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How do I download Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher) for free?

Students can install this software on their computers.

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Download Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher)

Download the software:

  1. Go to:

  2. Use your full student email address as your username, and your student password to log into the site and access the download. (e.g.

  3. If you cannot log in, please try changing your password and waiting 20 minutes. Do NOT use the Office365 "Forgot your password" tool.


  • You must be a current student. You will lose access once you are no longer enrolled.

  • Your desktop/laptop must be running a minimum of either MacOS, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 in order for Office 365 to install.  Note: Office for Mac is not available.

  • You can install the product on up to 5 devices at a time.

Reactivating your account:

In January 2021 a change was made that may require reactivating your account.

Mobile Devices:

In order to install Office 365 on your mobile device(s), you will need to go to the appropriate app store and download 'Office Mobile for Office 365'. This should be a free download.

Detailed instructions for accessing and installing Office are available as well.

If you have questions or need assistance, contact the IT Help Desk.

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