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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 2016 for Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.
  • Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) or newer.

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
  2. Under Sign in with your organizational account, where it says, enter your
    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 address and your NetID password.
    Federated Login 
  5. You will see a list of the applications in Microsoft Office. Click Install.

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

(Unverified) Some users have reported an additional step, where they are asked to choose between a Microsoft account and a Work account. If you see this screen, choose Work account.(Microsoft considers educational accounts - which yours is - to be included in the category "work accounts.")