This guide covers downloading and installing Mathematica for Students.

Student Access to Mathematica

  1. To download and activate your student copy of Mathematica, copy the following link into your browser’s address bar and press enter: If you already have a Wolfram account, log in with your student email address ( and password. If not, click Create Account.
    wolfram sign in
  2. Fill out the form to create a Wolfram ID and then click Create Wolfram ID.
    create a wolfram id
  3. A confirmation window will appear confirming that you’ve created your account. You will receive a validation email at your student email address. 
    confirmation email

  4. Once you click the link in your email to validate your account, you will be directed to a confirmation screen.
    email verified
  5. When you first sign in, you may be presented with a Privacy Policy update.
    privacy policy update
  6. If it doesn’t bring you to the Activation Key Request form, make sure that you are logged into your Wolfram User Portal (see above) and then copy in your browser’s address bar and press Enter. Fill out the Wolfram Activation Key Request Form and click Submit.
    Wolfram Activation Key Request Form
  7. You will get a page that confirms your Activation Key has been created, and has a link to the product summary page. You will also get a copy of the activation key in your email. Copy the activation key and click the Product Summary Page link.
    activation key created
  8. Click Get Downloads.
    wolfram user portal
  9. Click Download next to the version of Mathematica you want to download and install.
    mathematica downloads
  10. Click Start Download
    start download
  11. Choose Save if prompted. When finished, run the program.
  12. The program will begin to install. Click OK, Next or Install to start the installation process. Click Finish when complete.
  13. Open Wolfram Mathematica from the Start Menu (Windows). Click Sign In to access your Wolfram Cloud services.
    launch screen
  14. Sign in with your Wolfram ID.
    sign into wolfram cloud
  15. Click New Document to open Wolfram Mathematica.
  16. Click Help> Enter Activation Key.
    enter activation key
  17. Enter your activation key, when prompted, and click Activate.
    activate online
  18. In the online user portal, your activation key should now be active.
    activation keys


These instructions are for use on personal computers only. For SU computers, please see Installing Software using Software Center/Self Service.

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