Below is a list of software packages commonly used by engineering students and information on where they may be downloaded.

You may also want to check out what is avialable through the OSU Software Portal.

If you can't find what you are looking for via the links below, or  the OSU Portal, you can check out the  Academic Software Discounts portal. Just be aware that some of the titles listed there are available for free, or at a better discount from OSU.

Make an Autodesk account with your OSU ONID email at in the same page after you sign in it will walk you through activating your account as a student and then it will let you download the program. Note: It will take a couple of hours for your account to update with the Fusion360 access.

Bentley offers an entire suite of Engineering applications to students, available through their StudentServer online service. 
Microstation, InRoads, Soilvision, Synchro Pro, and many other titles is available to all engineering students.

Click here for more information

Revu BlueBeam is available to all engineering students

Click here for more information

College of Engineering students may request for their personal computers a 1 year license of the following software:

  • PathWave Design – Circuit and System Software:
    • PathWave Advanced Design System (ADS)
    • PathWave EM Design (EMPro)
    • PathWave RF Synthesis (Genesys)
    • PathWave System Design (SystemVue)
  • Other PathWave Analysis Software:
    • PathWave Vector Signal Analysis (89600 VSA)
    • Keysight VNA Simulator

To request a license simply fill out this form, making sure to use your ONID email address:

LabVIEW is an instrument interfacing tool developed by National Instruments that is typically used in labs. LabVIEW is available for all engineering students.

Click here for more information

MathCAD 15 is available to be purchased with the PTC MathCAD Prime 3.1 bundle from:

  • Please use your Oregon State email to purchase from the eStore.

For instructions on installing and licensing MathCAD 15 visit:

Students and faculty can use MATLAB in two different ways.

1. Use our Citrix environment to run MATLAB. This is quick and easy and requires no local software. It is recommended for the casual user.

2. OSU has arranged for a site-license for MATLAB that allows students and faculty to install on up to 4 devices. A network connection is not required (no central license server). Click here for instructions.

For more information about MATLAB visit:

RoadEng is available to all engineering students

Click here for more information

Siemens Digital Industries Software NX (Download requires ONID Authentication)
Siemens NX software is a flexible and powerful integrated solution that helps you deliver better products faster and more efficiently. NX delivers the next generation of design, simulation, and manufacturing solutions that enable companies to realize the value of the digital twin.

This is for Windows computers only.

1. Download "NX"
2. Extract "NX" (do not run installer without extracting).
3. Run "COE SiemensNX Installer.exe" from the folder you extracted to.

The program will open a terminal window and install NX for you. Please do not close the terminal window that opens, it will auto-close when install is finished. The installation could take ~20min.

To use NX, you must be connected to OSU's VPN.

OSU College of Engineering Support for Solidworks will end in June of 2024. Siemens NX is the replacement.

Note that if you are performing research, you'll need a special research license.

Visit the SolidWorks info page

StarCCM+ is a single interface multidisciplinary simulation tool that is typically used on engineering windows desktops but is available to all engineering students.

Click here for more information


We have a very limited 20 seat license for this tool.  Students are required to return the license when their coursework requiring use of this product is complete.

Download the installer here (1.9GB)

  1. Installation Guide:
  2. Run the .exe file.
  3. Install any pre-requisite software that is required.
  4. Once that is finished, the wizard will start.
  5. Hit next, and accept the license agreement.
  6. Enter the serial number A7D0-A2DE-EE71-5C6A, and hit next.
  7. Enter your name as Oregon State University, the customer ID #GHD (pound must be included), and the company as Oregon State University.
  8. Select installation location.
  9. Hit Install.
  10. Once the install is finished, open the software to activate.
  11. Enter the serial number if it does not automatically enter it.
  12. At the end of the course, or when you are no longer needing to use the software for a course, return the license by going to Settings > About.  This will free up the license for the next course.

The College of Engineering is a part of the VMware Academic Software Licensing Program. Licenses/keys are good for one year.

For access to the program please request access by emailing:
If you need to renew your license you must send another email to IT support (email above) requesting renewal.
Once you are added to the VMWare Academic Program you will receive an invite email to make you account and redeem the software.

This program provides students to several VMware products for free, including:

  • VMware Fusion
  • VMware Workstation for Windows
  • VMware Workstation for Linux
  • VMware vSphere Advanced

Note:  If you have an Apple silicon (ARM architecture) based Mac you may need ARM specific versions of OSes. If you are just looking to run software such as Visual Studio, it is highly recommended that you use Citrix instead of setting up VMs. Windows for ARM is not available via Azure Dev Tools, only through the Microsoft Insider Preview Program.

As a free and open source alternative to VMware, you can download VirtualBox from Oracle: