Software discussed here is available to students after the start of their first semester at UK.
Between the University and the College, engineering students have access to a number of software packages at no additional charge, or for a small fee. UK students can download a copy of ResearchSoft's EndNote add-in for Microsoft Word, and a single copy of Microsoft Office through the campus download server. These software packages are supported on both Windows and Macintosh platforms.
The College of Engineering licenses Microsoft's DreamSpark (formerly MSDNAA) 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 .Net (Visual Basic, Visual C++, Visual C#), Visio, Project Professional, Access, and OneNote are part of the suite. Microsoft's MSDNAA site has additional information on this program, as does the College's MSDNAA 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.