Engineering students have access to a number of software packages provided at no additional charge, or for a small fee, by the University or College.

UK students have access to Microsoft Office 365. This provides students with online access to common Office applications, the ability to load software on their personal computers, and 1TB of cloud storage. For more details, visit UKITS’s Office 365 information page.

UK students also have access to various Adobe Create Suite products such as Acrobat, Photoshop, and Premier. More information can be found on UKITS’s Adobe student page.

The College of Engineering licenses Microsoft’s Imagine (formerly DreamSpark) suite of products. Through this program Engineering students are allowed to download a single installation of the various software packages included in the suite for free. You may also purchase many of the software packages at highly discounted rates if you choose. Visual Studio, Visio, Project Professional, Access, and OneNote are part of the suite. Microsoft’s Imagine site has additional information on this program, as does Engineering’s Imagine page.

Finally, check with your instructor when you get to class to see what additional software may be needed or will be useful. In some cases there may be licensing agreements in place that allow you to install software you are using in a particular class. In other cases, there are student versions available.


Software discussed here is available to students after the start of their first semester at UK. Access to this software is conditional to the students continued attendance at the University, and UK’s or the College of Engineering’s continued licensing of the products.