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Microsoft Software Agreements

Microsoft Consolidated Campus Agreement (MCCA)

This is the largest volume license agreement at UC San Diego, used by about half of the UC San Diego departments for basic Microsoft software.

The MCCA is a UC system wide aggregation of subscriptions that are limited to use on UC San Diego owned computers. The software is priced by the number of employees in your department, and all department employees & department owned computers are covered. The prices are UC wide at the lowest contracted price tier Microsoft offers. This is a NO MEDIA agreement, UC system wide. This is to not have a tax liability and to be more ecologically sound, only optionally re-creating media as needed from downloads, if using downloads directly is not functional.

You can not order pressed DVDs. Just downloads of the disk images of DVDs. We encourage departments to keep a copy of the downloaded media locally for reloads. There currently is a dedicated campus access only server, providing local downloads for this subscription agreement.

More detailed info is at the Microsoft Consolidated Campus Agreement

Microsoft Select

Software purchased through this agreement is no longer distributed by ACMS. It is now distributed by Marketplace. Customers with active Software Assurance  should contact Marketplace for upgrades. You can reach the marketplace help staff at mphelp@ucsd.edu

The Microsoft Select agreement prices are UC wide at the lowest cost price tier Microsoft offers. Orders are handled by a "punch out" with the label "SHI" that goes to the current UC system software reseller for this agreement, via UC San Diego Marketplace.

ALL Microsoft Select orders via SHI are taxable, as some orders under the contract depend on physical media somewhere at UC.

Most products are available for download online. Media can optionally be ordered, and certain license codes like RDP CAL's can take time to arrive. The optional supporting DVD's do not come with or include licenses, so you would have to order at least one license per any DVD that you order.

Select licenses are per computer. Licenses are for UC San Diego computers only. Licenses for windows upgrades are upgrades to an existing OEM windows or Mac Os license only. The upgrade media can be used to do a "clean install" and the assumption UC system wide is that most computers will be upgraded to a more complete/full featured windows license via MCCA or The Select agreement. Upgrade licenses do not get transferred with computers being sent to surplus.

Optional Microsoft Software Assurance (Maintenance) gives you rights to any new versions during the period. Microsoft Software Assurance currently expired January 31, 2014. ACMS will NOT be automatically renewing Microsoft Select Software Assurance. The reseller of record (Currently SHI) should have details of all licenses with S/A on file from the renewal on 1/2011 through orders in by 9/30/2011.

The Microsoft Educational pricing program.

Fully packaged products on the shelf at the UC San Diego bookstore. These licenses can be purchased "off the shelf" using all payment methods, most can be installed on university owned computers, or on computers personally owned by Students, Faculty, or Staff.

These licenses typically come with media, and a second activation to use if you need to reload the primary computer, or for a portable laptop computer for the same user. (NOT multiple separate uses at the same time). Note that there are some packages with restricted use like the "Office Home and Student 2010 3-Users" license that can explicitly NOT be used on university owned computers. 

Office 365

UCSD students are eligible to receive Office applications and other productivity software.   The Office 365 suite includes access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access.  

Students can download Microsoft Office 365 by going to: https://login.microsoftonline.com/ and entering in their UCSD information.  

Software can be installed on up to 5 PCs or Macs and on other mobile devices, including Android, iPad®, and Windows tablets.


Free Student developer and other software via Dreamspark.

Students, please sign up for an account.  Your information will be verified and software will be made available for you to download.

  • Developer tools, platforms, and servers for learning and research
  • Use the software in labs and classrooms
  • Install on student and faculty computers
DreamSpark is simple: It's about giving students Microsoft professional tools at no charge.