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Microsoft Academic Select Licensing

This article applies to: Software Licensing

Microsoft Academic Select is a software purchasing agreement that allows Cornell faculty and staff to purchase Microsoft software not provided through our Microsoft Campus Agreement Site License at a fraction of the standard price. Purchases through Academic Select are made through a specified third-party reseller. The retailer that manages our Academic Select Plus agreement is Dell. You can make purchases by using active quote documents through the Dell Premiere Page, accessible via e-SHOP; see How to Order, below).

Available Products

Products currently available for purchase via MS Academic Plus are:

  • Microsoft Visio 2021 LTSC (standard and professional editions)
  • Microsoft Project 2021 LTSC (standard and professional editions)
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Professional Edition

Note: Before you purchase anything through Academic Select, please first check to see if the product is available for free through our Microsoft Campus Agreement Site License.


Cornell employees who are authorized to purchase software on behalf of their department may place orders through the MS Academic Select Plus agreement. If you are not sure whether you are authorized, please check with your department; if you are not authorized, your department should direct you to the personnel responsible for purchasing software in your department. Products purchased through MS Academic Select Plus are only authorized for use on Cornell-owned devices. Payment for MS Academic Select software is managed via Purchase Orders through the University finance system.

Students, retirees, and alumni are not eligible for Microsoft Select pricing. Students should purchase Microsoft software via The Cornell Store.

How to Order

Microsoft Academic Select sales are handled through a preferred vendor. Cornell's current vendor is Dell; your order needs to come through the e-SHOP system, a service of Cornell's Procurement and Payment Services.

  1. Log into e-SHOP at
  2. In the list of vendors, under Computers (which is near the bottom of the list), click Dell, then select Punch-Out from the dropdown menu.
  3. On the Dell Premiere page that loads, click Quotes in the top left corner.
  4. Next to Purchase Selected, enter the name of product you wish to buy (for example, Visual Studio).
  5. Active quotes will appear below for all versions available (for example, Standard and Professional).
  6. Click View Details under the product you wish to purchase. This will open a new page.
  7. Enter the quantity of licenses you need, and then click Create Order Requisition.
  8. Follow the on-screen instructions to enter your University account number and notification information.
If you have difficulties using e-SHOP, their help line is 607-254-5300.

Getting Your Software

After your order has been completed by Dell, they will send you an order confirmation email which will include a "Certificate of Purchase" as a PDF attachment. Please save that PDF for your records. Please work with your department's local IT support staff to install your newly-licensed software onto your Cornell-provided computer. If your department's local IT support team does not have the release you purchased or otherwise does not know how to deliver the software to your Cornell-provided computer, please have them contact CU Software.

Use on Personally-Owned Computers (Not Allowed)

Software sold via the MS Academic Select Plus agreement is provided under Device Licensing, and is only authorized for installation onto Cornell-owned computers. Each individual computer requires a separate license for the software. Customers may NOT install any software purchased through MS Academic Select Plus onto their personally-owned computers.

If a Cornell-owned computer with such software is ever donated or sold to a non-Cornell entity, you MUST remove the software before ownership is transferred.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2023 - 3:15pm

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