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Office 365 ProPlus for Students

Thanks to Cornell's campus agreement with Microsoft, Cornell students can download and install, free:

  • Microsoft Office 2013 for Windows 7 or Windows 8, or 
  • Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or 10.9 (Mavericks).

If you have an earlier version of Microsoft Office on your computer, you should uninstall that before following these steps.

 Use it at least once a month

To keep your free license activated, you need to launch at least one Office application (Excel, Word, Outlook, etc.) at least once every 30 days on each device.

See our Keep Your License Active page for more information.

Free Office downloads are part of Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus services, which are available to Cornell students as a result of Microsoft's Student Advantage benefit.

Read more about Office 365 ProPlus.

To install Microsoft Office applications on up to five laptop or desktop computers:

  1. Go to https://portal.microsoftonline.com/OLS/MySoftware.aspx
  2. Under Sign in with your organizational account, where it says someone@example.com, enter your NetID@cornell.edu.
    Sign in to Office 365 
  3. Click anywhere outside the field. You will be directed to Cornell's Federated Login Page.
    Office 365 Redirect
  4. On the Cornell University Federated Login page, enter your NetID@cornell.edu address and your NetID password.
    Federated Login 
  5. You will see a list of the applications in Microsoft Office. Click Install.
    student-download-office

The software will be installed on your computer. Your copy of Office will remain active as long as you maintain your status as a student. Once you graduate or leave the university, you will have the opportunity to keep using the software by paying for a license directly from Microsoft.

Additional Step for Mac Users

The first time you launch an Office 2011 application, you'll see a screen like this:
mac-activation-screen

Choose Sign in to an existing Office 365 subscription and sign in using your NetID@cornell.edu address and the password you use with your NetID.