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Autodesk Licensing

This article applies to: Software Licensing

Autodesk is a provider of 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software.

“Autodesk for Education” is Autodesk’s educational licensing program for students and instructors at accredited secondary and post-secondary schools in North America and many countries across the world. This program offers nearly all of Autodesk’s software products for free when used for purposes directly related to learning, teaching, training, or research and development as part of instructional functions. Free educational licensing for qualified uses can be obtained directly from Autodesk.

Any other use of Autodesk software, including work related to university facilities, requires a paid license.


Students and Instructors

Students, faculty, and any other Cornell instructor can use Autodesk software on their Cornell-owned or personally-owned computers through Autodesk Educational Licensing.

Non-Instructional Staff

Non-instructional staff who are providing support for educational, instructional, and noncommercial research use of Autodesk software can be considered instructional users under the “Autodesk for Education” program. Any other use of Autodesk software, including work related to university facilities, requires a paid license -- please contact CIT to acquire a paid license.

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Students and Instructors

Cornell faculty, instructors, and currently registered students can register with the vendor to obtain free educational licensing for nearly any Autodesk product:

Autodesk Free Educational Software (link goes to Autodesk)

Non-Instructional Staff

To obtain a paid license for Autodesk software, please contact CIT.

Download & Installation

Products licensed through the Autodesk for Education program are available for direct download from the manufacturer’s website. For step-by-step download and installation instructions, please see How To Install Autodesk Software.

For paid licenses, download instructions will be provided as part of the purchasing process.

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Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 11:50am

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