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Microsoft Office for Students

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Students at Cornell University are eligible for several different options for Microsoft Office. Some of these options are available at no cost, while others require payment of a licensing fee. Please contact the CU Software office at cusoftware@cornell.edu with any questions.

All of these programs are available to registered matriculated students at Cornell University. All of these programs cover installation onto computers that are a student's personal property. Some programs may have additional eligibility requirements that will be mentioned in the program descriptions.

Office 365 ProPlus via Microsoft Student Advantage

The Microsoft Student Advantage program allows registered students to download and install the current version of Office onto up to five computers. Office 365 Pro Plus includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Lync, and, for Windows only, Access, Publisher, and InfoPath. This license will remain valid for as long as a student remains registered. 

Microsoft Office Home & Student

Microsoft Office Home & Student Edition includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. This product is available for purchase directly from Microsoft. Please see the above website for the current eligibility requirements. The one-time license fee grants a license that does not expire, but without free product updates. To get the latest version, you must purchase Office again once the next version becomes available. This product does not include any free storage on Microsoft OneDrive.

Microsoft Office 365 University Edition

Microsoft Office 365 University includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access. The license also includes online storage of up to 27 GB on Microsoft OneDrive. This license is a four-year subscription to Office 365, and is renewable at the end of the license term. 

DreamSpark Premium (Visio and Project only)

  • Billing: No fee
  • License: Contingent on eligibility
  • Website: dreamspark.com (External link)

The Microsoft DreamSpark program provides Microsoft developer tools to students and faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) at no cost for instructional purposes. While the DreamSpark Standard program does not include any Microsoft Office products, the departmentally-managed DreamSpark Premium program includes Microsoft Project and Microsoft Visio (but no other Office applications). Not all Cornell departments have opted into DreamSpark Premium. Students in STEM departments should check with their local departmental IT team to find out if they are eligible.

Office Online and OneDrive for Business

Cornell faculty, staff, and students can use Office 365's document storage and collaboration to access and edit their Box and OneDrive for Business documents and files anywhere using Office Online: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. OneDrive for Business is Office 365's document storage hub for individuals.

Office for iPad, iPhone, and Android

  • Billing: No fee
  • License: Contingent on registration status
  • Websites: Apple App Store (Link requires iOS) or your Android device's App Store.

You can download Office for iPad, iPhone, and Android for free via your device's App Store.  For full functionality, you will need to link these apps to your Cornell Office 365 account. Without connecting to an Office 365 account, you can use these applications to view existing documents only.

Other Options

There are other free alternatives to Microsoft Office that allow the ability to read, edit, and create documents in Microsoft Office formats. The links below are provided as a courtesy to the Cornell community, and do not represent an endorsement of the products. Please be aware that CU Software DOES NOT provide support for any of the following options.

Questions and Feedback

For questions about Office licensing for students, or for feedback about these programs, please contact us via e-mail at: cusoftware@cornell.edu.

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Monday, December 12, 2016 - 1:43pm

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