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Software Available for Students

Below is a list of software that current Rice students can obtain for free or purchase at a discounted rate. Installation on personally owned computers is the responsibility of the student. OIT is not responsible for installation on personal computers.

Please check this site frequently as new services and resources may become available. 

All information is subject to change.

Applications How to Obtain   Notes
Adobe Creative Cloud

Contact OIT
Help Desk
New! No purchase required. 
Adobe Creative Cloud is free for students for the spring 2020 semester (only).

No purchase required. 
Click here for credentials required to access free tutorials and training.
ArcGIS Desktop (ESRI)
DownloadNo purchase required.
Installation available for personal computers. 
Click here for more information on accessing ArcGIS software.
 AutoCADDownload No purchase required.
Free student software from Autodesk Education Community 
Azure Dev Tools for Teaching

  • Microsoft Azure for Student Starter
  • Microsoft Imagine Standard

Download No purchase required.  
Azure software and the cloud platform are accessible via the online portal. Verified students can get free access to Azure and $100 in credit. One-stop access to additional training and learning materials via Microsoft Learn.

ChemDraw Professional 
Version 17
(Windows or Mac)
 RegistrationNew!  No purchase required.
Installation available for personal computers. 
Site licenses for version 17 and later are administered through Flexnet Operations. 
Cisco VPN DownloadNo purchase required.
Students must accept the Virtual Private Network (VPN) Agreement in order download VPN software. Visit KB for more information on VPN.
(Windows or Mac)
PurchasePurchase required. 
Installation available for personal computers. 
(Windows, Linux, Mac)


No purchase required.
Register with your email for free access.
Quick Start Guides
JMP (from SAS)
Statistical Software
JMP Pro 14 (Mac)
JMP Pro 14 (Win)
No purchase required. 
Installation available for personal computers. 
Note: JMP is no longer supported on Windows 32-bit computers.
(Windows only)
No purchase required. 
Installation available for personal computers. 
The Download link provides information needed to activate free license.
Purchase required.   
Installation available for personal computers. 
Mathematica / 
WolframAlpha Pro
(Windows, Mac, or Linux)
DownloadNew! No purchase required.   
Installation available for personal computers. 
No purchase required.  
The MATLAB Total Academic Headcount (TAH) agreement with MathWorks provides current students, faculty, and staff with campus-wide access to MATLAB. 

Visit the Mathworks/Rice Portal for:
  • MATLAB Online
  • MATLAB Mobile
  • MATLAB Self-pace courses

For existing MATLAB accounts from a previous institution:
  • Back-up all MATLAB files associated with your previous institution's account.
  • Contact MATLAB before you access the Rice University portal. 
Microsoft | Office 365
(Windows or Mac)
Sign up
No purchase required. 
Office 365 is free to current Rice faculty, staff, and students by registering with your account.  
For more information, visit: "How do I obtain Office 365 Education?"

 DownloadNo purchase required. 

Before you install - Review  Step 1: ReadMe document for instructions

PurchasePurchase required. 
Parallels can be purchased from Rice On the Hub.
(Windows only)
DownloadNo purchase required. 
R Studio Desktop DownloadNo purchase required for R Studio Open Source Version 
No purchase required for 90-day evaluation versions.
Saving and plug-ins will not work after 90 days unless you purchase.
Rice On the Hub
 WebstoreDiscounts are available on academic software purchased through Rice On the Hub by registering an account with your Rice email address. If you do not see items to purchase, you must reset your eligibility.
No purchase required. 
Register with your account to access the software.
Visit the SAS Academic Hub for information on free e-learning and teaching materials.



Download No purchase required.
Submit an OIT Ticket with the following information:
  • Name
  • NetID
  • Rice Email Account 
Expiration: 6/30/2020
SolidWorks 2019-2020
Education Edition  

No purchase required. 
Rice students and educators can participate in the SolidWorks Student License Program by registering with your Rice NetID and password.

Expiration: 7/31/2020


No purchase required.
Rice NetID and password required to download.
(Windows only)
DownloadNo purchase required. 
Rice NetID and password are required to download. 
For more information, visit: "How to obtain and install ssh for Windows."


 License and Activation Key


No purchase required.

Open and Save License and Activation Key document
Step 2: Answer "YES" - you have the Serial Number in document from Step 1.
Expiration: June 1, 2020
Stata  PurchasePurchase required.
Stata Campus GradPlan pricing is available here

(COVID 19)
DownloadNo purchase required.   
This will download a 30-day trial version.
V-ray Plug-in for Rhino Version 5/32-bit

Version 5/64-bit
No purchase required.   
Learn more here: "V-Ray for Rhino 6 3.60.03."
WolframAlpha Pro DownloadNo purchase required.   
Installation available on personal computers.
Zoom Video CommunicationNew! No purchase required. 
3-20: All students are in the process of being transitioned from Basic accounts to Zoom License accounts (formerly call Pro accounts).
Getting Started with Zoom
Zoom for Rice Students
Using Zoom in Canvas

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