SAS Back to School Guide Part II: Getting access to SAS Software for teaching or learning


Getting access to SAS Software for teaching or learningAs I mentioned in Part I of this SAS Back to School Guide, SAS offers many options for teaching and learning SAS at low or no cost. Below, I’ll go into a little more detail on what’s included, common installation questions, license renewals and more.

You may also want to open the product matrix for a comparison as you follow along this blog.

Option 1: Obtain a license from your university

Many universities have license agreements with SAS and will provide academic pricing for students who want to access that license.

Universities typically license the SAS Education Analytical Suite, which is a bundle of SAS products.
Click here (see page 2) to see which SAS products are included in this option.

If information isn’t available on your university’s web site, you’ll want to reach out to your on-site SAS representative for information on how to obtain a license from the university. If you’re unsure whether your university offers a license, or who your on-site SAS representative is, just contact us here at SAS.

If you go this route, you’ll need to renew this license annually through your university. If you’re using a Mac, you can run this option using Apple Boot Camp software.

Option 2: SAS University Edition

Another option is SAS University Edition, which is available at no cost to anyone wanting to learn SAS, not just students. SAS University Edition includes Base SAS (the latest version, 9.4), SAS/STAT, SAS/IML, SAS/ACCESS Interface to PC Files, as well as several time series forecasting procedures from SAS/ETS. Click here to see full details and limitations.

Be sure to review the Quick Start guides and videos on the download page. They will walk you through the installation process and get you up and running.

If you run into any errors when installing, here are a few common questions and notes that can help:

You can also find troubleshooting techniques and recommended configurations here.

Once you get started, the SAS University Edition Help Center is a great resource with tips on using the software! Additional resources for getting started using the software are available in documentation found here.

You’ll be prompted to renew your SAS University Edition license annually (at no cost!) the same way you’ll be prompted when there are updates. If you already have the software installed, but need to renew your license, here are instructions on how to do this. If you have any trouble, here are a few steps you can take. And here’s a handy video on downloading/updating your copy.

Graduating soon and want to continue learning? You’ll still be able to use University Edition as long as you aren’t using it for commercial purposes. Review the permitted uses of SAS University Edition.

And before you ask, yes, SAS University Edition can be run on a Mac!

Option 3: SAS OnDemand for Academics

The third option is also available at no cost: SAS OnDemand for Academics (cloud-based). To access this option, all you need to do is register. SAS products included with this offering are Base SAS (the latest version, 9.4), SAS/STAT, SAS/IML, SAS/OR, SAS/QC and SAS/ETS. If your professor registers a course using SAS OnDemand for Academics and invites you to join that course, you can also obtain access to SAS Enterprise Guide, SAS Enterprise Miner and/or SAS Forecast Server.

You can find helpful Quick Start documents here for students and instructors. You can also find a series of videos for getting started and answers to some frequently asked questions.

Once you’ve registered for SAS OnDemand for Academics, you’ll be provided with a User Name. Write this down! Note: your user name is separate from your email address.

When you’re ready to get started and log in to the SAS OnDemand for Academics Control Center, be sure to use the user name you’ve been provided with and your profile password. If you’re using SAS OnDemand for Academics for a course, you may even want to bookmark the Control Center link above—that’s where you’ll return to in order to login.

Because this option is cloud-based, if you ever suspect a system outage, you can report an outage using the form here.

Final note: Be sure to visit these system requirements as they vary based on the software application being used.

SAS Visual Analytics and Visual Statistics

You can also incorporate SAS Visual Analytics into your curriculum and studies through SAS’ partnership with Teradata University Network. This option provides access at no cost as well. If you’re looking to use SAS Visual Analytics in your course specifically, you can find more information and academic access for that product here!

Accessing JMP software

If you’re looking for a license for JMP software and your university doesn’t currently offer a license for JMP, students can purchase a 6 or 12 month student license On The Hub. (Note: If you do not have an email address that ends in .edu, you’ll want to call 888-396-1447 to order your student license.)The third option is to download a 2-year license for JMP Student Edition.

Resources for getting started learning and using JMP can be found here!

Happy programming! Remember, if you have any usage questions once you’ve obtained a license and gotten set up, the SAS Analytics U Communities is a great place to visit!


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Tricia Jenkins

Tricia is a Customer Engagement Specialist at SAS Software. In her current role, she has the opportunity to interact with SAS users across the globe on a daily basis through a variety of channels, including social media—140 characters may not sound like much, but they sure keep this girl busy!

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  2. SAS provides many ways for anyone who is interested in learning SAS. As mentioned in this article, you can access SAS University Edition for free. It's a great way to learn SAS.

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