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. 

Features include:

  • Reading - converting text-to-speech
  • Writing - planning and organizing writing and hearing your writing read back to you
  • Study tools - organizing content, listening to content, highlighting, embedding notes, vocabulary tools

First: Sign up for a Kurzweil Account

Amherst College Self-Enrollment Link

Note: You must log in with your Amherst user name and password to access the Self-Enrollment Link webpage to get your account and log in information. As part of requesting the software you must provide an Amherst College email address.

Second: Download the Software

While some students are content with the web-based version of Kurzweil, we do recommend the desktop versions since they offer the greatest functionality and reliability.

Note that these are large downloads! We suggest getting on a wired connection if possible. 

Other ways to use Kurzweil:

Who is Eligible?

  • Amherst Current Employees
  • Amherst Current Full-Time Students

Help & User Guides

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

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

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.


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
Faculty and Staff
Amherst Current
Full-Time Students

Office 365 ProPlus

Amherst Current Employees 
Faculty and Staff

Windows 8.1 Enterprise (upgrade)
Windows 7 Enterprise  (upgrade)








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.

Who is Eligible? Adobe Products Available
Amherst Current Employees
(Faculty and Staff)

Adobe Creative Cloud Annual subscription

Amherst Current
Full-Time Students

Adobe Creative Cloud Monthly or Annual subscription with educational discount