BUMC IT is scheduling price increases for SAS, with single faculty and staff licenses costing $75 in FY25.

Statistical Analysis System (SAS) is a very popular statistical package that can be used for data management, report writing, statistical analysis, and graphics. Among its statistical capabilities are descriptive statistics, cross-tabulation, regression, analysis of variance, survival analysis, multivariate techniques, econometric and time series procedures, and operations research techniques. BUMC Information Technology currently has three versions of SAS; 9.1.3, 9.3, and 9.4. View included SAS products in each SAS version. The full SAS suite is only available for Windows computers. Mac computers can access SAS via the web or through remote access to a Windows system. For more information about SAS, view the SAS Website.

Our SAS license also includes access to SAS E-Learning. See the SAS E-Learning page for more information (BU login required).

How to:

Information about obtaining:

Basic SAS Requirements:

SAS for Students:

Boston University currently offers SAS at no charge to BU students who are currently enrolled in classes that require SAS as determined by their department’s Academic Coordinator. You will be required to enter a valid Boston University username and Kerberos password to access the software from Boston University. Please check with your professor as to which version of SAS you should obtain for class. If SAS is required for the completion of your degree, have your adviser submit an IT request.

To renew or obtain a copy of SAS (Students):

Student License terms:

  • No limit to the number of computers that students may install SAS
  • Computer MUST be owned by the student
  • If the computer is owned or purchased by BU or BMC, the license must be paid for by the department.

SAS for Faculty & Staff

There is an annual $55 fee for all Faculty and Staff that need to obtain a copy of SAS

Faculty & Staff License terms:

  • No limit to the number of computers that Faculty & Staff may install SAS
  • Computers MUST be assigned to that Faculty & Staff or are personally owned by that Faculty & Staff member
  • Shared use and unassigned computers (computers that are used by more than one person) are counted as individual licenses ($55/computer)

To renew or obtain a copy of SAS (Faculty/ Staff):

SAS for Boston Medical Center Staff

BUMC IT now accepts funds from BMC through ACH transfer. Please submit the BMC request form and we will provide an invoice with information on how to complete the process.

Once you let us know the invoice is in process, you will be e-mailed a link to download SAS. BMC staff with BU accounts will be able to use our download portal to download SAS. BMC staff without BU accounts can download through a sharing link or picked up in person by providing a flash drive.

To renew or obtain a copy of SAS (BMC):

IMPORTANT: If you wish to install SAS on a BMC computer, you will need to contact BMC ITS (617-414-4500) (Submit Request) once you download SAS to have it installed.

SAS for Servers

Supported platforms: Windows and Linux Servers (See SAS for supported versions)

For more information on SAS server pricing please contact BUMC IT.

Running SAS on a non-Windows Machine

SAS supports several ways of using SAS Studio to provide a basic SAS interface. BU also has a few other resources for using SAS. Please see our page Alternatives to Installing SAS for details.

Mac Users: If you are using a MAC you must have virtualization software with Windows [Students/Faculty/Staff] installed in order to install the full SAS suite. BUMC IT suggests the below for virtualization software. Otherwise you should see the Alternatives to Installing SAS for details on remote-access to SAS or SAS Studio.