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Academic Software

To learn more about the academic software offered to members of the Fordham University community, click on the desired software below. For a full list of available software resources, consult the Standard Software page).

If you have any questions about software access or installation, contact IT Customer Care.

Master List for University Software

The Master Software List contains all the software offered at the University, either as a free download or for use on campus. If you discover errors or missing information, please contact

Shortlink for the list is

Blackboard Ally

Blackboard Ally

Blackboard Ally reviews any course content for accessibility and offers conversion options and instructions. 

Faculty Tip Sheet

Student Tip Sheet

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate enables browser-based web conferencing for teachers and students within our Blackboard environment.

Document Conversion Tool

SensusAccess is a document conversion service for creating alternate media. The tool is especially useful for those who need a particular format for screen readers and other accessible technology tools.  

Access via (log in to portal) > My Apps tab > “Document Conversion Tool.”  Note: be sure to use your email address.


Grammarly checks grammar, spelling and plagiarism, and suggests remedies, in email and documents. Grammarly instructions.


Mathematica, from Wolfram, is a computational software program used in many scientific, engineering, mathematical and computing fields, based on symbolic mathematics.

Fordham University provides Mathematica free of charge to the community. The software is only for use by members of the Fordham community, who may install the software on their personal devices.

Download Instructions

Mathematica Online

Mathematica Online works directly in your web browser. Seamlessly share documents and resources in the cloud; read, author, or interact with any Mathematica notebook or CDF document. Mathematica Online instructions.

MATLAB & Simulink


Fordham's MATLAB toolboxes

MATLAB (matrix laboratory) is a multi-paradigm numerical computing environment and proprietary programming language developed by MathWorks. Allows matrix manipulations, plotting of functions and data, implementation of algorithms, creation of user interfaces, and interfacing with programs written in other languages, including C, C++, C#, Java, Fortran and Python. Matlab instructions

Everyone has access to MATLAB Online, MATLAB Drive, MATLAB Mobile, and MATLAB Grader, all cloud based tools for instruction.  





Access the above via the MathWorks/Fordham portal.

Teaching with MATLAB help

Simulink is a graphical programming environment for modeling, simulating and analyzing multidomain dynamical systems. Its primary interface is a graphical block diagramming tool and a customizable set of block libraries. It offers tight integration with the rest of the MATLAB environment and can either drive MATLAB or be scripted from it.


Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft 365

Thanks to Fordham University's agreement with Microsoft, all full-time faculty and staff are eligible to download up to 5 copies of Microsoft Office 365 to their personal computers and other devices. The online version is available to all, including part-time and adjunct faculty. For more information go to Fordham's Microsoft Office 365 page.

This automatically updatable, subscription-based software ensures that you always have the latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other Microsoft Office tools. Outlook Exchange is not included.

Plagiarism Prevention Software


SafeAssign located in Blackboard, helps prevent plagiarism by identifying whether a paper contains a high percentage of unoriginal material. It also helps locate the original source material.

If students know their teacher uses plagiarism detection tools, that in and of itself can deter plagiarism. Assignments that require original thought and critical thinking cannot be easily purchased or copied.

Your Fordham AccessIT ID and password are required to use the tool.

SafeAssign support from Blackboard.

Turnitin Feedback Studio Feedback Studio, integrated with Blackboard, checks for plagiarism, generates feedback for students on revision strategies, and enables instructors to provide electronic feedback to students. Turnitin Instructions.

Research and Bibliography Software


EndNote is reference management software used to create bibliographies and manage references in academic writing. Fordham University students, staff and faculty can download the software from the link below at no cost.

Download EndNote 20 Software

Millions of researchers, academics, writers, students, and librarians use EndNote to search online bibliographic databases, organize their references, and create scholarly bibliographies. EndNote is available for Windows and Mac computers, as well as for the iPad.

More information, including training material, can be found at EndNote.

For endnote support at Fordham, visit one of our Faculty Technology Centers or email


Zotero is a web-based bibliographic management tool designed to help researchers collect, manage, store and share information as well as create citations and bibliographies. Zotero is a free download extension for the Firefox web-browser. It runs in its own pane within Firefox, separately from web pages. Zotero does not require a subscription, so researchers who do not have an Access IT username and password may use Zotero. 

Learn more about Zotero.


IBM SPSS builds predictive models and conducts analytic tasks. Understand data, analyze trends, forecast and plan, validate assumptions, and drive accurate conclusions. Licenses for home use of SPSS 27 are available to Fordham faculty and students.

How to download SPSS.

Survey Software


The Qualtrics Research Suite is a web-based survey tool that Fordham IT provides for free to all Fordham students, faculty, and staff at  This robust and professional survey system, designed for academic and business research, allows users to easily design and implement surveys and provides many tools to evaluate the results.  As such, it is a standard for many universities.

If you are new to Qualtrics or want to get an overview of the software, please review these "Getting Started" tutorials.

Login Information

Qualtrics is integrated with Fordham’s single sign-on system, so your login information is the same Fordham AccessIT ID and password you use to access your Fordham email and the portal.

New Users
If you are a first time user, to create your account, simply go to, login with your AccessIT ID and password, and click “I don’t have a Qualtrics account.”  A new account will then be created for you.

Returning Users
If you are a returning user (perhaps having used the system before via GSAS, GBA or GSSS), your old account will need to be merged with the new system so you can login via single sign-on while still accessing your old files.  To do so, go to, login with your AccessIT ID and password, and click “I already have a Qualtrics account.”  You will then be prompted to enter your old username and password and click “Migrate Account.”  A new account will then be created for you. If you do not remember your old username and password for the migration, please contact IT Customer Care.

Support Information

A full list of Qualtrics support topics can be found here.

Qualtrics is an internet-based software that works on PCs & Macs and is supported on Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome.

Qualtrics accepts data from other survey services, such as Survey Monkey. The instructions here detail how to download the data as a .csv file, edit the format, and import. 

Tutorials, webinars and help documentation are available from Qualtrics as part of Qualtrics University.

Fordham’s Qualtrics license includes both email and phone support. If you have questions about how to use Qualtrics or experience technical difficulties, please contact Qualtrics directly by calling 1(800) 340-9194 (recommended) or emailing  Help is available 24/7 via Qualtrics.

If you need assistance logging in, sharing surveys, creating and managing groups, or changing survey ownership, please contact IT Customer Care.