SPSS is a computer program used for statistical analysis. Between 2009 and 2010 the premier software for SPSS was called PASW (Predictive Analytics SoftWare). It is now called  "IBM SPSS Statistics".

SPSS licenses under Columbia's discounted pricing agreement with IBM SPSS Statistics is available only to current Columbia University students, faculty and staff. The software is not available to alumni.

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

Columbia University Medical Center affiliates should email to 5help@columbia.edu for assistance with SPSS.

How to Obtain SPSS Licenses

For smaller purchases of nine or less copies of SPSS, please go to the University Bookstore at Lerner Hall. You will receive a voucher to bring, along with your receipt, to 202 Philosophy Hall to pick up the software. Online sales are not available at this time.

All sales are final. Returns or refunds will not be accepted by the Bookstore or CUIT.

For quantities of 10 or more, please email askcuit@columbia.edu with your request.

Pricing for the 2014-15 License Period

1-9 copies - $188 per license
10-29 copies - $140 per license
30-99 copies - $110 per license
100 or more - $75 per license

  • One license is the equivalent of either 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. To get the best possible results and avoid any risk of downtime, please make sure to purchase a renewal at least one month before your license expires.

License Validity Dates

SPSS licenses are valid for a one year period, from July 1 through June 30. SPSS has a 30 day grace period.


Documentation is not included with the media and must be purchased separately through third parties. Please check availability at the Columbia Bookstore or by visiting the vendors' websites:

SPSS Technical Support