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Software for CIS Students

As a CIS student or faculty member at The College of St. Scholastica, you qualify to join in the academic alliance between the College and a few key software vendors. This software is available to you, free of charge, for your educational and personal use.

How to participate in this program

If you would like to participate in this program, you should contact the College's program administrator. Undergraduate students should contact Jennifer Rosato and graduate students should contact Brandon Olson for more information about these programs and to obtain a user account.

IBM Academic Initiative

The IBM Academic Initiative offers open standards, open source and IBM technologies and educational resources to help faculty and students stay current with the IT industry. Products and information are available for the Lotus, Rational, Tivoli and WebSphere product lines. These resources are available through the IBM Academic Initiative site. You must first obtain a user account from the program administrators before accessing the software.

Microsoft DreamSpark

Microsoft Developer Network has made several software development and analytical tools available through this academic program. You may access this software through the DreamSpark site. You must obtain a user account before accessing the software. However, you may view the available software through this website.


You must be a current CIS student or faculty, or enrolled in a CIS course, to qualify for this program. Please remember, the software is available for your educational and personal use only. Microsoft Word/Excel and Adobe software are not included in these programs.

We hope you are able to take advantage of these wonderful programs to further explore these technologies and develop your skills.