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Geographic information system (GIS) technology is key to developing prosperous communities and solving the world's most pressing environmental and social problems. Hundreds of thousands of organizations from a wide range of industries use ArcGIS to make maps, perform analysis, share information, and solve complex problems around the world. Leading colleges and universities prepare students for meaningful careers in GIS and advance our understanding of global systems and societies through GIS education. These institutions also use GIS to provide great learning environments and improve operations. Find the right academic license for your organization.

Applying The Science of Where

ArcGIS is a complete, cloud-based GIS that provides a framework to identify problems, understand trends, predict change, set priorities, and evaluate results. It integrates layers of information based on location and helps people gain actionable intelligence.
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Discounts available

Special packages for educational institutions provide software, training, and support at an affordable price.

Licensing options

Academic licenses are for teaching and research. For facilities management, enrollment, safety, etc., choose Administrative licenses.


For instructors

Academic – Small Department (5 users)

A suite of apps to help research teams in data collection, spatial analysis, and data science.


Academic – Medium Department (50 users)

A suite of apps to support teaching and research with spatial analysis and data science tools.

Academic – Large Department (100 users)

A suite of apps to support teaching and research with spatial analysis and data science tools.


For administrators

Administrative —Small Department (5 users)

A suite of apps to support master planning, facilities management, and campus safety


Administrative – Medium Department (50 users)

A suite of apps to support master planning, facilities management, and campus safety.

Administrative - Large Department (100 users)

A suite of apps to support master planning, facilities management, and campus safety.

All licenses include the following:

  • ArcGIS Online with the GIS Professional Advanced user type
  • The most popular ArcGIS Pro extensions
  • ArcGIS Enterprise Advanced
  • Apps for the field and for the office:
    • ArcGIS Collector, ArcGIS Survey123, ArcGIS StoryMaps, ArcGIS Maps for Office, ArcGIS Maps for SharePoint, and many more
  • Premium apps for focused workflows, including the following:
    • ArcGIS Business Analyst, ArcGIS Community Analyst, and ArcGIS Insights
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Frequently asked questions

Do I qualify for an Academic Department License or an Administrative Use Department license?

Faculty and staff of accredited, degree-granting institutions, noncommercial research institutes, and museums are eligible to acquire these special Esri Education Program packages for teaching, research, and the administration of such institutions. Organizations that do not qualify for the Esri Education Program packages should contact an Esri sales representative to determine the option that is right for them.

How does verification work?

Click the button Get Verified and enter the information required to confirm that you are qualified. The information you submit is compared against authoritative data sources. SheerID instantly confirms whether you qualify. If you are verified, you will receive a single-use promo code to use at checkout.

How long does it take to get verified?

Verification is instant in most cases. If you are not instantly verified, in less than 20 minutes you will be contacted via email with your eligibility status.

What is the difference between an instructor and an administrator?

An instructor teaches; an administrator manages the operation of an educational institution. You are considered an administrator if your work involves institutional research; asset, facilities, or enrollment management; campus safety; or tasks not directly related to student learning or scholarly research.

What is SheerID?

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How do I know you won’t sell or share my information?

Both Esri and SheerID take your privacy very seriously. We use your information only to confirm your eligibility. We do not sell or rent your information. We partner with SheerID for verification of eligibility and SheerID does not store documents or images uploaded to its system. Click to read Esri's full privacy policy and SheerID's full privacy policy.

Success Story

Scaling Up GIS across Campus

The willingness to experiment with innovative approaches to GIS has yielded benefits for numerous field-based teaching and research activities across the university.

Peter Knoop

Research Computing Consultant, University of Michigan

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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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