Free Software and Online Resources

As a member of St. Olaf, you will be able to access some industry-standard software for educational use. These options are available to anyone with a St. Olaf email (including students, staff and faculty), and can sometimes be used on your own personal computer instead of having to go to a campus lab. If you have a question on an application that is not listed here, please contact the IT Helpdesk to inquire about other software types. There may also be an open-source alternative if the application you need here is not listed.

It is important to keep in mind that the majority of these resources can only be accessed with your St. Olaf account and not a personal account. IT can only support resources for St. Olaf accounts.

Adobe ID and Software
Autodesk Education
Google Workspace
Linkedin Learning
Microsoft Imagine
New York Times and Wall Street Journal
Wolfram Mathematica


Adobe ID and Software

St. Olaf provides access to the Adobe Creative Cloud suite in certain computer labs, including the Digital Scholarship Center at St. Olaf (DiSCO) on the 4th floor of the Rolvaag Memorial Library. To access the Adobe creative cloud on lab computers, you'll need to create a Free Adobe ID. This can be linked to your St. Olaf Google credentials, or created separately with personal details.
With the Adobe ID, you can:

  • Use the full Adobe Creative Cloud on designated lab machines.
  • Use free Adobe Mobile Apps on your own devices.   
  • Link resources between apps using your Adobe Library. 
  • Access free features of Adobe Express (graphic, webpage, and video maker)

NOTE: Adobe IDs and accounts are not administered by St. Olaf college. Any problems with account or Adobe ID must go through Adobe Customer Care. 

Autodesk Education

Autodesk, publishers of AutoCAD and 3D software, release everything they publish commercially for free to students with an .edu account. This includes:

  • AutoCAD
  • Tinkercad
  • Maya
  • And many others!

Note: The only caveat is that some files created with Autodesk Education software bear education watermarks that can’t be removed.

How do I access Autodesk Education?

  1. Go to the Autodesk Education website.
  2. Click on the software link that you wish to download.
  3. Sign up and verify your St. Olaf credentials.

For additional information, visit the Autodesk Education website.


ESRI ArcGIS Software

Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) publishes GIS (Geographic Information Systems) software for both the Windows desktop and the cloud. St. Olaf has a full site license to ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Pro and  ArcGIS is the industry-standard for mapping and GIS software.

How do I access ArcGIS?

  1. For ArcGIS Online, contact the IT Helpdesk to request an account. 
  2. Requests for ArcGIS Desktop on non-St. Olaf computers are addressed on a case by case basis. Software is available in the DiSCO for public access and in RNS 400 for the ENV 255 class. If you would like to access RNS 400, please contact the Environmental Studies department to inquire about the availability of the GIS lab.

For additional information on ESRI and ArcGIS resources, visit the ESRI website or contact IT Helpdesk.


Google Workspace






As a St. Olaf student, you already have access to the apps in Google Workspace!

It does a lot of what Microsoft Office does, with the ability to allow for groups to synchronously edit the same documents. Papers and spreadsheets can be saved in common formats (like Microsoft’s .docx and .xlsx) and you can print directly to stoPrint.

How do I access Google Workspace?

  1. Log into your St. Olaf Google account. 
  2. Find any Google App by clicking on the Google Apps icon on the upper-right corner of any Google Apps screen (including Gmail). The menu will show all available Google Apps: Google Sheets, Calendar, Slides, Gmail, and many others.

For additional information, visit the Google Workspace Learning Center or contact the IT Helpdesk for help with using Google apps.



LibreOffice is a full open-source desktop office suite (similar to Microsoft Office) that has word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and other packages. This is available for most operating platforms.

How do I access LibreOffice?

Go to the website and download for free.

For additional information, visit the LibreOffice website.


Linkedin Learning

The Northfield Public Library offers free access to Linkedin Learning and other services. 

See this page for more information and to sign up for a Northfield Public Library Card.


Microsoft Imagine

The Microsoft Imagine program offers free access to Microsoft development tools, Visual Studio, server operating systems, training materials.

How do I access Microsoft Imagine?

  1. Go to the Microsoft Imagine website.
  2. Create a Microsoft account using your St. Olaf email.
    1. This may need a different password than your regular G Suite account.
    2. If you have already created a Microsoft account for Office 365, you can log in using this account.
  3. Verify your student status with your St Olaf email account to download and access the software.

Note: This is available as long as your St. Olaf account is active.


New York Times and other Online News

All St. Olaf community members can get free access to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Visit the Online Access to Current Newspapers library guide for information on how to access these resources. 


Wolfram Mathematica

Mathematica is a computation program used by scientists and engineers worldwide. St. Olaf maintains a site license to Mathematica software that you can access as long as you are at the college.

How do I access Mathematica?

Follow the instructions HERE to install Mathematica.

For additional questions or help with accessing Mathematica, contact IT Helpdesk.



St. Olaf provides a secure wordpress server for individual use, student organizations, portfolios, or course and project work. 
Hosting is free, as is access to many plugins and themes already purchased by the college. 

Visit for more information.

Students can retain access to their Pages-site for up to two years after graduation or ask it to be deleted at any time by using this form. 

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