Wider access to Adobe Creative Cloud is coming soon
Harvard will provide a license to Adobe products for all students, faculty, and staff
Adobe Creative Cloud will soon be freely available for faculty, staff, and students of Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM). The software will be widely available by the end of July. Expect an announcement in July from HMS IT or Harvard University IT (HUIT) that will include details on how to acquire access.
Current Adobe Creative Cloud accounts at HMS and HSDM will have their accounts automatically moved over to the new licensing agreement by July 31. These existing users should not notice a change. The only action they may need to take is to sign out and sign back in again.
For on-quad, email eligible users who need these applications right away, you can submit a new license request to obtain access to Adobe Creative Cloud. If you need a license immediately, you can sign up for a free 7-day trial with Adobe. When you create your account, please use your HMS email address. This will make transitioning to the Harvard license agreement easier.
If you are faculty with an HMS affiliate, reach out to your institution’s local IT office for software licensing.
The Adobe Creative Cloud University site license will give you access to more than 20 Adobe Creative Cloud applications, including Photoshop, Acrobat, Illustrator, InDesign, and many others. Harvard will provide Adobe Creative Cloud at no cost to individuals or labs.
- Adobe Creative Cloud system requirements
- How to download and install Adobe Create Cloud apps
- Adobe Creative Cloud overview
Transitioning to the University license
If I am using the COVID-19 license, will I be able to get a new free license?
In most cases, yes. Harvard University Information Technology is currently working to transition all eligible faculty, staff, and students who were issued a COVID-19 Adobe license to the new University site license before the COVID-19 license expires on July 6, 2020.
If I already have a subscription through HMS, will I get a free license?
Yes. If you have a license purchased with HMS or HSDM funds, then you qualify for the free license. Your existing license will be transitioned to the new license before July 31, 2020.
Who will qualify for the new license agreement?
In general, all HMS, HSDM, and Wyss faculty, staff, and students whose primary work location is on the HMS or HSDM campus—and who qualify for an HMS, HSDM, or Wyss email address—are eligible.
I’m an HMS Student. Am I eligible for an Adobe Creative Cloud license?
All HMS program students will qualify for a license. You will be notified when the new licenses become available.
I’m a student with another Harvard School working in an HMS research lab. Am I eligible?
All Harvard University students across all schools will be eligible.
I’m an HMS Affiliate faculty member. Am I eligible?
Off-quad faculty should reach out to their local IT office for local software licensing needs.
Are contractors or LHT employees eligible?
Yes, provided you are working in an On-Quad office and have an HMS, HSDM, or Wyss email address. Please fill out the Adobe License Request form.
Will HMS guest users be eligible?
Guest users who are in an on-campus office and have a Harvard university-issued email address are eligible.
What happens when I leave or graduate?
When you leave Harvard University, either as a terminating employee or graduating student, your access to Adobe Creative Cloud will end.
Are HMS alumni eligible for an Adobe Creative Cloud License?
No. Harvard University alumni do not qualify.
Are HMS emeriti eligible for an Adobe Creative Cloud License?
No. Harvard University emeriti do not qualify.
I need a license right away. What do I do?
Please fill out the Adobe License Request form. We will work to get you a license as quickly as possible.
If you need a license immediately, you can sign up for a free 7-day trial with Adobe.
When you create your account, please use your HMS email address. This will make transitioning to the Harvard license agreement easier.
How do I download the software?
Refer to our knowledge base article on how to download and install, For further assistance, you can also contact the HMS IT Service Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I need to reinstall the software if it already installed?
No, but please make sure you are using the latest version of the software.
Will I need to do anything once my account is transitioned?
Yes. After your license has been transitioned to the new license, please sign out of your Adobe software and sign in again.
Will I be able to use the applications on the shared computers on campus?
Yes. HMS IT will work to get Creative Cloud installed on as many shared computers as possible.
Are the Adobe mobile apps included?
Yes. Adobe apps for iOS and Android are included in the license. They can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.