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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, 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. 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. 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:

Dream it. Make it.
With Adobe Creative Cloud

Get a subscription direct from Adobe for Creative Cloud All Apps which includes 20+ apps, including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Students get 60% off the regular price for the first year. Students pay US$19.99/mo the first year, and US$29.99/mo after that. Regular price is US $52.99/mo.

Electronic Software Downloads (ESD)

ESD is a website partnership with The Douglas Stewart Company to provide direct download access to select educationally priced software. You can browse the library of software available here on our ESD Website.


ESD Ordering Instructions:

  1. Add the selected software to the cart and enter your email address and name to transfer your cart to the bookstore for payment. You will receive an on-screen confirmation number as well as an email with this information.
  2. Bring this confirmation number to the ISU Book Store Tech Cyte department (1150 Memorial Union) to complete your purchase or reference this number on an intramural/department order request emailed to [email protected]. If you cannot come to the store during store hours, please give us a call to process your payment over the phone - 515-294-8357.
  3. Once your payment has been completed, your order will be processed on the ESD website and you will receive an email with the download and activation instructions for your product(s). Returns are not allowed for any ESD after the license key has been delivered.

ImagineAzure Dev Tools for Teaching

Azure Dev Tools for Teaching (formerly Microsoft Imagine) is a Microsoft Program that supports technical education by providing access to Microsoft software for learning and teaching purposes including the most current Microsoft operating systems, server products (e.g, SQL Server), development software (e.g., Visual Studio, SDKs, DDKs), applications (e.g., Project, Access), and training tools (e.g., Azure).  

License Information: Azure Dev Tools for Teaching is available to use at no charge for educational purposes, and cannot be used for infrastructure or commercial development. For license questions contact [email protected].

To download Azure Dev Tools for Teaching products: Go to Azure Dev Tools for Teaching and sign in using your ISU Net-ID and password. 


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.


OnTheHub educationally-priced software available for students to download purchase includes: Windows 10 Education for Students and assorted additional software. 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.

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