GIS at the University of Michigan

Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, is used widely at the University of Michigan. This page is a clearinghouse of information about GIS software and related resources at the University of Michigan.

Access to GIS Software in Public Labs

Most public labs on campus, including PC computer labs administered by SITES and CAEN, include ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Pro, and QGIS.

ESRI Campus Site License Information

ITS administers the site license for ESRI's ArcGIS software, and distributes the software, including Desktop, Pro, Server, and other items included in our site license. More information can be found on ITS' page about ArcGIS. Please contact if you are interested in an ESRI product but are not sure if it is included in the site license. The site license includes a subscription to ArcGIS Online for Organizations, please see ArcGIS Online at the University of Michigan for more information.

A GIS Community of Practice

A GIS Community of Practice meets regularly online and off to share information, experiences and ideas around GIS topics, especially as they relate to the University of Michigan.

Support for Learning and Using GIS and Locating Geospatial Data

Specific information about for-credit courses, open workshops, self-paced tutorials, and other resources for learning GIS at University of Michigan is at .

CSCAR provides support for spatial analysis , both through consulting and grant support.

The Clark Library provides support for locating geospatial data and assistance with using ArcGIS, ERDAS Imagine and other spatial analysis software.

LSA IT provides a wide-variety of GIS Consulting services through the LSA IT Advocacy and Research Support team. The LSA ArcGIS for Server Service provides enterprise-level ArcGIS data management, web services, and collaboration support.

A multi-unit team assists with troubleshooting ArcGIS installations and submitting problem reports to ESRI, please email .

The ESALab is a unit within the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) that primarily provides support to SEAS constituents.

GIS and Spatial Analysis in the Curriculum

A graduate certificate in spatial analysis is available to UM graduate students via the School for Environment and Sustainability.


For more information or to add your campus GIS presence to this list, please email Nicole Scholtz at .

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Last modified: 02/06/2019