SPSS, which stands for Statistical Package for the Social Sciences, is a statistical software suite for detailed data processing and analysis developed by IBM. Mainly it’s used by market and health researchers, data miners, governments, marketing organizations, education researchers, and survey companies to collect, process and analyze large data sets. SPSS is even more popular than Stata and SAS.
This article will cover how to access the student version of the program with a discount, as well as how to get a free trial and the installation steps. As with every educational software edition, this is also limited to non-commercial usage. You can use it to learn, teach and do research for school projects.
SPSS student version overview
The student version of SPSS Statistics is called IBM SPSS Statistics GradPack, which is available as Base, Standard and Premium package, each having access to different features.
The Base plan includes: statistics base, data preparation and bootstrapping. The Standard plan includes everything from the Base plan plus: advance statistics, regression and custom tables. The Premium plan includes everything that SPSS Statistics has to offer.
For a student to get access to the GradPack, the active student status has to be maintained. Compared to the regular commercial versions, the GradPacks are up to 90% cheaper and cost from around $35 to $90 for a six-month subscription, depending on the package and software version.
Faculty Pack is for teachers and includes every SPSS Statistics feature, just like the Premium plan of the student version. The cost of this version is $260 for 12 months. We advise teachers and faculty members to check with their institution whether the software is already purchased on a school level.
If you want to try out the software, you can take advantage of the 30-day free trial option, which gives you access to all the features. However, after the trial ends, you won’t be able to apply the authorization code from the GradPack to continue using it. You have to uninstall the trial version from the device before installing the GradPack version.
GradPack and Faculty Packs are not available for direct purchase through IBM’s website, only from the official vendors, which include: OnTheHub, Hearne, StudentDiscounts, Studica, JourneyEd, and ThinkEDU. They are responsible for verifying your academic credentials, providing you with download links and installation guides as well as the authorization codes.
The software is available for Windows and Mac devices. Here are the recommended configurations for SPSS Statistics 28 edition:
Operating system – Windows 10 or later
Processor – 64-bit 1.6 GHz or faster
RAM – 8 GB
Hard disk – 4 GB of available space SSD type
Operating system – Mac OS Monterey 12.0, Big Sur 11, Catalina 10.15, Mac OS Mojave 10.14, OS High Sierra 10.13
Processor – 1.6 GHz or faster
RAM – 8 GB
Hard disk – 4 GB of available space SSD type
*Requires internet connectivity
How to download SPSS for students
SPSS Statistics 25, 26, 27 and 28 are available for student download. Regardless of which version you choose, the download process is the same. Important thing to mention is that with each purchase, you’ll get both Windows and Mac versions which you can install on two separate devices. To make the process smoother, we recommend obtaining a .edu email address if you don’t already have one.
- Visit the official IBM page for students and teacher
- Scroll down to see the list of official vendors and pick one. We recommend OnTheHub
- Go to the vendor’s website and search for the exact version of the software you want to download, select the rental period and package, and add it to the cart
- During the checkout process, enter your details such as a school-issued .edu email address, full name, country, city, address and billing details
- You may be required to upload documents to prove your student status, such as a school ID
- After the payment goes through, you will receive a confirmation email from the vendor with the download link and authorization code
- Click on the link and select 32-bit or 64- version, enter your personal details, select that you have already purchased the software and agree to the terms and conditions
- Save the installation file to your device
*IMPORTANT: Student and faculty version is not available in these countries: Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Dubai, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kuwait, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Qatar, Saudi Arabia
- Locate the installation file and click on it to run the installer
- If prompted, select that you want to install it as an administrator
- Allow the software to make changes to your computer
- Follow the on-screen installation instructions by clicking on the button “Next” and agree to the terms and conditions
- Select to install the essential addons for Python and agree to Python’s terms and conditions
- Click on the “Install” button to initiate the installation which will take up to 10 minutes depending on the performance of your device
- Once finished, open the license authorization wizard and follow the on-screen instructions
- Select the “Authorize user license” and enter the authorization code that you received via email from the vendor
- If the code is valid you will see a success message
- Click on the “Finish” button and start the application
- Get clear data insights to make smarter decisions
- Improve the quality and speed of research with a wide range of analytics
- Take advantage of open source integrations
- Plan, collect, analyze, and report data under one platform
- Store and analyze data safely on your computer
- Basic hypothesis testing
- Cluster analysis
- Data access and management
- Data preparation
Free SPSS Alternatives
PSPP – Free open-source alternative of the SPSS, however it offers a very limited number of functions compared to the SPSS. The advantage is that the user interface is similar, so if you are transitioning to PSPP, there is no need to relearn where each function is located.
R (programming language) – Unlike SPSS and PSPP, which have their user interfaces, R is a pure programing language reserved only for advanced users. It is capable of performing any complex data analysis and any field of research. Like PSPP, it is free and open-source. For beginners, we recommend starting with this book.
Rstudio – Free user interface and tools for the R programming language
JASP – Easy-to-use, fast, free and open source program for statistical analysis with its intuitive interface designed to be similar as SPSS. It offers both classical and Bayesian procedures.