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Technology at SCU

Supported Software and Downloads

Some of the commonly used software delivered on University-owned computers is also available for download.  To purchase software not listed here, please send your request to

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Adobe Acrobat Reader is Adobe's free reader for PDF files. 


The BigFix software is only licensed for computers owned by Santa Clara University.  Do NOT install on personally-owned computers or student-owned computers.  

Google Chrome

Google Chrome is Google's web browser. 

Microsoft Internet Explorer / Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Internet Explorer is Microsoft's web browser on Windows 7 (and still available on Windows 10).

Microsoft Edge is Microsoft's web browser on Windows 10.

Both browser programs are built-in to Windows.

Mozilla Firefox ESR

Mozilla Firefox is Mozilla's web browser.  Academic Technology recommends the "ESR" version of Firefox, which has a longer development cycle than the "standard" Firefox.


SCU has a site license for student, faculty, and staff access to Qualtrics, a comprehensive online survey tool. To enroll yourself, go to: Follow the prompts to setup up your account.  Your ID will be your SCU email address and you can set your own password.  If you already had a free Qualtrics account using your SCU email, contact and ask them to migrate your account and existing surveys to SCU's Qualtrics instance.


SmartPrint is the Santa Clara University branded student print system. All SCU students are free to use SmartPrint, as well as, Staff and Faculty. Guests of the university may also use SmartPrint after they have created a guest printing account.

Sophos Central + Intercept X (University Owned Computers) and Sophos Home (Student / Faculty / Staff Personal Computers) (Anti-Virus)

Our endpoint protection suite (antivirus) is provided by Sophos, a world leader in virus protection software for businesses and educational institutions.  We have purchased licenses to allow all CURRENT faculty, staff and students to protect their campus and home computers.  Contractors and alumni are not included in our license.

Academic Technology manages the Sophos settings on University-owned computers.  If you need Sophos Central + Intercept X installed on your University-owned computer, please contact the Technology Help Desk at x5700.

We recommend Sophos Home to protect your personally owned computer for all students, faculty and staff.  Use your personal email address to download the free edition directly from Sophos.  You have full control of the software and can set up your own scheduled scan once you install Sophos Home.

View the Sophos Home "how to" video: YouTube:


SPSS Statistics is a software package used for statistical analysis.  The license covers CURRENT faculty, staff and students only. 

To access and download the software, you will be required to login with your network ID and password.  


Academic Technology and Information Technology support the following software applications providing installation support, troubleshooting problems, and training.

Any software not listed below will receive our best effort support, however we cannot guarantee a successful resolution for any problem with unsupported software. In some cases, we may need to refer the customer to an outside vendor which may result in a "time and materials" fee to troubleshoot unsupported software. Please contact the Technology Help Desk at (408) 554-5700 (x5700 from on campus) for more detailed information.

PC Software

Mac Software

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • BigFix
  • Cisco AnyConnect (VPN)
  • Google Chrome
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer / Edge
  • Microsoft Office 2016
  • Microsoft Windows 10
  • Mozilla Firefox and Firefox ESR
  • PrinterLogic
  • SafeConnect
  • SmartPrint
  • Sophos Central + Intercept X
  • WinZip
  • Zoom
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • BigFix
  • Cisco AnyConnect (VPN)
  • Google Chrome
  • macOS 10.14 and above
  • Microsoft Office for Mac 2016
  • Mozilla Firefox and Firefox ESR
  • PrinterLogic
  • Safari
  • SafeConnect
  • SmartPrint
  • Sophos Central + Intercept X
  • Zoom

For University owned computers, supported software is available through a number of avenues. A number of the applications can be downloaded from either the web site, or directly from the application vendor's web site. Some may require a departmental purchase for software that is supported, but not provided. 


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