free through the Student Advantage Program. This allows students to install Office on five computers (Windows or Mac) and on five mobile devices. The benefits of the ProPlus program will be severed when the student leaves Iowa State, and the software will function in read-only mode until a license or subscription is purchased by the user.

Office typically includes Excel, Word, Access and PowerPoint, and Publisher applications. To learn more about the ProPlus program visit the Office 365 ProPlus website. For license information contact

Download Office 365 Software

Educationally discounted software is available for students to purchase through Tech CYte.

Microsoft Security Essentials

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

Microsoft Windows

Student licensing for Microsoft Windows is available through Tech CYte. To learn more about Microsoft software, visit Tech CYte. Contact with questions.


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


SAS statistical software is available for free to use on Windows computers. The software can 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 for free. 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. Contact with questions.

Sophos Anti-Virus

Sophos Anti-Virus is an anti-virus software recommended for use on personally-owned Macintosh computers.

Download Sophos Anti-Virus

Sophos Installation support

VMware Academic Program

The VMware Academic Program (VMAP) supports the use of virtualization applications in teaching and research, and is available for free. The program provides both desktop and infrastructure software for individual use. VMAP is restricted for instructional and non-commercial research only, and cannot be used for infrastructure or commercial development.

Students can access the software by signing in to the VMware Academic Program Webstore using their Net-ID and password. Students will receive a confirmation e-mail containing the download link for the products selected after checking out. For questions regarding the VMware Academic Program contact

To download VMAP software: Visit the VMAP Webstore 

VMAP Terms and Conditions