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Software for ISU Students

Tech Cyte offers a wide variety of software at educational prices for ISU students, faculty & staff, including Microsoft Office, Microsoft Windows, Adobe Creative Suite, and more! If you're looking for something that's not listed, just let us know and we'll see if we can special order it for you. Also, check out the ITS Software Asset Management page to find information about other software that has been licensed by ISU or one of its departments or units that may be available to ISU faculty, staff, and students.

Note: Student software that is purchased at Tech Cyte is eligible to be purchased with your U-Bill. When you purchase through one of the download sites below, you must purchase with a credit card.

Office365Office 365 ProPlus for Students

Office 365 ProPlus for Students is a FREE add-on for Office 365 that the university has access to as part of the Student Advantage program. Students can log in to Office 365, see their ProPlus license, and download the latest version of Office for free. Previous versions of the software, like Office 2010 for Windows, are also available for download. Office 365 will work on Windows, Mac, and mobile devices. Requires an active ISU email address.

While free to all registered Iowa State students, the benefits of the ProPlus program will be severed when an individual leaves the university. It is the understanding of ITS that the software will continue to function in a read only mode until the user opts to purchase a license or personal subscription. Should a new version of Office come out when the user is still a student, upgrading to that version will be free.

Please note: If you are in Computer Science 103 and you are a Mac user, you do not need to install Windows and the Windows version of Office on your computer. Please refer to Section 3 under the heading “How do I download and install programs over the Internet?” at the following link:


OnTheHub educationally-priced software available for students to download purchase includes: Microsoft Office, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Parallels, SPSS, and more. Requires an active ISU email address.

  1. Go to
  2. Log in with your ISU email and password.
  3. Add your desired software to the cart.
  4. Purchase software using a credit card. (when applicable)
  5. After purchase, you will be provided with a download link and product key. (when applicable)

NOTE: Save your product key somewhere safe. The website will only keep record of your product key for one month after purchase.


ImagineMicrosoft Imagine (formerly DreamSpark)

Imagine is a Microsoft Program that supports technical education by providing access to Microsoft software for learning, teaching and research purposes. The Imagine program includes the most current Microsoft operating systems, server products, and development software (Visual Studio, SDKs, DDKs), tools to be used in software development and teaching courses on software development and other computer-related topics.

Free software is available through the Iowa State IT Imagine program at This software will expire when you leave the university. Available software may change depending on a student’s major. Contact your college’s IT department for eligibility information.


CyBox is a place where you can store and share files for your own use, and share with others at ISU, or with collaborators anywhere in the world.


  • It's FREE! 50GB for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Simple sign-on with your Net-ID and password (off-campus collaborators use their box credentials to sign on).
  • Anywhere access, including mobile devices.
  • Meets all University standards for security and privacy.
  • Integration with Microsoft Outlook and Office programs.
  • Keep your account for life (for students), even after you leave Iowa State.

Getting Started:

To create or access your CyBox account, go to and log in with your Net-ID and password. Note: cookies must be enabled to log in.

AutodeskAutodesk Software

Autodesk software is design software and creativity apps used to make the buildings, products, games, and movies that inspire you. Hone your skills through collaboration, competition, and design challenges. You may just discover what it is you were meant to do…and build a portfolio that proves you can do it. Autodesk Education helps you imagine, design, and create a better world.

Free* Autodesk software for students: This is only available until you graduate.

*Free Autodesk software and/or cloud-based services are subject to acceptance of and compliance with the terms and conditions of the software license agreement or terms of service that accompany such software or cloud-based services. Software and cloud-based services provided without charge to Education Community members may be used solely for purposes directly related to learning, teaching, training, research or development and shall not be used for commercial, professional or any other for-profit purposes.