Higher Education

Every aspect of the higher education enterprise—teaching, learning, research, service, and academic administration—benefits from ArcGIS and spatial thinking.

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Map app created by student from Esri Development Centers

GIS students do amazing things

Esri Development Center Students of the Year build outstanding apps and projects on the ArcGIS platform at colleges and universities around the world.

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Risk prediction map of wildlife threats

Identifying Emerging Hot Spots of Deforestation

Using Esri’s emerging hot spot analysis and big data analysis techniques, BlueRaster identified persistent, accelerating, and new hot spots of tree-cover loss in Brazil, Indonesia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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Map of University of Minnesota

Smart management of campus operations

The University of Minnesota uses ArcGIS in innovative ways to efficiently manage campus operations while ensuring public safety.

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ArcGIS Platform

Leading colleges and universities use the latest technologies. ArcGIS provides educators, students, and staff with a comprehensive platform for mapping, analyzing, and sharing their data.


ArcGIS Online

Your Gateway for Web Mapping

  • Easy map authoring and sharing
  • Extensive collection of reusable content
  • Spatial analysis in the cloud

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ArcGIS Pro

The Future of Desktop GIS

  • Modern, high-performance technology
  • Familiar and intuitive user interface
  • Advanced cartography and analytics

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ArcGIS Enterprise

Next Generation GIS Server

  • An enterprise GIS portal
  • Adding big data and imagery capabilities
  • Technology graduates need to know

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Education Licensing

Low-Cost Access to ArcGIS

  • Includes all major platform components
  • Mobile learning on personal devices
  • Grow your GIS community, not your costs

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At the heart of all of this decision making, investment, [and] asset management is data that we can manage, report, manipulate, and visualize through GIS.

Brian Swanson

Assistant Vice President and CFO, University of Minnesota

Community & Events

The GIS education community consists of thousands of educators and researchers at all levels who share a passion for applying The Science of Where in education. With gatherings at select events around the world, we're a globally inclusive group focused on enhancing spatial understanding.


GeoNet Community

Find resources and discussions about best practices in teaching, research, professional development, and campus administration.

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Education Community Blog

Esri's education staff and guest commentators use our blog to post news, how-to’s, best practices, and exemplary applications of GIS.

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Let's Talk

Esri's education outreach efforts include sharing information and best practices, providing advice, and advocating for educators' needs. Have a question or comment about GIS in education? Schedule a conversation with a member of our team.

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