This document provides information about how to access and get support for SAS at USC.

Best known as a statistical analysis system, SAS is now used in business, research, education, and social services. SAS is a powerful software system that includes a programming language, many statistical features, hundreds of built-in functions, macro capability, reporting functions, and graphics.

Where to Find SAS

You may install SAS on your PC for free if you are a USC faculty member, staff member, or student. For information on how to get SAS for your computer, please contact your school or department’s local IT support.

USC IT directors (or designates) may request a copy of SAS by sending an email to

SAS is also installed on computers in all of the USC Computing Centers.

  • King Olympic Hall
  • Ahmanson Information Commons at Leavey Library
  • Waite Phillips Hall of Education

SAS is also available on USC’s compute facilities and on the High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster.

There is no version of SAS written for the Macintosh operating system. Macintosh users can access access SAS on the UNIX servers using X11, and Intel-based Macs can also run SAS using VMWare Fusion, Parallels, or similar virtualization software.

SAS Resources for Students

Students can also install SAS on their personal laptops by downloading the free SAS University Edition from the SAS website at This version works on both the Windows and Mac operating systems.

Please read this website carefully before downloading and installing SAS University Edition. There are four SAS products under SAS University Edition: BASE SAS, SAS/STAT, SAS/IML and Access to PC Files. All of these are full versions of the products and are not limited or “student” versions. The size of the data you can analyze with this program will be limited by the storage and memory of the computer on which it is run.

Getting Help

For assistance with SAS installation issues, you can search the SAS knowledgebase at, contact SAS technical support at 919-677-8008, or send an email to SAS technical support at

When you contact SAS technical support, you will need to provide the representative with your SAS Tech Site Number (TSN). For information on how to find this TSN, please see