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Personal Purchasing for UNI Students, Faculty and Staff



The university has several agreements which provide students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to purchase hardware and software at a discount. Emeritus faculty and staff, as well as new students coming to UNI are eligible for many of these discount programs. The computer specialists in the Computer Consulting Center can help students, faculty, and staff with individual PC purchasing questions. See Software Purchasing program detail below for additional information.

Hardware (PCs, Printers, etc) ---------------------------------------------

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Students, faculty, staff, and emeritus can purchase Apple hardware, software and accessories at a discount through the Apple Store. Visit for more information and to place your order online.


Students, parents, faculty, staff, and emeritus can purchase directly from Dell and receive discounts on every purchase.

Visit to shop the entire Dell line. 

On that site click on "UNI Special Bid Recommendations ", to see yearly specially UNI bid priced items.

To order by phone, call a Dell sales representative at 1-877-454-1132 to assist you with your purchase.

If calling, please be sure to mention your Member ID: BS26304151 to ensure you get your special discount.

Shipping and appropriate sales tax applies.

Software Purchasing ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

***NOTE*** - IT highly recommends these software bargains (last update August 2014):

Reduced prices are available on the following items: Adobe Creative Cloud for faculty and staff ($9.75 at; Microsoft Office 2013 Home Use for faculty and staff ($9.95 at; and Lynda Online Training for students, faculty and staff (free at

Adobe Creative Cloud Home Use Program - Students, Faculty, and Staff

The Adobe Program enables higher education students, faculty, and staff  to obtain the same Adobe Creative Cloud product  that is available on campus for their home use (see Creative Cloud titles list below).  Additionally there are many other Adobe titles available for purchase on the site provided.  MICROSOFT OFFICE is also available on this site, however, this license only provides for working on university business only NOT PERSONNAL USE, for that reason we recommend the Microsoft Home Use Program listed further below for MS-Office purchases.

Faculty/Staff wishing to take advantage of this offer may purchase the entire Adobe Creative Cloud ($9.75/year) or just Acrobat Pro ($9.75/year).  Our recommendation is to purchase the entire Adobe Creative Cloud as Acrobat Pro is included in the Cloud.

Students only have the option to "subscribe" to the Adobe Creative Cloud software for a RECURRING CHARGE of $29.99/MONTH.

To purchase, visit:

Create Cloud Includes:

Photoshop CC
Illustrator CC
InDesign CC
Dreamweaver CC
After Effects CC
Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Adobe Muse CC
Acrobat Pro XI
Audition CC
Bridge CC
Flash Builder Premium
Flash Professional CC
InCopy CC
Media Encoder CC
Prelude CC
SpeedGrade CC

The university has also designated University Book & Supply as an authorized reseller for Adobe software for personal use. University Book & Supply is located at 1009 W. 23rd Street, Cedar Falls, IA 50613. A valid UNI ID card is required for purchase.

Antivirus Software

Due to the explosive virus situations on the Internet, it is imperative that anyone connecting their personal computer to the UNI networks runs current virus protection software. There are several products available to protect your personal computer. For a list of free antivirus software, click here. For more information about protecting your personal computer from virus and other malicious software, see the support article:


As part of the three-year unlimited site license between Wolfram Research and the Iowa State Board of Regents Universities, students and faculty may install a copy of the software on their personal computers for the use or support of instruction and academic research. The agreement is for January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2014.

Faculty and staff can request a copy of Mathematica for their personally owned machines through this link. Our site license number is L3399-2490. Students may request a copy of Mathematica for their personally owned machines through this link.

Microsoft Home Use Program – Faculty & Staff Only (not Emeritus)

The Home Use Program (HUP) is a Software Assurance benefit available as part of our Microsoft Campus Agreement. Through this offering, current employees have the option to purchase a copy of Microsoft® Office to install and use on a home computer during the term of our campus agreement. For each product sold through HUP, one installation on a primary device (i.e. desktop) and one installation on a mobile device (i.e. laptop) is allowed. A valid UNI email address is required for purchase.

To purchase:

  1. Log in to MyUNIverse with your CatID
  2. Click on the Work @ UNI tab
  3. Click on the Microsoft Home Use Program link located in the Computer Resources area.
  4. Follow the directions on the page to complete your transaction.

Microsoft – Students

Students qualify to purchase academically discounted software in-store or online through University Book & Supply or download through Microsoft Store. A valid UNI email address is required for purchase.

Software available:

To access information regarding previous purchases made through e-Academy, click here.

Read & Write Gold - Home Use

Read & Write Gold, award-winning literacy support software, gives an added boost to people who need support with reading, writing and learning by making support tools available right at their fingertips. Both Windows and Mac OS X versions are available. The downloads are very large (~1.6GB).

Windows Version | Install Instructions

Mac OS X Version | Install Instructions



As part of the licensing agreement with SAS, university faculty, staff and students may install a copy SAS Education Analytical Suite, SAS/GIS, or SAS/SPECTRAVIEW on their personal computer. This software is not available for download; to get a copy, bring a 32GB flash drive to the Computer Consulting Center, located in 36 ITTC. Staff will download the software onto your flash drive for installation.

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