Microsoft DreamSpark (MSDNAA)

About the program

The College of Engineering is a participant in Microsoft's DreamSpark program (previously known as Microsoft Developers Network Academic Alliance - MSDNAA). Through this program, several of Microsoft's software programs and compilers are made available to College of Engineering students for instructional and non-commercial research use ONLY. Depending on the software package, Engineering students may be able to download a single copy for free, or purchase one at a significantly reduced price. Only Microsoft software listed on the DreamSpark download site is available through this program. Mircosoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is not available through this program.

Essentially this means is that you can use it in your academic classes and on projects related directly to your classes or research. You cannot use any software obtained through this program with the intention of making money off the end product (i.e. you can't sell the programs you have written using this software). Also, only Engineering and Computer Science students, or non-Engineering/CS students currenlty enrolled in Engineering or Computer Science courses using this software are eligible.

Visual Studio (Visual Basic, Visual C++, Visual C#, and Visual J++), Visio, Project, and Access are part of this agreement as are several other programs. You can find a complete description of the program and the software included by going to

How this works

At the start of each semester, Engineering Computing Services (ECS) will register all incoming Engineering students on the DreamSpark web store using you university email address (UEA, address). You do not have to do anything to participate. Once you are registered, you will receive an email from with instructions on downloading install images and getting license keys. Each license key is unique, and will only unlock one product. You are limited to one installation of any given product. Do not share your license keys. This is fully explained in the "Help" section of the DreamSpark download site which you can access after you have logged in.

First time users

If you are an incoming freshman or transfer students, we will have to create an account for you on the College's DreamSpark/OnTheHub site. These are usually created after add/drop has closed. After you receive an email notifying you that an user ID has been created for you, go to the College's DreamSpark/OnTheHub site, click on the "Sign in" link in the upper right-hand corner, and then on the "Sign In" page click the "Register" button. Follow the on screen direction to complete the registration process, and gain access to the DreamSpark site. If you have questions, please contact

Returning students

If you are a returning student (sophomore, junior, senior), you will have previously been registered with MSDNAA/DreamSpark and will not automatically receive a notice. To obtain a new copy of your login information go to the CoE DreamSpark site, click on the "Sign In" link in the upper right-hand corner, on the next page click on the "Forgot your password?" link, then follow the on screen instructions. If you have questions, please contact

Computer Science Students

Though Computer Science is covered under the College's DreamSpark license, they register their students separately. Computer Science students that need to retrieve their login information, or that have lost the address of the download site should go to the CS DreamSpark site. Everything else is pretty much the same. If you have additional questions about Computer Science's DreamSpark downloads or site, contact

Special note to Faculty and Graduate students

You should not install any of this software on your lab or office computers. The single download you obtain through this program is intended for use on your personal system. If you need to use this software in your lab or office please send a request to and we will install the software using the College's licenses.