University of California, Riverside

Student Computing Services


The following recommended standard software suite covers the minimum software needs of the average UCR student and is actively supported by Student Computing Services. The versions listed are the ideal, but a slightly older version will generally suffice.  In addition, all web browser, office suite and PDF software listed will be available for student use in the general access computing labs maintained by Student Computing Services.

Links are provided to sites where the software can be downloaded or purchased.

Software TypeWindowsMacintosh
Operating System 10 10.11
Web Browser Firefox Firefox
Email Outlook (included in Office) Mail (included with OS)
Anti-virus/Anti-spyware Windows Defender (included in Windows 8 and above) Avast
Office Office 2016 (available via Office 365) Office 2016 (available via Office 365)
PDF Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Acrobat Reader

Some alternatives to the programs in the software suite are:




  • Preview (included in Mac OS 10)

Web Browser

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Student Computing Services
2103 Watkins Hall

Tel: (951) 827-4848 (827-IT4U)