Geographical Information Systems

The ESRI Geographical Information Systems site license is one of the oldest Rutgers site licenses funded by a collaborative effort by the groups that use it. Site licenses such as this are an important academic application and thereby an enriching part of a University-wide Site-licensed Software Collection for the Rutgers Community.

Software Highlights

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) describes the computer hardware and software used to collect, manage, display and analyze large amounts of spatially-referenced data. This type of analysis, often when combined with other resources, can be a powerful method for identifying potential data relationships.

Student access to ARCGIS

Students are able to access the this GIS software in public labs (New Brunswick/Piscataway LabsCamden LabsNewark Labs) and possibly departmental labs

Courses in GIS at Rutgers

Graduate Certificate Program in Geospatial Information Science

There are several GIS short courses conducted at Rutgers through the Cook College Office of Continuous and Professional Education. Information on these courses can be found at

GIS Software Available at Rutgers

Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) software is site-licensed to Rutgers University. This site license is managed by the Center for Remote Sensing & Spatial Analysis. Information on the package, pricing, support, and procedures to obtain the software are available through CRSSA (note that this link only works on campus).

GIS Datasets

The Rutgers University Libraries have compiled a resource guide for identifying available numeric and GIS databases. Please check out