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University of Wyoming Division of Information Technology

SPSS Software for Teaching and Research

Information Technology provides SPSS to UW departments for installation on UW owned computers for academic teaching and research use only. Individuals can install the software either from the UW network or by checking out the CD from the Information Technology Center. To check out a CD from the Information Technology Front Desk, stop by during normal business hours. Call the Front Desk at 766-3686 for information on checking out the software and to verify that a copy is available.


IT wants to give departments plenty of notice regarding SPSS costs they will incur beginning in FY 17 (July 1, 2016). In the past, Information Technology has paid a significant majority of the costs for SPSS Statistics. Unfortunately, the price for this software continues to have a hefty increase every year. IT can no longer absorb the rising cost.

IT will cover the cost of SPSS Statistics through June 30, 2016. However, beginning in FY17, departments wanting to continue the use of SPSS will be billed for the software on a pro-rated basis. The estimated cost beginning July 1, 2016, will be $215 per user, per device, for any installation of SPSS Statistics from the UW network or from the CD. Departments should plan on an estimated 10 – 15% increase per year thereafter. Information Technology and the Central Student Technology Committee will continue to pay for a portion of the SPSS subscription for use in the UWStudent Computer Labs.

IT understands and appreciates the financial impact to departments. We hope giving advanced notice will provide sufficient time for departments to develop their budgets to include the expense.

*Prices subject to change

To install SPSS from the UW network, request access through the IT Software Request form. An email containing installation instructions will be sent once access is granted.

SPSS includes the following:

  • SPSS Base
  • SPSS Advanced Models
  • SPSS Regression Models

There are various ways to license IBM SPSS Statistics for institutional administrative use (use that is not directly related to teaching or research). Depending on the analysis that an individual is doing the one-time cost can be anywhere from about $3,500 - $7,500 with the recurring annual costs for maintenance being between $700 - $1,500. This license type would not expire each year. Checks and cash cannot be accepted, IDRs only please. Individuals may email IT Software for more information administrative uses of SPSS.

If SPSS needs to be used on a personally owned computer, it can be purchased for about $282 per year. To purchase a personally owned copy of SPSS, please email IT Software for more information.

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