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Office 365 University




Office 365 ProPlus (Student Advantage) now is available to Ohio University students at no charge. We recommend installing that version rather than paying for Office 365 University.

Office 365 University is currently for "students" only and includes:

  • Office 2013 for Windows
    • Includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access & Publisher.
  • Office 2011 for Mac
    • Includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, & Outlook

Four year subscription exclusively for eligible higher education students. Office can be installed on 2 PCs or Macs plus select mobile devices.

The latest versions of the Office apps and access to Cloud Services Application availability and features vary by platform and device. Customers with an active subscription will be entitled to the newest versions when available.

How To Acquire:

Students - How To Obtain Software:

Athens Campus - Students can purchase Office 365 University from the Bobcat Depot, Baker University Center, 112 (Bobcat Depot Hours).

Regional Campus - Currently regional campuses are NOT selling Office 365, except at the Chillicothe & Zanesville campuses.

Chillicothe students can purchase Office 365 University from Chillicothe IT Help Desk, Stevenson Center

Zanesville students can purchase Office 365 University from Zanesville Help Desk, Elson Hall Room 102

Regional Campus & Distance/On-Line Students - Students not attending Chillicothe, Zanesville or not living close to OU Athens campus, can request for software to be sent via mail (USPS).  Send request to bobcatdepot@ohio.edu - include name, OHIO ID (i.e. email or PID), mailing address, software title and authorization to bill your student account.  We will bill your account for the price of the software with tax and $5 shipping and handling.


  • The cost for the license and DVD is $76 (plus tax) - cash or charge directly to your student bill. Athens campus accepts credit cards.
  • You must be a currently enrolled student and have your university ID with you.
  • Each student can purchase a maximum of two Office 365 University products; however the second copy can only be activated three years after the initial activation.

Support & Installation Information:

Windows System Requirements:

    • Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2012. Does not run on Windows XP or Vista.
  • Mac System Requirements: Compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • Is Internet access required?
    • Internet access is required to install and activate all the latest releases of Office 365 University.
    • You will also need to connect to the Internet regularly to keep your version of Office up-to-date and benefit from automatic upgrades.
    • Internet connectivity is also required to access the Office 365 offerings such as SkyDrive.
  • "Eligible Students" must provide proof before installing:
    • Individual must be a enrolled full or part time in a university or college and must be able to provide proof of enrollment to Microsoft or its appointed vendor upon request.
    • Alumni of these institutions are ineligible.
    • Individual must successfully verify their eligibility status through the Offer Site's online academic verification process; and Individual must have a Microsoft account or create one at the time of purchase.
  • INSTALL INSTRUCTIONS - especially for OU students
  • Subscription last 4-years from date of first activation
    • Choose where Office is installed at any time during your 4-year subscription.
  • Microsoft FAQs
  • What happens when subscription expires:
    • Once your Office 365 subscription expires, the Office software applications enter read-only reduced functionality mode, which means that you can view or print documents only, but you will not be able to create new documents or edit existing documents. The Office applications do not vanish from the hard disk or SSD, but retreat into that reduced-function mode. Documents created with those applications are untouched.

      To regain the lost functionality, a customer must purchase a new subscription to Office 365, or buy a "perpetual license" copy of the suite (the latter is the familiar pay-once, use-forever type of license).

      Documents already on SkyDrive will not disappear, even if the 7GB free limit has been exceeded. They can be moved out of SkyDrive and to a local system at any time.

      Email notices from Microsoft will be sent to customers when they are nearing their expiration of Office 365.