What software is available to Faculty, Staff, and Students for Free or at an Educational Discount?

Bates provides access to well over a hundred different software applications in support of teaching, learning, research, and the administration of the college. While our licenses for most applications are limited to use on Bates-owned machines, a few licenses allow installation on personal machines for faculty, staff, and students.

Free Software:
The following is a list of software that is available to members of the Bates College Community at no cost:

  • ChemBioOffice
    • Scientific Software
  • Endnote
    • Research and Reference Manager (you must be logged into your Bates Google account to access this)
  • JMP
    • Data Analysis Software
  • Mnova
    • Software Suite Designed for Combined NMR and LC/GC/MS Techniques
  • Microsoft Office 365 for Education (Students)
  • Microsoft Office 365 for Education (Staff Working at Home)
    • Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint
      • To log into this site, use your Bates username, appended by: @bcis.bates.edu (username@bcis.bates.edu) and use your network password. 
  • SensusAccess
    • Allows students, faculty, and staff to automatically convert documents into a range of alternate media 
  • Read & Write
    • Text-to-speech capabilities for eBooks, websites, emails and documents
  • Wolfram|Alpha Pro
    • Provides individuals with step-by-step analysis on math/science problems, generate mathematical practice problems, and do calculations/data analysis directly online
      • Please contact the IT Help Desk via email at helpdesk@bates.edu 

        Once you have made your request, after a review and approval process, you will receive an email message with additional details on how to access Wolfram|Alpha Pro
        After you have made your request, you will want to create an Account/Wolfram ID. This account will provide you with access to Wolfram|Alpha Pro once your request has been processed. When creating your account, use your Bates email address as your registration email address, but do not use your Bates password. You will want to create a password that is different from your Bates Network Password.
  • Wolfram Mathematica
    • Software for Technical Computing for R&D and Education 
  • Zoom Video Conferencing Platform
    • Video and Web Conferencing
    • All Faculty, Staff, and Students are eligible for a Zoom Professional account. Just sign in to the Bates Zoom Portal, and click on the "Just login to your account" button to get started and set up your account.

Any licensed application not listed is limited to use on Bates-owned machines. Access from off-campus on Bates-owned machines requires the Bates VPN software - contact the Help Desk for installation. VPN software is limited to use on Bates-owned machines for faculty and staff only. 

Remember that most of our licenses expire on or around July 1. While most licenses renew automatically, some require a bit of intervention. Contact the IT Help Desk should this prove to be the case.


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