Personal Computer/Software Purchasing Info

Personal Computer/Software Purchasing Info

Faculty, staff, and students interested in purchasing new computer hardware or software for their personal use should always check this page carefully for discounts available. Many products are available either free or with highly discounted pricing.

Please note that neither Bloomsburg University nor the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education have any financial interest in these transactions.

Computer Purchasing Information

Discount opportunities are available through this customized Apple Store for faculty, staff, and students interested in purchasing a personal computer.

Tips for students purchasing a new computer are provided on the Residential Computing website.

Microsoft Office software - FREE for Students

Your Office365 student email account also offers access to Office Web Apps and the OneDrive cloud storage solution to automatically save your Office Web App files. Office Web Apps currently include Word Online, Excel Online, PowerPoint Online, and OneNote Online. They can be accessed through the App Drawer in the upper left corner of your student email account webmail. For more information on OneDrive and Office Web Apps, please see the Student Email Information page.

In addition to the basic Office Web Apps, we intend to offer Microsoft Office ProPlus software installations, however, due to technical issues with Microsoft currently unable to support HuskyID Single Sign-On, this option is not currently available. Microsoft is actively working to resolve these issues. Please check back for future updates.

Microsoft Windows and Office software - Faculty/Staff

For faculty and staff, the PASSHE Microsoft Campus Licensing Agreement maintains the Work at Home (WAH) licensing rights to install the current version of Microsoft Office for Windows and Macintosh as well as the Windows Operating System for a very nominal cost. Faculty/Staff should contact the University Bookstore for details.

Mathematica software - available free

Mathematica is available free of charge to all PASSHE faculty, staff, and students. If interested in getting a faculty home use license, visit the mathematica support site while on campus to receive information on obtaining a free copy. Students may request a free copy of the program by emailing Cheryl Stahler at

Software Discounts from Kivuto / OnTheHub

This customized Kivuto OnTheHub eStore offers software discounts for faculty, staff, and students on the purchase or rental of a variety of products including Adobe Creative Cloud, Minitab, JMP, SPSS, LabView, and Multisim.

Through our Work at Home agreement with Adobe, Faculty and Staff members are able to order the Adobe Creative Cloud for a very nominal fee.

Microsoft Software Discounts from JourneyEd

The Office of Technology, in cooperation with the State System of Higher Education and, has a system wide licensing agreement with Microsoft that will allow students, faculty, and staff to purchase products at greatly discounted prices.

  • To take advantage of these savings, visit the customized JourneyEd web site and follow directions to make a purchase.
  • This site lists which products are available, complete with purchase price.
  • Savings are on Microsoft products only.
  • While the web site does have other product offerings, the pricing is competitive with other mail-order vendors.
  • Be sure to get the best deal. Certain Microsoft products (i.e. Microsoft Office) are made available through the university at a more deeply discounted (or Free!) rate so they should not be purchased through JourneyEd. Check the top of this page for details on those other offerings.

Lynda Tutorials

Faculty, Staff, and Students have free access to tutorials designed to improve skills in the use of common and specialized software by using the customized website,