Members of the Mount Holyoke College community are eligible for a number of educational discounts on computers and software. LITS also provides informational resources here on vendors for your personal needs. LITS recommends you always purchase an extended warranty for a new personal computer, your investment is worth protecting.
The Mount Holyoke College Academic Software Hub offers current students, faculty and staff access to a host of free and discounted software. Software titles available in the Hub include Adobe Creative Cloud, Read&Write Gold, and more. Login to the Hub for the full list of programs and pricing. Keep reading for more details on available software and support resources.
Adobe Creative Cloud
Please refer to our Adobe Creative Cloud Installation Guide.
Read&Write is literacy software with tools designed for reading, writing, study, and research support. It’s useful for students, faculty, and staff with additional language or literacy needs, or those who need limited screen-time.
Read&Write provides a customizable toolbar that can interact with anything on your computer - even images or PDFs. Available tools include:
- Screenshot reader: a text to speech reader that will speak aloud anything on your screen, including graphics/pictures, inaccessible Flash, and locked PDF documents.
- Screen masking: a tool that adds a grey tint to your screen with a spotlight that moves with your mouse to help you focus on a certain area of a document or webpage.
- Audio maker: converts any text into an audio file.
- ...and MUCH more!
Download and Install
- To download Read&Write for Mac or PC, visit the MHC Software Hub. For detailed download and installation instructions, visit How to Install Read&Write (for Mac and PC).
- Read&Write is also available as a Google Chrome extension. Check out How to Install Read&Write for Google Chrome for more information.
Not sure which version to download? Visit the Read&Write Feature Comparison Matrix to find the software that’s best for you.
Looking for Read&Write support resources? Visit Workshops and Training.
Adobe Creative Cloud for Graduating Students
While Adobe Creative Cloud is available to current students through the Hub, Adobe also offers graduating students and new alumnae a 40% discount on Creative Cloud individual licenses ($29.99/month) for the first year after graduation. Get all the latest & greatest tools for creating including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and over 20 more apps. Upgrade your account here.
SPSS, Mathematica and MATLAB
Current students, faculty and staff have free access to SPSS, Mathematica and MATLAB. Submit the Academic software for home use request form for access.
Mount Holyoke College students and faculty have free access to Office 365 for Education. Office 365 includes Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint.
Staff and faculty can also download Office Professional Plus for a discounted price. Office Professional Plus includes business features beyond those available in Office 365 for Education. See the Microsoft Home Use Program webpage for details (use your MHC email address to access to this website).
Support for Office 365 is provided by Microsoft or in person at the LITS Technology Help Desk. Find Microsoft's extensive collection of free training materials here: Microsoft 365 Training.
Please note: The LITS Technology Help Desk does not support Microsoft One Drive. We are a Google campus and support Google Drive.
Mount Holyoke College offers an educational technology purchasing program in collaboration with the Smith College Computer Store. The options include hardware and software, all with educational discounts from Apple, Dell, Microsoft and Adobe. We hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to use this program.
- Smith College Computer Store
- Apple Computer Options at Smith
- Dell Computer Options at Smith
- Printers at Smith
As a member of the Mount Holyoke College community, you can also receive an educational discount when you order through these vendors:
Dell offers significant savings on computer purchases for Mount Holyoke community members.
LITS only repairs College-owned computers for faculty and staff. (Students can contact the Technology Help Desk.) For faculty and staff personal equipment there are a number of local repair solutions:
- UMASS Department of Office and Institutional Technology
- Apple Store (Holyoke Mall )
- Green Earth Computers (20A Crafts Ave, Northampton, MA)
- Best Buy (Holyoke Mall)
Mobile Assistance Can Come to You
Faculty and staff can consult these resources for problems with a home network or environment or when transporting the computer is impractical: