Mathematica is a computational software program used in scientific, engineering, and mathematical fields, as well as other areas of technical computing. It is provided by Wolfram Research.

Mathematica licenses, under Columbia's discounted pricing agreement with Wolfram, are generally available to Columbia University students, faculty and staff.

Clients purchasing Mathematica are responsible for the installation and correct use of the product, as well as understanding hardware and operating system requirements.

How to Obtain Mathematica Licenses

Faculty and staff can purchase Mathematica at the rate(s) specified below by submitting an online request along with an ARC Chartstring for payment.

The license validation period spans from November 1, 2023 to October 31, 2024

$645 per license

  • Price is based on the licensing contract along with an administration fee
  • The volume licensing applies on a per-service request basis.
  • One license is equivalent to one computer (laptop, desktop) or a single Unix processor.
  • The price is fixed and cannot be pro-rated. The software will not run after the license expires.

License Validity Dates

The Mathematica license is valid for a one year period, from November 1 through October 31. Mathematica has a 30 day grace period.


Documentation can be purchased separately through third parties or by visiting

How Students Obtain Mathematica Licenses

  1. Go to
  2. Enter your Columbia student email address
  3. Choose the product you want access to (NOTE: don't pick the network version)
  4. On the next screen, select Single Sign-On
  5. Enter your Columbia email address
  6. Proceed with installing the software as usual (for those requiring installation) OR get access to online products by following the instructions


  1. Navigate to to access the System Transfer Form.
  2. Complete the form. This will all you to get a new activation key and password for the new computer.
  3. On your new computer, download Mathematica from the User Portal and activate with your new key.