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Software Purchases for Personal Use

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About Personal Software Purchases

CaTS offers personal software discounts on a variety of products to Wright State faculty, staff, and students. OnTheHub is an online software store that allows university members to browse, purchase, and download the most popular software titles at a low cost.

Some products, including anti-virus, anti-spyware and internet browsing tools are provided free to eligible faculty, staff  and students! Find a list of those titles here: Free Software (ConnectWright).

CaTS has negotiated discounts with Apple, SAS, and others so Wright State students and employees can use essential university software at home. 

If you have any questions or have trouble accessing OnTheHub, call the CaTS Help Desk at 937-775-4827, or email

Available To

Student Eligibility

All students enrolled for the current semester can receive software from the OnTheHub software store. Incoming first-year students become eligible once they have enrolled in classes for their first semester. Students who were enrolled for Spring Semester but are not taking summer classes can only purchase software if they are registered for Fall Semester.

Note: College Credit Plus students are not eligible for Adobe Creative Cloud purchases through OnTheHub.

Incoming Wright State Students

If you are a newly enrolled first-year student, you will become eligible to purchase software once you have enrolled in a class for your first semester. Please allow 24 hours after signing up for a class for activation.

If you are a new student for the Spring or Summer terms, you will have access to the store beginning on the first day of the semester.

Faculty and Staff Eligibility

To receive software, faculty and staff must be directly employed by the university and listed in the Human Resources database. Only current employees are eligible for OnTheHub; retirees, emeritus faculty, and former employees are not eligible. Boonshoft School of Medicine employees, third-party contractors, volunteers and others not directly employed by the university do not meet the employment requirement. These are rules set down in the license agreements with software manufacturers and cannot be waived.

Emeritus faculty are now eligible for the Mathematica home use program. This offer from Wolfram allows emeritus faculty to use Mathematica at home for non-commercial instruction and academic research purposes. 

Work-at-Home Rights

Employees who meet the faculty/staff requirements are eligible for work-at-home rights to several software packages. The cost of this software is absorbed by the university and is provided strictly for work-related activities. Personal activities are prohibited under the rights agreement and software can only be used during the term of employment. When a faculty or staff member leaves the employment of the university, all rights to the software end and the software must be removed. Please carefully read the license agreement for more details.

Before You Buy

Note: Software purchased from OnTheHub is for home use only, not for university-owned computers. (Software for University-Owned Computers)

  • Know what you're buying before you make a purchase
  • Check system requirements
  • Select the right platform: Windows or Mac
  • Limit one per customer 

Payment Information

  • All sales are final
  • No refunds or returns
  • Payment is by credit card
  • University ProCard use is strictly prohibited

Available Software

Available software titles differ for faculty, staff, and students. Popular titles include but are not limited to:

  • Adobe Creative Cloud
    • Important Notes: 
      • Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions expire after one year. To renew your subscription, you must repurchase the software from OnTheHub. 
      • College Credit Plus students are not eligible for Adobe Creative Cloud purchases through OnTheHub.
      • CaTS is aware that some faculty, staff, and students are in a contract subscription with Adobe for Adobe Creative Cloud programs at $20/month. CaTS is working with Adobe to allow anyone currently in that contract to cancel and subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud with the updated pricing available through OnTheHub (see image below).
  • SPSS
  • Parallels
  • VMware
  • and More!

Visit the OnTheHub store for more information about pricing and software installation.

Purchasing and Installing Adobe Creative Cloud


Log in to with your campus 'w' username and password


Search and select Adobe Creative Cloud


Review the price and select Add to Cart


Review your Shopping Cart and select Check Out


You will be directed to a page that gives you details about your Adobe subscription, including the email address you will use to sign in to Adobe, and the date your subscription is good until. Click Install.


Open the download file and click Sign In. Select Enterprise ID if prompted. Enter your Wright State email address; you will then be redirected back to the Wright State log in screen. Enter your campus 'w' username and password.


Follow the steps to finish the installation process for Adobe Creative Cloud

Read&Write Gold

Wright State University now offers all faculty, staff, and students a free copy of Read&Write Gold for use on home computers. Read&Write Gold makes the web, documents, and files more accessible on any device.

To be eligible for the free Read&Write Gold license, you must be a current Wright State faculty, staff, or student. For Read&Write Gold installations, please contact the CaTS Help Desk at 937-775-4827.

SAS Statistical Software

SAS is available to all faculty, staff, and students through the virtual computing labs.

Getting Started

Accessing OnTheHub


Login with your campus 'w' username and password

Important Notes:

  • All purchases will be transferred to your new account once this change has been made.
  • Some users may have both a student and faculty/staff role in OnTheHub. If you are a faculty or staff member and also see the student tab at the top of the page, make sure the faculty/staff tab is selected before purchasing any software. 

Direct from Vendor

Software: Mail Order Discounts

There are a number of mail-order companies that specialize in academically priced software, including the following: 

Free Software

There are numerous free/open-source software sources on the internet.

Shopping Resources

These e-commerce sites on the web do not offer specific discounts to Wright State students or employees but they can be an excellent source of product reviews, technical notes and price comparison information. Remember, be extra cautious whenever purchasing items over the phone or the internet.