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The following links will help you find everything you want to know about software and applications at KU: what software is offered free, what is available at a reduced price, where to get training, and what software is installed in the open computer labs on campus.

KU students can get a free copy of Microsoft Office or Windows, and KU faculty and staff can purchase discounted Microsoft Office and Windows products by choosing from the list below.

Customers are permitted to use software under the terms of a license which sets out what they can and cannot do with the software. Using software in any way which breaches the license, or using software without a license, is considered misuse of software.

  Software/Application Category Eligibility
Adobe Acrobat XI logo

Adobe Acrobat XI

Adobe Acrobat XI is an advanced PDF editor and converter.
Teaching & Learning, Multimedia Students
After Effects logo

After Effects

Adobe After Effects is animation and creative compositing software used by motion graphics and visual effects artists.
Multimedia Students
ArcGIS logo


GIS (Geographic Information System) software allows you to visualize, query and analyze the geographic aspects of a body of data.
Analysis & Modeling; Teaching & Learning; Research Students
Audacity logo


Audacity is a free, open source, cross-platform multi-track audio editor and recorder.
Teaching & Learning; Multimedia Students
Autodesk logo


Autodesk offers a suite of products for 2D and 3D computer-aided design, including AutoCAD.

Analysis & Modeling Students
Camtasia logo

Camtasia 2 for Mac

Camtasia is a powerful, yet easy-to-use screen recorder.

Teaching & Learning; Multimedia Students
ChemOffice Ultra

ChemOffice Ultra

ChemOffice Ultra is a suite of chemistry and biology related software packages.
Analysis & Modeling Students
Adobe Creative Cloud logo

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud is a cloud-based creative software service, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere and many more.
Teaching & Learning, Multimedia Students


The Departmental Executive Management Information System (DEMIS) is a web-based planning and management information system.
Campus Applications Faculty/Staff
Dreamweaver logo


Adobe Dreamweaver is visual development software for creating, publishing, and managing websites and mobile content.
Multimedia Students
EndNote logo


EndNote is a software tool that helps researchers gather, manage, and cite references to scholarly literature and materials.
Research Students

Enroll & Pay

Enroll & Pay, also known as Campus Solutions, is a Web-based enterprise for student enrollment, payment, faculty grade entering, and more.
Campus Applications Students
ERDAS logo

ERDAS Imagine

Geospatial image processing and analysis software package
Analysis & Modeling; Research; Teaching & Learning Faculty/Staff
Final Cut logo

Final Cut Pro X for Mac

Apple's Final Cut Pro X is a professional video editing software.
Teaching & Learning; Multimedia Students


A Web-based tool that is required to enter payments, deposits, expense reports, P-card reconciliations or budget transfers.
Campus Applications Faculty/Staff
Garage Band logo

Garage Band 6 for Mac

Apple’s GarageBand is a music creation studio.
Teaching & Learning; Multimedia Students
Illustrator logo


Adobe Illustrator is vector graphics software used to create digital graphics, illustrations, and typography for all kinds of media.
Multimedia Students
iMovie logo

iMovie 9 for Mac

Apple's iMovie 9 is video-editing software.
Teaching & Learning; Multimedia Students
InDesign logo


Adobe InDesign is a professional page layout application for print and digital publishing.
Multimedia Students
Killer Tracks logo

Killer Tracks

Killer Tracks is an online professional production music library.
Multimedia Students

KU Anywhere

An extension of the KU VPN (Virtual Private Network) service, KU Anywhere allows secure access to resources on the KU network.
Connectivity; Campus Applications Faculty/Staff
Maple logo


Maple is a statistical software package for advanced mathematics.
Analysis & Modeling Students


MATLAB is a high-level language and interactive environment for numerical computation, visualization, and programming.
Analysis & Modeling; Research; Statistical Research Students
Microsoft Office logo

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is an office suite of desktop applications, servers and services for the Microsoft Windows and OS X operating systems.
Office Tools Students
Windows logo

Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Windows is a graphical interface operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Microsoft.
Operating Systems Students
Minitab logo


Minitab is a statistical package that provides a broad range of basic and advanced data analysis techniques.
Statistical Research Students
Oracle logo


KU uses Oracle as a database management system and for online applications such as Enroll & Pay and HR/Pay.
Databases Faculty/Staff
Photoshop logo


Adobe Photoshop is digital imaging software, used by photographers, designers, Web professionals and video professionals.
Multimedia Faculty/Staff
Premiere logo


Adobe Premiere is nonlinear video editing software. Premiere allows users to import and edit virtually any type of video media.
Multimedia Students
Read&Write logo


Read&Write supports people who struggle with reading and writing, learning disabilities and learning English.
Teaching & Learning Students
Red Hat logo

Red Hat (Linux)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is a version of the Linux operating system (OS).
Operating System
(No technical support provided by KU IT.)
Respondus logo

(Exam Creator and LockDown Browser)
Respondus helps instructors create and facilitate online exams.

Teaching & Learning Faculty/Staff
SAS logo


SAS is a flexible and extensible fourth-generation programming language designed for data access, transformation and reporting.
Statistical Research Students
SigmaPlot logo


SigmaPlot is a statistical data analysis and graphic visualization package that is part of the Systat software family.
Analysis & Modeling; Statistical Research Students
Skype for Business logo

Skype for Business

Microsoft Skype for Business allows you to communicate and connect with colleagues using chat, voice, video and online meetings across multiple devices.
Connectivity; Office Tools Students
SoftChalk logo


SoftChalk is a lesson creation tool that allows educators to transform existing course materials into interactive and engaging e-learning content with minimal time, effort and resources.
Teaching & Learning Faculty/Staff
Sophos logo

Sophos Antivirus

Sophos Antivirus is software that detects and eliminates viruses, worms and Trojans on your computer or network.
Security Students
SPSS logo


SPSS is modular statistics software for the analytical process.
Statistical Research Students
Stata logo


Stata is a command-driven statistical package for statistical analysis, data management and graphic presentations.
Analysis & Modeling; Statistical Research Students
VoiceThread logo


VoiceThread is a cloud-based application that allows users to upload, share and discuss documents, presentations, images, audio files and videos.
Teaching & Learning;

If you have suggestions for software that KU should offer campus wide, please email the KU Hardware/Software Advisory Committee at If you need to purchase software for a KU-owned computer and don't find what you need here, please work with your department to purchase the software through the KUPPS website maintained by KU Procurement Services.

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KU offers free training on select software to the entire KU Community. Click here to view the upcoming workshops being offered.

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Faculty and staff who need to purchase software for a KU-owned computer, should work with their department to purchase the software through the KUPPS website maintained by KU Procurement Services.

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KU students, faculty and staff can download free and discounted software through the KU Software Web Store. Log in to see what software is available based on eligibility.

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