Software & Site Licenses

Software at CCNY

Software Site Licensing is managed through the IT Business Services (ITBS) unit. The software and distribution terms are determined by the Software Site Licenses acquired by CCNY and CUNY. Any policies or restrictions are stated under the Software Site License.

Summer 2020: Important notices about software

Please check the campus email broadcasts from the 'Office of Information Technology' regarding changes in availability Software and CUNY Site Licenses and CUNY Software Availability requires you to Login for full access (using CUNY Login credential).

City College and CUNY offer a select group of software programs with restrictions for both on-campus and off-campus use. Specific software titles are available to faculty, staff, and students at no additional charge for installation on their office computer. Other titles may be free or can be purchased at highly reduced rates through CUNY offers. A smaller subset of this software can be installed on a faculty, staff, and/or student home computer.

MATLAB and Simulink CUNY Deploys MATLAB and Simulink Access for Students, Educators, and Researchers

Total Academic Headcount (TAH) license underscores university’s commitment to bettering its learning environment
CUNY’s MATLAB and Simulink campus-wide TAH license includes analysis, design, modeling, simulation, code generation, and testing products for the engineering and science schools, plus computational finance for the business and economic schools. CUNY deploys these tools to students, educators, and researchers via a centralized license that increases the administrative efficiency of software management and distribution, and ensures that a common set of tools is readily available for all users. See Details

Virtual Desktop Service

The CUNY Virtual Desktop lets you access software remotely. Current applications available include ArcGIS, SPSS, SAS, Matlab,
Mathematica and Maplesoft. No longer are you restricted by the hours and availability of your
campus labs. The CUNY Virtual Desktop gives you access anytime and anywhere to costly applications
you may need for your classes.

Currently the CUNY Virtual Desktop is available to students and faculty at all CUNY schools that are on CUNYfirst. Up to 3000 students can use the CUNY Virtual Desktop at the same time. Additional schools, software and services will became available through the CUNY Virtual Desktop in the future.

About Software and Site Licenses

All users at City College using any campus computing resources are required to abide by the Computer Users: Rules & Responsibilities for software and availability of software set forth by CUNY, CCNY and each respective department or center

Available Software Licenses
Available Software For Faculty & Staff
Available Software For Students

Software programs that do not require purchase can be installed on any college-issued computer simply by submitting a request to the Service Desk (see contact information below).

Software programs that require purchase must follow normal procurement procedures. All purchases for on-campus use are made by the requester using departmental budget funds. Procurement procedures, such as submitting authorized purchase requisitions through appropriate channels, are the sole responsibility of the requester. Vendor bids may be requested by using contacting Site Licensing ( ).

Adobe Software Installation Request for CCNY employee

CUNY currently has a site license with Adobe for the Design Premium and Master Suite applications. CCNY employees can request installation of the Master Suite on their office computers by contacting the Service Desk and provide information below. Adobe Design Premium is installed on all campus lab computers for student access. There are no home-use licenses available for any Adobe products.

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A work order will be created then an appointment will be scheduled for an IT technician to install the software on your office computer.
You are responsible to abide by the software's Terms of Use agreement.

Procedures for Installing Software on Home Computers: Log in to the CUNY offers to download available software.
You are responsible to abide by the software's Terms of Use Agreement.

Software Policies

Below is a list of no-nonsense software policies all users must abide by. If you have any questions, submit a request to the Service Desk (see contact information below).

  • All software is owned solely by the company that created or acquired it.
  • Users must abide by the terms of the agreement of use issued by the software company.
  • Users are not allowed to make copies of the software, either in its entirety or selected parts of the software.
  • A software license does not confer ownership of the software, only the right to install it on a given computer.


City College can not be held accountable for any damage, loss of data or time spent due to any software whether installed by our technician or yourself. Our technicians, however, will try to restore the computer to its prior or original state. It is recommended that you perform a full system back-up or at least your important data to an external device such as a USB flash drive.

Last Updated: 03/16/2022 13:38