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

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

For installation help, feel free to send an email to gis@colostate.edu.

Undergraduate students may request a one-year trial subscription of the software from their GIS instructor. If that is not an option, please contact the Centroid directly.

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

ArcGIS Online is an online mapping interface 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 ramtech@colostate.edu.

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 ramtech@colostate.edu.

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!)