The Catholic University of America

Software on Campus Computers

University-owned desktop computers provisioned by Technology Services for faculty and staff include a standard set of software. Desktop computers in computer classrooms and labs include extra software which can be found on our instructional services software page.

The current list of supported software can be found in the Guide to Software on Campus Computers.

Software for Student Personally-Owned Computers

Read&Write GOLD

The University also has a license for Texthelp Systems Read&Write GOLD. You can log in with your NT username and password to access this software when you agree to the terms. You can access this software here: https://computing.cua.edu/support/read-write-gold/.

Microsoft Office

As a member of the CUA community, you receive free copies of Microsoft Office on up to five different devices! To download Microsoft Office, follow these steps:

  1. Go to office.com/GetOffice365
  2. Click the "Find out if you're eligible" link
  3. Put in your cardinal email address
  4. Follow the link that was sent to your email to complete the registration
  5. Install Office and sign-in with your newly created Office 365 ID

Other Software

Students may purchase software at reduced academic prices in the Campus Bookstore, located at 625 Monroe St., NE Washington, DC 20017.

Software for Faculty and Staff Personally-Owned Computers

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is available at deeply discounted academic pricing for faculty and staff for use on their personally-owned computers.

Other software for Personal Use For Faculty and Staff

Through its affiliation with the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, CUA faculty and staff may purchase Microsoft, Adobe/Macromedia, Autodesk and Quark boxed software products for their personal use at home through ComputerLand of Silicon Valley at substantial discounts.

Faculty can obtain a free copy of Microsoft Products

As a faculty or student of the CUA community, you receive free copies of Microsoft Office on up to five different devices! To download Microsoft Office, follow these steps:

  1. Go to https://products.office.com/en-us/student?tab=teachers
  2. Click the "Get Started for Free" link 
  3. Put in your CUA email address
  4. Follow the link that was sent to your email to complete the registration
  5. Install Office and sign-in with your newly created Office 365 ID

Read Write Gold

The University also has a license for Read Write Gold. You can log in with your NT username and password to access this software when you agree to the terms. You can access this software here: https://computing.cua.edu/support/read-write-gold/


If you do not have administrative rights on your machine and would like this software, please send email to techsupport@cua.edu and a technician will assist you.