Autodesk for administrators

Take advantage of our resources, development, and deployment offerings to seamlessly enable educators and students.

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Deploy Autodesk technology

If you’re an admin or IT professional who qualifies for the Autodesk Education plan, you can deploy Autodesk products to a network of shared computers for use in a lab. You’ll use a network license server to deploy licenses for up to 3,000 concurrent students per product. Shared lab machines are managed using serial numbers.

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Privacy protection

Protecting the privacy of our customers is important to Autodesk. The Autodesk Privacy Statement applies to the data you provide when you register for an Autodesk Account or submit information for Education eligibility. Please consult the Autodesk Privacy Statement for more information on how your personal data is collected, used, and disclosed.

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Autodesk security

The Autodesk Security framework was designed around industry standards to ensure consistent security practices, enabling us to build secure, run secure, and stay secure. We use a combination of process, technology, and security controls and collaborate with industry partners to deliver a robust security program.

FAQ for multi-user and network licenses

Who is eligible for educational access?

qualified educational institution is one that has been accredited by an authorized governmental agency for the primary purpose of teaching enrolled students, including:

  • Middle schools and high schools
  • Junior colleges
  • Colleges, universities, and technical schools
  • Homeschool programs that belong to a nationally recognized homeschooling body (or one that’s expressly recognized by a local school governing body as an acceptable alternative to an accredited educational institution)

For more information, see Which institutions qualify?

What are some alternatives if my institution doesn't qualify?

If your organization does not qualify for educational access, Autodesk provides alternative options for organizations engaging in activities such as training, certification exam preparation, research, or charitable work.

For more information, see Options for organizations that do not qualify.

What's included with educational access?

Autodesk offers qualified educational institutions access to the same design software used by the world’s leading professionals to help students build the skills and knowledge needed for a successful career.

Educators, lab administrators, and IT administrators of qualified educational institutions may obtain on behalf of the educational institution free multi-user access to any Autodesk software titles available through Autodesk Education Community for installation in classrooms or labs.

For more information, see About access for educational institutions or contact Education Community Support.

How do I get started?

  1. If you don’t already have one, create an Autodesk account by clicking Get Started on the Get Products page.
  2. Confirm your eligibility, which involves validating your role as an employee of a qualified educational organization.
  3. Download and install your software.

For more information, see Get started for educational institutions.

How do I confirm my eligibility?

  1. Visit the Get Products page.

  2. Click Sign In. Enter your email address and password.
    Note: An email address from your educational institution is not sufficient or required to confirm eligibility.

  3. Start typing your school name and select your school from the drop-down list. If your school is not on the list, click Can’t find your school? and complete the form. It may take up to seven days for your school to be validated and added to the list.

  4. Double-check all information. Important: Be sure that your profile information is correct and that it matches the information held by your school because you won’t be able to change it later.

    Be sure you’ve selected the right institution type for your school:
    - Secondary incudes middle and high school. Grade levels included in secondary may vary by country.
    - Postsecondary (universities and colleges, as well as trade and vocational schools)

    If you select the wrong institution type, you won’t be able to find your school in the list. If you’ve selected the wrong institution type, please contact Autodesk Support.

  5. Click Verify.

For more information, see Confirm eligibility for educational institutions.

How long does it take to confirm eligibility?

You will not be able to access software until your eligibility is confirmed. Be sure to start the process of confirming your eligibility early enough to make sure you have access when class starts.

  • If your school is not already listed as a qualified educational institution, it typically takes up to seven days to validate it.
  • If you have to upload documentation, it typically takes up to two days to confirm your eligibility.

After your eligibility is confirmed, you will receive one-year free access to Autodesk software and services. Access is renewable annually as long as you are eligible.

For more information, see Confirm eligibility for educational institutions.

What do I do if my access expires?

One-year multi-seat licenses are currently renewed automatically for another year.

For network licenses you'll need to generate a new network license file.

For multi-seat stand-alone licenses, you'll need to reactivate the the product. Learn how to find the product serial number.

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Legal terms and conditions

Free Autodesk software and/or cloud-based services are subject to acceptance of and compliance with the terms and conditions of the terms of use and/or other terms that accompany such software or cloud-based services.  Software and cloud-based services subject to an Educational license or subscription may be used by eligible users solely for Educational Purposes and shall not be used for commercial, professional or any other for-profit purposes.

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