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, and Kurzweil software offers.





Microsoft Office 365

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 365 on your personally owned devices, including versions for Windows, Macs, iOS devices, and Android devices.


Retirees, alumni, casual or temporary employees, consultants, contractors, teaching assistants,visiting scholars and emeriti are NOT COVERED under our Microsoft Campus Agreement. Only current Amherst employees and students may purchase this software. When an employee or student leaves the College they must uninstall the software.

Who is Eligible? Microsoft Products Available 
  • Amherst Current Employees
  • Amherst Current, Full-Time Students

Office 365 ProPlus






Adobe Creative Cloud

Amherst College's current Adobe Campus License Agreement allows Amherst faculty and staff to leverage the campus license on personal devices as an extension of their work. Current full-time students also have access to the Creative Cloud suite while they are enrolled. 

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

Who is Eligible? Adobe Products Available
Amherst Current Employees

Adobe Creative Cloud Campus License (free for faculty and staff)

Amherst Current,
Full-Time Students

Adobe Creative Cloud License (free for full-time students)

Kurzweil 3000

Kurzweil 3000 is an educational and assistive technology providing reading, writing and study support. Amherst currently has a site-wide license making this powerful software available to all current employees and students. Kurzweil 3000 runs as a desktop application on Mac or Windows, but it also has a web-based service called "Firefly", an iOS app, and a Chrome extension for reading the web. One account gets you access to all of these options.