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Software for College Computers

The Amherst College IT Department makes many software programs available to the campus community, for use while at Amherst and for use with College-owned computers. Please see the table of Available Software.

Getting Started: 

We have several methods of making software available to the College Community:

  • Some software is available as self-service and can be downloaded and installed from the Software network drives Winsoft (for Windows computers) or Macsoft (for Macintosh computers).
  • Some software is also OR only available on CDs.
  • Some software we provide a link for you to download it from the Internet.
  • Some software we send to you over the network using our Kace (Windows) or Casper (Macintosh) installer tools.
  • Some software you receive only via a request to Academic Technology.

Contact the IT Help Desk with general questions about software or to request installation.

Contact Academic Technology Services for software that requires a consultation appointment.

Additional Information: 

Software for Personally-owned Computers

The College licenses many commercial applications, and some of these licenses allow for students and employees to either obtain free copies of the software or to purchase personal licenses at a discount.

Features and Benefits: 

Take advantage of free or discounted software that you can use on your personal computers and devices for schoolwork or personal development.



In most cases you must be a current student or current employee of the college to be covered under the software license agreements.




Getting Started: 

See the articles below for Microsoft, Adobe, ESET, and Kurzweil software offers.

Microsoft Software

Amherst College's current Microsoft Campus License Agreement allows Amherst faculty, and students to subscribe free of charge to the Office 365 service. As part of this service you are able to download and install up to five instances of Microsoft Office 2016 on your personally owned devices, including versions for Windows, Macs, iOS devices, and Android devices.

Faculty and staff, but not students, are also able to purchase Microsoft Windows Operating System Upgrades for their personal comptuers for a nominal fee.


Adobe software

Amherst College's current Adobe Campus License Agreement allows Amherst faculty and staff employees to purchase an annual Adobe Creative Cloud subscription for a nominal fee. Current full-time students may purchase a monthly or annual Creative Cloud subscription with an educational discount. 

Retirees, alumni, casual or temporary employees, consultants, contractors, teaching assistants,visiting scholars and emeriti are NOT COVERED under our Adobe Campus Agreement.