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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.

All information is subject to change.

Applications How to Obtain   Notes
Adobe Creative Cloud
PurchasePurchase required.
Students may purchase Adobe Creative Cloud from Rice OntheHub


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.
The download link provides instructions for installation.
 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 19.1
(Windows or Mac)
 RegistrationNo purchase required.
Installation available for personal computers. 
Site licenses for version 19.1 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
LabView Windows: Download
Mac: Download
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)
DownloadNo 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)
OIT TicketUpdate : Changes are being made to the Rice University Office 365 Portal on August 14-17, 2020. OIT will assign O365 licenses upon completion of maintenance.  Please do not sign up through the Microsoft website.
Wait until August 18 and return here for software link. 

 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.

SolidWorks 2020-2021
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.


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."
Stata  PurchasePurchase required.
Stata Campus GradPlan pricing is available here

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.
 Xming X for Windows DownloadNo purchase required.   
Installation available on personal computers. 
Zoom Video Communication

No purchase required. 
All students have Zoom License accounts (formerly call Pro accounts).
Getting Started with Zoom
Zoom for Rice Students
Using Zoom in Canvas

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Owner:Diane Y.Group:Rice University
Created:2016-11-24 10:08 CDTUpdated:2020-08-13 08:49 CDT
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