By Apple
For Faculty, Staff

Departments are to purchase Apple products through the CDW-G supplier website in Workday. Only if CDW-G indicates in writing that the items cannot be provided are departments able to submit a non-catalog requisition to purchase directly from Apple via Apple's Online Education Store.

Apple Hardware and Software Pricing for LSU - Personal & Student Use
By Apple
For Everybody

Apple Computer offers special pricing for LSU faculty, staff and students at their online store. As a Louisiana State University student, faculty or staff member, you may purchase Mac OS X through Apple's Online Education Store at reduced academic pricing.

Discounted purchases for student and personal use can be made at www.apple.com/us-edu/store.

Microsoft Azure Dev Tools (Imagine)
By Microsoft
For Students

Microsoft Azure Dev Tools for Teaching (previously "Imagine") offers Microsoft professional-level developer and design tools at no charge so you can chase your dreams and create the next big breakthrough in technology - or just get a head start on your career.

LSU is enrolled in a campus-wide Microsoft Azure Dev Tools Standard Subscription.


  • Students: All students are eligible for Imagine.
  • Faculty and Staff: Please refer to the Microsoft Azure Dev Tools FAQ to see if your use is eligible.

Software items included:

  • Visual Studio Community (free version)
  • Microsoft Expression Studio
  • Windows Server Standard
  • SQL Server
  • XNA Game Studio
  • and more...

If you are in a STEM department, you are eligible to purchase a subscription for Azure Dev Tools from the Azure website.
If you are trying to obtain the full version of Visual Studio, please contact your departmental IT person as this is purchased separately through Microsoft Select.

If you would like to see the differences between Premium and Standard or would like purchase Premium, please refer to Microsoft Azure Dev Tools Subscription Information.

For more information, please visit the Azure Dev Tools home page.

For information on past free resources, please see: Microsoft Imagine: LSU Overview.

OnTheHub Student Software Discounts
By Kivuto
For Students

In addition to providing students with access to free software (including certain versions of Microsoft and VMware products), OnTheHub offers discounted pricing for a number of other software items. Software discounts include certain Adobe products, Minitab, SPSS, LabView, S-Plus, Auguri Academic, iGrafx, Babylon 7, Inspiration, InspireData, Kermit, Entryware, and SigmaFlow.

Parallels is no longer offered through OnTheHub. If you are faculty/staff and need Parallels, please reach out to your departmental IT group or business office to make a request. If you are a student, please use the following form to request access: https://verify.sheerid.com/parallels-student/

VMware Academic Program
By VMware, Inc.
For Students, Faculty, Staff

The VMware Academic Program (VMAP) is a comprehensive usage program designed specifically for the academic community.

It includes licenses for the following products:

  • Fusion
  • Workstation
  • Server

In addition to free licenses for instruction and research, VMware also provides academic institutions and affiliated organizations special discounts on VMware software and support when deployed as a part of their IT infrastructure.

For more information about VMware, visit the Grok article VMware: LSU Overview.

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff can use VMware software under specific program usage guidelines free of charge for academic research and classroom instruction.


Students can install this software on their personal computers as part of their coursework or research projects.

NOTE: The VMWare client is different from VLab, the virtual desktop offered to all members of LSU which allows access to Computer Lab software remotely. You may install VLab virtual desktop with the following instructions: Virtual Lab (VLab): LSU Overview & Download. If you are having issues accessing software on VLab such as SPSS, please reach out to servicedesk@lsu.edu for assistance.

To download VMware client, please send a request to software@lsu.edu from your LSU Email Address to be added to the VMWare IT Academy Portal which now hosts all VMWare licensing & downloads.
Requests sent from other email addresses will not be given access to VMWare client.