Study-at-home Software for Students

Free Software

  • Wolfram Mathematica
  • Follow the directions below to download from the Wolfram User Portal.
    • Create an account (New users only):
      1. Go to and click "Create Account"
      2. Fill out form using a email, and click "Create Wolfram ID"
      3. Check your email and click the link to validate your Wolfram ID
    • Request the download and key:
      1. Fill out this form to request an Activation Key
      2. Click the "Product Summary page" link to access your license
      3. Click "Get Downloads" and select "Download" next to your platform
      4. Run the installer on your machine, and enter Activation Key at prompt
  • Autodesk Educational Community
    Students can download Autodesk software, such as AutoCAD (PC & Mac), Civil 3D, 3ds Max and Maya for home use.
  • Microsoft Office 365 Student Advantage
    Students can obtain frequently used Microsoft software applications at no cost.
  • Microsoft Security Essentials (Free Antivirus for Windows)
    Students can use Microsoft Security Essentials to guard against viruses and spyware.
  • ChemDraw
    ChemDraw is a popular chemical drawing package with advanced prediction tools. Using their Cal State LA email address, students can download the software for home use.

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud software suite is now available (see: to students, faculty and staff at a substantially reduced rate of $40.00 annual subscription fee. All Cal State LA Adobe Creative Cloud subscribers will also receive 2 GB of online storage.


As part of the Cal State LA Bookstore association with Barnes and Noble, eligible Cal State LA students can purchase several software packages and hardware at a substantially reduced cost. To get additional information or to place an order, visit the