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If you are a currently enrolled USC student (undergraduate, masters, or doctoral) with a valid student ID, you can obtain ArcGIS free of charge with a one-time allocation of 250 online credits.
ArcGIS Online is a collaborative web GIS that allows you to use, create, and share maps, scenes, apps, layers, analytics, and data. You get access to ready-to-use maps, apps, and Esri’s secure cloud, where you can add items and publish web layers. You can think of it as a living digital atlas and also use it to extend the capabilities of ArcGIS for Desktop, ArcGIS for Server, ArcGIS Web APIs, and ArcGIS Runtime SDKs.
Viewed in these ways, an ArcGIS Online account provides access to a growing and dynamic repository of geographic data and geoprocessing tools. Students can request an account by emailing email@example.com from their official USC email account, and once their account is authorized, they will be assigned 250 online credits.
A student account provides students with a collection of integrated, location-based apps. To learn more about these apps, please visit ArcGIS Apps for more information.