Instead of buying textbooks for $200-300 for a semester, here are some alternative options to rent textbooks for your courses

Options to rent textbooks: GMU Bookstore Amazon Book Rental Chegg Book Rental

You can also use the library to check out the textbook and do homework if it is convenient. However, be aware that it is not guaranteed that the textbook is available at the library if you are doing homework at the last minute.



Free software is available to students to download on the ITS website. Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus is available to students at no cost.

Software with educational discounts is available at Patriot Tech. Visit the Patriot Tech eStore.


Computer Labs Locations
  • Fairfax Campus
    • Johnson Center, Room 342
    • Innovation Hall, Room 301
  • Arlington Campus
    • Van Metre Building, Room 211
  • Science and Technology Campus
    • Katherine G. Johnson Hall, Room 250

Applications that are included in these labs include the following:


Acrobat Reader DC

Adobe Creative Cloud 2021 ArcGIS 10.8.1

ArcGIS Pro 2.8 Filezilla


Google Chrome Google Earth

IBM SPSS Statistics 27 jGRASP

Kaltura Capture MatLab R2021A

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Office Enterprise 2019 Mozilla Firefox

MS Visual Studio Code Notepad ++

Open JDK Python

Respondus Lockdown Browser SAS 9.40

VideoLAN VLC Player Wolfram Mathematica 12.2 Zoom


*If you require software that is not loaded on the computers in the open labs or a specialized lab environment, there are a variety of other lab options, including the STAR Lab, the Collaborative Learning Hub (CLUB), and the Citrix Virtual Lab.