ArcGIS is an industry-standard GIS software package developed by Esri. Through CSU’s Esri site license, faculty, staff, researchers, and graduate students can purchase a license for ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) or ArcGIS Pro from RamTech for $36.75 per license per year.

  • ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap, ArcCatalog) is currently at version 10.6
  • ArcGIS Pro is currently at version 2.2.

Visit RamTech in the Lory Student Center for additional details about purchasing the software.

For installation help, feel free to send an email to

Undergraduate students may request a one-year trial subscription of ArcGIS Desktop from their GIS instructor. If that is not an option, please contact the Centroid directly. Student access to ArcGIS Pro is through your CSU ArcGIS Online account. Contact your instructor or the Centroid to get set up.

Instructors/Professors may request 1-year licenses of ArcGIS Desktop for their students from here.

**ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap, ArcCatalog) will be phased out by about 2022. Users are encouraged to begin learning and using ArcGIS Pro during this transition. See the Learning Resources page or the Esri Courses page for information on learning Pro.**

ArcGIS Online is an online mapping platform that enables users to create and share maps and spatial data with one another.  It is popular in courses to create StoryMaps and to acquire spatial data.

While individuals can create their own personal account, it is beneficial to be affiliated with an “ArcGIS Online for Organizations” subscription to gain access to analysis tools, more datasets, sharing to groups, and more. CSU has such a subscription and all CSU affiliates are welcome to have an account on our system.

To request an account, please send a message to

Subscribers will have either USER or PUBLISHER privileges. All accounts will initially be USERS. If additional privileges are required, contact the Centroid.

Instructors/Professors interested in getting AGOL accounts for students in their course may send a class list with student name, ID, eID, and course number to

CSU’s subscription to ArcGIS Online is regulated by “credits.” Credits are consumed whenever subscribers utilize certain functions of the ArcGIS Online service (such as publishing and hosting new datasets, running analyses, or geocoding addresses.) CSU receives an initial number of credits each year, and we are still determining how best to manage those credits across campus.

Subscribers can purchase additional credits as needed; if you need more, contact the Centroid. For your reference, 1,000 credits cost $100. To determine how many credits you are likely to consume, Esri provides a credit estimator for reference.

Keep in mind that most basic mapping applications will consume very few credits, so don’t hesitate to play around. (We’ll be able to find you if you start using up too many!)