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GIS (Geographic Information Systems): ArcGIS Access

A guide to getting started with GIS

ArcGIS Online

CU Boulder's site license to Esri products provides full access to ArcGIS Online (AGOL) for students, faculty, and staff.

  1. Request a CU Boulder ArcGIS Online account. This will give you access to the full version of AGOL (if you're not affiliated with CU Boulder, you can create a public account). You will receive your account information asap.

  2. Indicate on the form if you need access to Esri Business Analyst, Community Analyst, or the Esri Training catalog.

  3. Using the credentials you receive, log-in at the following URL:

Esri Business Analyst Online & Community Analyst

Important!First you must have an account with CU Boulder's ArcGIS Online site (see instructions above).

Two ways to access Esri Business Analyst and Community Analyst:

  1. Use these direct links:
  2. Log into CU Boulder's ArcGIS Online site and click the Apps Icon:

  3. Log-in using your CU Boulder AGOL credentials:


ArcGIS Desktop Software

ArcGIS Pro

  1. Download and install the latest version of ArcGIS Pro:
  2. Licensing for ArcGIS Pro is provisioned through ArcGIS Online. Request an AGOL account following the instructions above and check the box next to ArcGIS Pro. If you already have an AGOL account, email Phil White to request ArcGIS Pro access.

ArcGIS for Desktop (including ArcMap)

  1. Students, faculty, & staff:

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Earth, Environment & Geospatial Librarian

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