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UMass Amherst Information Technology helps students, faculty, and staff obtain free and low-cost software, and provides support for a wide range of software.

Free & Discounted Software


  • Database management
  • Desktop publishing
  • Email & calendaring
  • Operating systems
  • Presentations
  • Spreadsheets
  • Word processing

Examples: Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Windows

Program(s) Audience/Eligibility Savings
Microsoft Office 365 Education Faculty, staff & all students Free
Microsoft DreamSpark All Students taking STEM courses* & faculty in STEM departments* Free
Microsoft Campus Agreement Departments, faculty & Staff Free for university-owned computers, discounted for personally-owned computers
GovConnection Faculty, staff & all students Discounted

Adobe Creative Suite

  • Photo & desktop publishing
  • Video production
  • Web design & development

Examples: Acrobat, Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro

Program(s) Audience/Eligibility Savings
Adobe Campus Agreement Faculty, staff & all students Free for University-owned computers
Faculty, staff, active graduate students & undergraduate students Discounted for personally owned computers

Science, Statistics & Mathematics

  • Data Manipulation
  • Management & analysis
  • Forecasting
  • Graphics & visualization
  • Simulation
  • Technical computing
Program(s) Audience/Eligibility Savings
Mathematica Faculty & Staff Discounted
Students Free
MATLAB Faculty, research staff & GEO graduate students Discounted
Minitab Faculty & staff Discounted for university-owned computers only
OriginPro Faculty, staff & all students Discounted
SAS** Faculty & staff & all students Discounted
SPSS** Faculty, staff & students Discounted
Stata Faculty & staff Discounted for university-owned computers only

Qualitative & mixed-methods research
Collect, organize & analyze content from interviews, focus group discussions, surveys, audio, social media, and the web.

Program(s) Audience/Eligibility Savings
NVivo Faculty, research staff & students Discounted

Linux Operating Systems

Program(s) Audience/Eligibility Savings
Ubuntu UMass IT professionals, faculty, staff, and students Free

*Microsoft Defined Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) courses

** Classroom/Lab discounts are available for SAS & SPSS licenses. Call 413-545-9730 or email for eligibility.


Last Updated: Sep. 22, 2015