Learn about free and discounted software for active students, faculty, and staff, campus software, and how to request software for your classroom.

Free and discounted software

SAS university edition

SAS University Edition is free and includes the SAS products Base SAS®, SAS/STAT®, SAS/IML®, SAS/ACCESS® Interface to PC Files, and SAS® Studio. Teachers, students, adult learners, and academic researchers can access the SAS University Edition software for noncommercial learning purposes. For more information, visit SAS University Edition. This edition of SAS works locally on your machine by using virtualization software and there are some limitations.

Adobe creative cloud (CC)

A one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) is available at no cost to active CSUMB students. There is a $9.75 fee for staff and faculty to get a redemption code.

To obtain Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) software, please follow these steps:

  1. Obtain an Adobe redemption code from the Monterey Bay Academic Software Center. It’s important for you to save your redemption code because it will only be available in the Software Center for 31 days.
  2. Follow the redemption instructions provided in your order details:
  • Write down your redemption code (shown in the order details)
  • Visit Adobe’s site to redeem your subscription
  • Follow the onscreen instructions on Adobe’s site

It is not necessary for you to purchase the Extended Access Guarantee or for you to opt-in for Adobe auto renewal.

Your subscription will expire in one-year. At that time, you can obtain a new Adobe redemption code to renew your subscription,but you cannot get a new code before the year is up.

Office 365 for students and faculty

Students and faculty get the online versions of Office for free.

More information on the program is available a Be sure to use your CSUMB email address.

Microsoft office and windows work-at-home license for staff and faculty

For a small fee, the following Microsoft titles are available through a work-at-home license (WAH) program for all CSUMB staff and faculty (list subject to change):

  • Office 2016
  • Office 2017
  • Windows 10 Upgrade
  • Windows 8.1 Upgrade

You can download the software from the Monterey Bay Academic Software Center. It is not necessary for you to purchase the Extended Access Guarantee.

This software should not be installed on a university owned machine.

Qualtrics online survey software

Qualtrics Online Survey Software is available for free to all active CSUMB Students, Staff and Faculty. Training, eBooks and reference guides are available on the Qualtrics website. Help is available through Qualtrics "Help & Feedback".

Symantec endpoint protection

Symantec Endpoint Protection is the anti-virus software for Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Mac OS X. You must be authenticated with your CSUMB OtterID before you can download this software.

Microsoft has a free Safety Scanner that is designed to work with your anti-virus software. It can help remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

Under no circumstances should this software be installed on a computer owned by CSUMB.

If you are logged into your personal Gmail/Google account, log out and back in to your CSUMB Google Apps account before trying the link:

By downloading, installing, and using this software, you agree to do so in accordance with CSUMB’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), CSU Policies and Procedures, and all applicable laws and statutes.

The software is provided “as is,” and you use the software at your own risk. Under no circumstances shall CSUMB be liable for direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages resulting from the use, misuse, or inability to use this software.

You agree to delete Symantec Endpoint Protection software from your personal computer when the agreement with Symantec expires, or upon leaving CSUMB any time before the agreement expires.

TechSmith and Camtasia Studio video editing software

Faculty and Staff have access to free TechSmith and Camtasia Studio software.

Zoom Online Meeting Software

Zoom professional accounts are available for all faculty, students, and staff at CSUMB. Get started at with your OtterID.

Training on how to use Zoom:

Request classroom software

Lab software review

The Lab Software Review is a joint process sponsored by Technology Support Services in cooperation with the Faculty Senate Technology Committee and the Center for Academic Technologies (CAT). The purpose of the review is to establish software content for academic computing labs at CSUMB.

The Fall 2018 Lab Software Review is now underway. The Fall 2018 review is a major update to establish software standards for the Fall 2018 lab loadsets. This is also the time to request software for the Winter 2019 session.

Lab software review schedule

  • March 8 through March 31, 2018: Faculty requests will be accepted for all software requests and configuration changes for the Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 sessions. We need to know all of your software requests, even if they have been installed for previous semesters.
  • April 2 through April 13, 2018: Requests are reviewed and changes/decisions communicated to requesters.
  • April 16, 2018: Fall 2018 loadset information will be published on this page.

Lab software request process for faculty

Step 1: Review existing lab loadsets

Review the base loadset to determine if the software you need is already included.

Step 2: Submit a request for software additions/upgrades

If the software you need is not listed, submit a lab software request. If you are not sure what software you need or have questions, contact your faculty representative or submit a lab software request and include a note indicating that you want to be contacted.

Step 3: Check the status of your request

Each lab software request creates a service ticket. You can check your request in Web Help Desk.

Proposed changes for Spring 2018

Software additions, upgrades, changes and retirements along with lab configuration changes and other issues (proposed changes will be posted below as they are received/reviewed).

Faculty representatives

Organizational representatives coordinate the communication between their faculty constituents and the Software Resource Coordinator for the purpose of proposing changes to the lab software loadsets. Representatives for the Review are:

  • AHSS/VPA: Stephanie Johnson
  • AHSS/MPA: Lanier Sammons
  • AHSS/WLC: Gus Leonard
  • AHSS/VPA: Angelica Muro
  • ASAP: Jay Singh
  • CAT: Troy Challenger
  • CPS/All: Vacant
  • LIB: Steve Watkins
  • SMART/MATH: Michael B. Scott
  • SMART/SEP: Margaret Geissler
  • SMART/SEP: Pat Iampietro
  • SMART/TAT: Chris Carpenter
  • SMART/ITCD: Kenneth Lontoc

Self-service software installation

The LANDesk Portal Manager allows self-service installation of CSUMB's commonly used software titles to CSUMB-managed Windows computers. The LANDesk Portal Manager now includes a security scan option so you can scan and update your computer at your convenience.

To access the Portal, go to Start Menu> All Programs> LANDesk Management>Portal Manager. You must be on-campus to use this service.

Once the Portal launches, check the box of the software that you'd like to install (only install one title at a time), then click Launch. If nothing is showing in the Portal, try clicking the refresh icon.

LanDesk Portal Manager

LanDesk Portal Manager

Once the software install is completed, you should see the appropriate icons on your desktop or in the Start Menu. Many software installs require a restart, so close all open applications and save your work before you use this service.

Office 2016 install notes: If you are upgrading from an earlier version of Office, you will need to "unpin" your Word, Excel and PowerPoint shortcuts by right-clicking on the icons in your taskbar and then select Unpin as shown below.

Unpin Office 2013 Word, Excel and PowerPoint shortcuts

Unpin Office 2013 Word, Excel and PowerPoint shortcuts

Security Scan: Use the "Security Scan" option to manually scan and update your computer. Save all of your work before you run the scan and it's best to run this when you are not using your computer. The scan usually takes 20-minutes to 2-hours (it depends on the last time your computer was last updated). You can lock or log-off your computer while the scan runs.

LANDesk Scan

Lab loadset lists

Online software tutorials