Site Licenses - ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online, Esri E-Learning

Last Updated: 02/19/2018


Esri provides GIS (Geographic Information System) software for both the desktop computer and for online use, as well as free instructional courses in topics about using their software and about GIS in general. Working with GIS is useful across a wide range of disciplines, not just for viewing maps but for transforming, analyzing, manipulating, and modeling geographic data.


ArcGIS Desktop

  • ArcGIS Desktop is available for Windows
  • For faculty and university-owned computers only
  • License includes ArcInfo, ArcMap, ArcGIS Pro, 3D Analyst, Spatial Analyst, and a dozen other modules
  • Esri Data files, including 2010 Census and other socioeconomic and demographic data
  • Instructors of GIS-related courses or programs may request free student licenses

ArcGIS Online

  • An online collaborative web GIS that allows users to view, create and share maps, apps, layers, analytics, and data
  • Requests for individual and class accounts should be sent to

Esri E-Learning

  • Free Free online instruction is available to students and faculty
  • Includes self-paced courses, seminars, videos, and other resources covering a wide variety of GIS and ArcGIS topics
  • Send your request to your department Esri adaministrator, or to


The site license for Esri ArcGIS software is provided as a common good to CU Boulder, and no direct fees are involved for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Who can get it

  • Licenses for ArcGIS Desktop are available to faculty and staff at CU Boulder on university-owned computers,  and for use in education and research only on personal computers
  • ArcGIS Online membership is open to students and faculty of the Boulder campus; send requests to
  • Esri E-Learning access is also available by request to Boulder campus students as well as to faculty and staff

How to get it

ArcGIS Desktop

Download the ArcGIS Desktop installer and the provisioning/license file. (Faculty & Staff only; CU Boulder username and IdentiKey password are required.) Administrators of labs and servers can request ArcGIS for Server and/or License Managers; send requests to

Instructions / Tutorials