Free Software


MATLAB for Students  

Description:  MATLAB (matrix laboratory) is a multi-paradigm numerical computing environment and fourth-generation programming language. A proprietary programming language developed by MathWorks, MATLAB allows matrix manipulations, plotting of functions and data, implementation of algorithms, creation of user interfaces, and interfacing with programs written in other languages, including C, C++, C#, Java, Fortran and Python.

Website: Software Request for Personal Computers (select MATLAB for download information)


Free Microsoft Office for Students

Description: Information Technology Services is pleased to announce that actively enrolled students can obtain the following Microsoft software for home-use at no cost. This offer is possible under the current campus Microsoft Student Option Agreement.

Website: Software Request for Personal Computers (select Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus for download information)


Autodesk Education Community

Description: Register and download free Autodesk software such as AutoCAD (PC & Mac), Civil 3D, 3ds Max, and Maya for use at home.

Website: Autodesk Education Community


SolidWorks Student Design Kit

Description: Obtain the free SolidWorks Student Design Kit software and license for use at home.

Website: SOLIDWORKS Community Download Instructions
Important Note: You will need to obtain the School License ID or SDK-ID from your instructor.


MSC Software Student Edition

Description: Download and use MSC Software's suite of Student Edition products for analysis and simulation to use at home.

Website: MSC Software Student Editions
Important Note: You will need to upload a copy of your student ID


Bentley STUDENTserver

Description: Download and use Bentley software such as MicroStation, STAAD.PRO, and InRoads V8i products for students to use at home.

Website: Bentley STUDENTserver
Important Note: You will need to obtain the School Site Activation Code from your instructor. Please make sure to check the box Run Activation Wizard after installation and select installation type of "SELECT subscriber activating against a hosted (Bentley) SELECT server". Also make sure that you do NOT check the box asking if you would like to checkout a license.


Wolfram Mathematica

Description: Register and download free Wolfram Mathematica software for use at home.

Website: Wolfram
Important Note: In the User Portal (the link above) students are required to create Wolfram User Portal accounts using their Cal State L.A e-mail addresses. Download and Install your copies of Mathematica. Then copy Activation Keys sent to your Cal State LA email accounts. Finally launch Mathematica and paste Activation Keys when prompted.


Microsoft Security Essentials (Virus Protection for Windows 7 and Vista Computers)

Description: Microsoft Security Essentials is a free download from Microsoft that provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

Website: Microsoft Security Essentials


MSDN Academic Alliance (For Computer Science students only)

Description: Free Microsoft software for Computer Science students (excludes Microsoft Office).

Website: MSDN Academic Alliance Request Form
Important Note: Must have an existing CSNS (Computer Science Network Services) account in order to request an MSDNAA account to download Microsoft software.


PTC Mathcad Express

Description: Mathcad Express is a free version of Mathcad that allows any user to utilize some selected features of Mathcad Prime 2.0, for an unlimited time. Mathcad Express gives you the ability to spend more time solving engineering problems, and less time programming, documenting, reporting and verifying their solutions.

Website: PTC Mathcad Express Free Download


NI LabVIEW Student Edition

Description: Through the graphical programming environment, you can quickly acquire data using hardware APIs, analyze the results with built-in signal processing libraries, log data to disk, and display the data to a graph or table using the numerous controls and indicators.

Website: NI LabVIEW Student Edition


ANSYS Student

Description: ANSYS Student gives you the tools you'll use in your future careers. Learn the fundamentals of simulation while gaining experience using our state-of-the-art ANSYS Workbench simulation workflow.

Website: ANSYS Free Student Software Downloads


Altair HyperWorks

Description: HyperWorks is an enterprise simulation solution for rapid design exploration and decision-making. As one of the most comprehensive CAE solutions in the industry, HyperWorks provides a tightly integrated suite of best-in-class tools for modeling, analysis, optimization, visualization, reporting and performance data management.

Website: Altair Student Edition