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Michigan State University

GIS Guide: GIS Software

Guide to GIS at MSU, finding datasets, GIS data libraries, and GIS utilities and software.

Open Source GIS

ESRI Software at MSU

Michigan State University has a site license to ESRI software, including some extensions.  Most PC computers in labs on campus administered by the campus computing department (Academic Technology Services or ATS) are loaded with ArcGIS 10.3 ArcMap.  Macintosh computers do not have ESRI software.

  • The Main Library has 348 patron PCs loaded with the full suite of lab software including ArcGIS 10.4.  The MSU Map Library (Main Library, east wing, 2nd floor) has two lab computers.  Users must have an active MSU NetID to use any of these computers.
  • MSU staff may also purchase ESRI software licenses from the MSU Computer Store. 
  • Students may request a free 1-year license to ArcGIS 10.4.  For more information see MSU Technology Store.

GIS Team

Michigan State University