Campus Software Licensing & Purchasing Agreements

The California State University has several system-wide agreements in place that allow faculty and staff, and in some cases auxiliary organizations, the opportunity to obtain software at discounted prices. Note that IT Support Service does not support all the products listed. 

If the software you are looking for is not listed below, please contact ITSS via phone at (530) 898-4357 or by emailing

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud is a group of applications used for design, productivity, and development. Adobe CC is available on Windows and Mac computers, as well as some mobile devices.

Popular Adobe Creative Cloud applications include Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, XD, Lightroom, Premiere, After Effects, Bridge, Acrobat DC, Dreamweaver, Audition, and Prelude for various photo, video, and multimedia editing

By default, all Chico State Faculty, Staff, and Students have been given access to Higher Education Apps. Higher Education Apps let users create a variety of visual content, including animations, posters, and social media posts. 

Available for all Students, Staff, and Faculty by request. Contact ITSS or put in a ticket here.

Camtasia Studio & SnagIt

Camtasia: Create professional videos without having to be a video pro. Easily record your on-screen activity or import HD camera video, customize and edit content, and share your videos with viewers on nearly any device.

SnagIt: Sometimes you need more than words to explain something. SnagIt lets you quickly create videos and images that will change the way you teach others, provide feedback, document, and more.​​​​​

SnagIt & Camtasia are available for installation on all campus computers for Staff and Faculty. Students may be able to use the software on campus lab machines. Find more information here.


The Chancellor's Office has negotiated discounts for a number of software products. All licensing and media should be purchased through ITSS. To get a license of FileMaker, please reach out to the Software Purchasing team at ITSS.

Departments: Please request a quote from ITSS for the desired software. Submit a request here.

Students, Faculty, and Staff home users: contact the A.S.Bookstore at (530) 898-4447.

GlobalProtect VPN

GlobalProtect is the campus-provided Virtual Private Network (VPN). It is installed on all campus machines by default, but can also be installed on personal devices. Staff & Faculty can install it on their personal devices by visiting here. Students will need to first request access before installing. 


Kaltura is a streaming media server, similar to YouTube. Why does streaming matter? Because streaming allows you to view video and audio without downloading huge files. Find more information about Kaltura on our Knowledge Base.

Kurzweil 3000

Kurzweil 3000 is an inclusive technology, text-to-speech, learning tool that supports the concept of Universal Design for Learning with a collection of powerful reading, writing, test-taking, and study skill tools that makes content accessible and efficient to all students, staff, and faculty. 

For installation, please visit our page here.


LastPass is a secure password manager that remembers your online account passwords so you don’t have to. Save a site to LastPass with just a few clicks and LastPass will automatically fill in the credentials for you the next time you log in to that site. 

To redeem an Enterprise Account and get more information about LastPass, visit our Knowledge Base category here.


MATLAB is a proprietary programming language and software client developed by MathWorks used for matrix manipulations, analysis of data, and implementation of algorithms, and with the installation of additional packages, provides a multitude of scientific, engineering, and mathematical tools. Installation instructions for Staff, Faculty, and Students can be found here. 

Mendeley Cite (Word Add-in)

Mendeley Cite from Microsoft AppSource is a brand-new citation tool that is compatible with Microsoft Office 365 that allows students to seamlessly insert references and bibliographies into their Word documents.

Mendeley users will first need to contact IT Support Services to be added to the Mendeley-allow group, then can follow installation instructions here:

Microsoft Products: Free vs. Purchase

Free software provided through Microsoft licensing are: 

  • Office 2019, Office 2021, and Microsoft 365 (Windows and Macintosh). This includes Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, and more. 
  • Windows Operating System 
  • Microsoft Project for Student Use. Visit our article here for installation information. 
  • Microsoft Visio is available via web app for Staff and Faculty.

Paid software provided through Microsoft licensing are: 

  • Microsoft Visio and Microsoft Project are available for purchase on campus-managed PCs. Submit a request here.
  • Windows Server
  • SQL Server
  • Microsoft Visual Studio

 Contact ITSS for installation assistance.


Poll Everywhere for Enterprise turns virtual training and meetings into memorable interactive presentations. Use the Poll everywhere for PowerPoint, Keynote, or Google Slides to add activities to your presentations with just a few clicks, then share your screen and watch with the team as everyone's response appears in real-time. 

Visit our Knowledge Base article here for more information.

PowerBI (Microsoft)

PowerBI (free) allows you to interact with and explore your data as well as create dashboards and act as a data visualization software. PowerBI is available to students for free via by signing in with your Chico State email account. 

Faculty and staff can request PowerBI by putting in a ticket here:


Chico State has a Qualtrics license allowing faculty, state-side staff, and students to use Qualtrics for university-related business and courses. Using Qualtrics for personal, commercial, or other non-academic endeavors is not allowed.

You can self-register for a Qualtrics account by clicking here. Your account will be created automatically and you will be signed in.

SPSS Software

SPSS Statistics is a comprehensive, easy-to-use set of predictive analytic tools for business users, analysts, and statistical programmers. For more than 40 years, organizations of all types have relied on SPSS Statistics to conduct research and make better decisions. The SPSS Site license gives the CSU the ability to install SPSS on individual machines and also the freedom to allow faculty and staff to install SPSS on their home machines.

Available for all Students, Faculty, and Staff. Contact ITSS or visit our page here.


VMWare Fusion (macOS) or VMWare Workstation (Windows/Linux) is available to students for academic use.

VMWare will need to be requested; click here to request. Once approved you will receive an email with installation instructions, and an email from will be sent to you with instructions to redeem your subscription to get access to the provided VMware products. 

Available for all Students by request, submit a ticket here. Contact ITSS.

Web Browsers

Various web browsers are available for installation. Microsoft Edge comes standard on PC devices; Macs come with Safari. 

Google Chrome is recommended on campus as it is compatible with campus sites and any required web extensions (such as Proctorio). Available for download here.

Mozilla Firefox is also available for installation. You can find the installation here. 

Zoom Meetings

Zoom is a video-calling service available for free to anyone with a campus account. When accessing your Chico State Zoom account, make sure to sign in via Single Sign-On (SSO).

Zoom can be installed on mobile devices via the system's App Store, or on a computer using this link.


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