Mathematica for Students

Mathematica Availability for Students

New in-person purchases of Mathematica

Students at UVa must make a one time purchase of Mathematica by visiting the UVA Bookstore Textbook Department on the second floor of the UVA Bookstore (Please bring your valid University ID) for installation on their personal computers. Students may use their copy of Mathematica as long as they are affiliated with UVa as students. When students leave UVa they must delete their Mathematica as the license is intended to only be used by active students during their time at UVa.

New online purchases of Mathematica

Students may purchase Mathematica online by e-mailing the bookstore at and providing them with their student id number. However it may take 24-48 hours to process.

Renewal of License for previously purchased Mathematica

Student copies of Mathematica will require the student to obtain a new activation code every July directly from Wolfram to continue operation of their standalone copy. After the student has created a personal Wolfram account during their initial registration, the new activation code can be obtained through their Wolfram account during their time as a student at UVa.

Transferring a Mathematica License from one computer to another computer

Mathematica license owners can transfer their license to a new computer if their original computer gets replaced, or the motherboard on the same computer is replaced.  To do this users need to request that Wolfram reset their Mathematica activation key by completing this form at WolframOnce the form is submitted the user should be able to reactivate their license on their new computer.

Other ways for students to use Mathematica at UVa

Mathematica is also available to students via the Remote Desktop.

Mathematica Student to Professional Upgrade Offer

Graduating UVA students who accept faculty or researcher positions at any institution of higher education, or who move on to government or commercial endeavors, can upgrade the Mathematica Student Edition license they received while on campus to the latest professional version of Mathematica for at least 70% off the list price. This discount is good for up to one year after graduation, and requires proof of current (or recent) UVA student status. If interested, contact Wolfram for details.

Installation Instructions for Student Mathematica

  1. After purchasing your Mathematica Student license from the bookstore,  Go to UVaSoftware. This is a ONE time purchase for you at UVa. The product will expire each summer, but you will not have to pay for any renewals. 
  2. Once you’ve gone to UVa Bookstore, you will be added to the Mathematica MyGroups. Go back to UVaSoftware, and select the Mathematica Academic (Student) for Windows or Linux or Mac, whatever your operating system is. Once you accept the license agreement, you will see the activation code on your requested item receipt.
  3. NOTE: Do not select the “Mathematica Students Version for Purchase”.  The only information contained there is to instruct you to go to the Bookstore to purchase the license, which you should have already done.
  4. If you don’t already have one, get a Wolfram Research (WR) ID here: Be sure to select “View content NOT delivered securely” if using IE and you are prompted for what content to display.
  5. Use your UVa email address as your Wolfram account. Ex. mst3k@virginia.eduYour UVa email account is used to authorize your account. You will receive an email from Wolfram asking you to validate your Wolfram ID. Click on the link in the email to validate your account.
  6. Once you are validated, go to Wolfram and log in to your account.
  7. Once logged in click the + Product button .
  8. When prompted in the + Product area, enter your activation code which you have on your receipt from UVaSoftware.
  9. Your product should now appear under Products.
  10. Download your copy of Mathematica and install it on your computer.
  11. Enter your activation code when prompted by Mathematica.
  12. Each July you will receive an email notification from Wolfram with instructions on how to renew  as long as you are a University of Virginia student.

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Last updated 10/26/21