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ArcGIS for Desktop-Student Licenses

The student copy may only be installed on a student personal computer, not a Texas A&M-owned computer. If intended to be installed in a Texas A&M-owned computer, ArcGIS must be purchased through the Texas A&M Software Center.

If you are interested in obtaining a free copy of ArcGIS Student Edition, we can provide one to you. Just please fill out, sign, and e-mail the form to us. There are four versions of the software. Please fill out the form according to the version you need:

Form ArcGIS (ArcInfo) 10
Form ArcGIS Advanced 10.1
Form ArcGIS for Desktop 10.2
Form ArcGIS for Desktop 10.3

Once you e-mail the form to us, we will send the authorization number and instructions for installation and how to obtain the software via internet. For versions 9.3 and 10, you will need to pick up a CD at the Map & GIS Library.


ArcGIS for Desktop-Faculty and Staff

You must purchase ArcGIS through the Texas A&M Software Center. The student copies are only to be installed in student personal computers, not a Texas A&M-owned computer. If intended to be installed in a Texas A&M-owned computer, ArcGIS must be purchased through the Texas A&M Software Center.

If you are an instructor at Texas A&M University, and want to provide the software to your students, you may request the licenses for them to install on personal computers. Texas A&M University holds an Esri campus-wide site license, and one of the benefits is that enrolled students may be eligible to obtain a free copy of the ArcGIS and Extensions Student Edition—One-Year Education Use Only (media and license). Students cannot request a copy, instead a faculty or full-time staff member must place the request. Read here for details to check if you are eligible and how to obtain a copy.
Note: It is not required that you are a GIS instructor to request the software.


Frequent Asked Questions

Can it be installed in Mac Computers?

Students have provided feedback, saying they have installed ArcGIS in Mac using a PC platform of some sort. Forums can help to find the latest information.

I have an ArcGIS Version, can I just add this update?

The computer needs to have any ArcGIS software removed before adding another version.

If I graduate, will ArcGIS still work?

Yes, the expiration is after a year, even if it is after graduation.

Can I renew the license after 1 year?

If you are still enrolled as student at TAMU, the answer is yes. You would just need to request the new copy.

Can I install this version in my academic department or lab computer?

No, TAMU systems should get installed a copy purchased at the Software Center.


De-authorizing and Reseting your ArcGIS License


For Esri tech support, you need to contact the TAMU authorized tech support caller

For GIS-related inquiries, visit the GIS Help by the Map & GIS Library

I.     When do I need to de-authorize my ArcGIS student license?

  1. If you had to re-image/reformat  your computer
  2. If you decided to use another computer with the same license
  3. If your computer was upgraded
  4. If your computer crashed or you uninstalled ArcGIS before de-authorizing it, please go to step II.

Single Use software deauthorization from the ArcGIS Administrator

  1. From the computer desktop Start menu, follow the menu path:  All Programs > ArcGIS > ArcGIS Administrator.  
  2. Click on the Desktop folder.  
  3. Click the Deauthorize button.  
  4. Click the Yes button.  
  5. Choose the option: “Deauthorize with ESRI now using the Internet” and click the Next button. 
  6. When the software has successfully been deauthorized, click the Finish button.

 II.   However, if your computer crashed or you uninstalled the software before you de-authorized your ArcGIS Student license, you will need to contact Esri and request to reset your EVA License

  1. E-mail with subject “Request reset my Student Evaluation License”.  Include the following information:
  • Name that was used to register the EVA license
  • Type of License: Student License
  • License Number: EVA……

Note: This is a new procedure Esri directed us to suggest. Please provide feedback to us if you are instructed to try a different route, or contact another Esri department.

Geospatial Librarian

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Cecilia Smith, Ph.D.
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