Solidworks for Faculty, Labs, & Grad Students -

Network License

Solidworks Education software may be used for Academic non-commercial research and non-funded research.

STOP!! Are you UGRAD?  If yes, use the SEK version HERE.

Download Solidworks  (Network License Version)

Solidworks 2023-2024 version:

Download .zip file:  Solidworks zip

License server & serial number - license server


1) Unzip the file using Windows, 7zip, or whatever you typically use.

2) Click on setup.exe to start the installation.

3) Use the serial number and license server from the file you downloaded above.

4) Select "Individual Installation"

5) Note: I generally do not install the Electric components because it installs Microsoft SQL. Even if it's deselected, sometimes it installs

5) Additional Installation instructions.

6) When I upgrade the software, I usually find it necessary to completely uninstall. Then I clean-up the computers and old registry entries with CCleaner. Then I'm ready to install the recent version.


Please see this link for troubleshooting tips.

About our Solidworks License:

This is a full-version of Solidworks. Please know it is 1 year behind the commercial version and there may be incompatibilities with the commercial version.

Usage requires a UCI campus IP address so that you can obtain a license from the on-campus license server.  Off-campus users should use the UCI VPN service.

The following software packages are available to faculty & students through our contract:

Vouchers for CSWA exams

Please contact Lisa Preble to obtain a voucher that will cover the cost of your CSWA exam. If you're an instructor and want to distribute voucher codes to students, then fill out the form at this link.

As of 2019, CSWA exams no longer have to be proctored for Academic courses.

What is included with our license?

1) Solidworks Software

2) Training via MySolidWorks for Students ($360 value per student)

3) Certification Exams - 

Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate Academic

Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Academic

Certified SOLIDWORKS Accredited Educator is provided when you complete: Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate Exam, and the Technology Educator Competency Exam

Certification Vouchers for Instructors

Academic certifications changes:

a) Post-secondary institutions are not required to proctor certification exams.

b) Faculty can now request exam vouchers: