About ArcGIS

ArcGIS offers a unique set of capabilities. Collaborate with others and share your insights via maps, apps, and reports. Gain greater insights using contextual tools to visualize and analyze your data.

  • Available to: Faculty, Staff, and Students
  • Where to use: University-owned and personal Windows computers
  • Cost: Free

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ArcGIS Pro with ArcGIS Online for Faculty, Students, and Staff for academic use:

ArcGIS Pro with ArcGIS Online for administrative use by departmental Staff:

ArcGIS Online Portals

Looking for ArcGIS Desktop? Get it for academic use or request it for administrative use.


ArcGIS Pro

ArcGIS Pro is ESRI's powerful, single desktop GIS application. Pro allows users to work directly from their desktops, and supports data visualization, advanced analysis, and authoritative data maintenance in both 2D and 3D. ArcGIS Pro also includes access to ArcGIS Online, which supports data-sharing through the web. To get started with ArcGIS Pro, visit the ArcGIS Pro support page.

ArcGIS Online

ArcGIS Online is ESRI's cloud-based platform, and can be used anytime, anywhere. Your maps scale so hundreds or even millions of people can interact with them at the same time. ArcGIS Online is easily accessible; you only need your Texas State NetID and password to log in

ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap)

ArcGIS Desktop is ESRI's desktop-only platform. It does not interact with ArcGIS Online. Use ArcGIS Pro to get the full features of Pro and Online. For more information visit the ArcGIS Desktop support page

For help and assistance with ArcGIS, visit Alkek Library's Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Services site for the following services:

  • Workshops
  • One-on-One Research Consultations
  • Courses for Credit
  • And much more

Also visit one of these Esri websites:

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