ArcGIS Pro


Geographic Information Systems




Faculty & Staff


ArcGIS Pro is the industry standard Geographic Information System (GIS) software. It can be installed on computers owned and used by Swarthmore students, faculty and staff, while they are affiliated with the College. Swarthmore also shares its site license with Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges, so folks from those institutions have access to the same resources in GIS as people at Swarthmore.

Student access

ArcGIS (Arc Map, Arc Catalog, etc.) is installed on all public Windows machines to be available for student use. We recommend using the Windows computer classroom (Singer 222), which is open for general use when there is not a class in session, or the Windows computers in the Beardsley Media Center, which have more RAM, and larger screens. 

Students with their own Windows computers can download and install ArcGIS Pro on those computers for use while enrolled at Swarthmore. See below for details of how to get the installer.


Many online training courses from ESRI are available for free through our site license. Access to these training resources is through our ArcGIS Online instance. Log into, click the blue Swarthmore College button to sign-in with your campus network credentials, then select your username in the upper right corner of the screen, and select Training on the pull-down menu. Any course that is listed as "free" or "Requires Maintenance" should be available to you.

Windows Installation Instructions

To install ArcGIS Pro or other ESRI Tools, you must have administrative privileges.  After you download the installer (link below), don't just click it. Make sure you right-click and Run as Administrator.

Installation Process

  1. Go to the Swarthmore College ArcGIS Online instance at

  2. Click the blue Swarthmore College button to sign-in with your campus network credentials

  3. Click on your username in the upper right corner of the screen.

  4. Choose My settings

  5. Click on Licenses in the left side panel

  6. You should see a link to Download to the right of the line for ArcGIS Pro, click that link to download the installer

  7. Follow these instructions to install ArcGIS Pro:


ArcGIS Online Sign-In Required

You must sign in to the Swarthmore College ArcGIS Online site to get authenticate and authorize your use of ArcGIS Pro. 

If you do not own a Windows computer:

Other Versions

For ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap, Arc Catalog, etc.) or any prior version, please contact

You have access to many tools, including data analysis through ArcGIS Online. You may be able to accomplish your mapping goals without a local installation of ArcGIS Pro. We encourage you to explore the online system!

Ways you can contact ITS or find information:

ITS Support Portal:
Phone: x4357 (HELP) or 610-328-8513
Check out our remote resources at
Check our homepage at