ArcGIS Site License

General Information:

  • There is no fee for the ESRI ArcGIS software.
  • This license must be renewed on an annual basis (in mid-March).
  • Renewing your software? Login to the ITS Software Distribution website with your Western credentials.
  • ArcGIS is available to faculty, research staff and graduate students solely for teaching, research and administrative purposes.
  • Professors and instructors (including graduate students) may install ArcGIS on their home/personal computers for Western research and/or class preparation.
  • Contact the ITS Site License Coordinator to request more information.

Versions available through the installation kit:

  • ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop: Advanced
  • ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop: Standard
  • ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop: Basic

Each license level provides additional GIS functionality as you move from Basic to Standard to Advanced. How do you find out which ArcGIS for Desktop Software Is Right for You? Refer to the ESRI's ArcGIS Desktop FAQ web page.

Taking ESRI Courses - Virtual Campus Enrollments:

  • These virtual courses are available to Western faculty, staff, and students.
  • There is no cost to enroll in any of these courses.
  • Visit the ESRI website to see a complete listing of the course descriptions.
  • Enroll in courses by completing the Virtual Course request form.
  • You will receive an email with the ESRI Training Course Access Codes within three business days.

ArcGIS Website: emails:

  • If you notice emails from are being tagged as spam, add the recipient to your Spam Trap safe list.

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