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IBM SPSS Statistics @ UNCG

IBM SPSS Statistics is a widely-used program for statistical analysis in social science, published by IBM. There are different modules available for lease through Information Technology Services (ITS). IBM SPSS Statistics can be installed on Windows, Mac and LINUX operating systems.

Who is eligible?

IBM SPSS Statistics may be installed on a University (desktop or laptop) computer, or used on a home computer by faculty, staff or students enrolled in degree-granting programs at UNCG. Currently, staff in non-academic departments are only eligible to use IBM SPSS Statistics version 20 or earlier.  In 2012, UNCG changed its license agreement with IBM to take advantage of a new UNC system-wide license agreement for IBM SPSS Statistics. Unfortunately this agreement did not cover non-academic users.  Our previous license allows continued use of all previous versions, and we are attempting to modify the agreement to include non-academic users before those versions become too dated.

What modules are available?

The new UNCG agreement with IBM means the suite of modules available to UNCG students, faculty, and staff in academic departments, significantly expanded starting with IBM SPSS Statistics 21. For a description of the modules visit IBM SPSS Statistics Modules.

For version 20 and earlier, the available modules are Regression, Advanced Statistics, Missing Values, and Forecasting. 

Starting with version 21, the available modules are different on UNCG computers versus home use.  Users on UNCG computers can freely use SPSS Campus Edition, which includes IBM SPSS Statistics Base, Advanced Statistics & Regression. 

Home users can purchase an annual (August to August) lease of IBM SPSS Premium, which includes:

  • IBM SPSS Statistics Base
  • Advanced Statistics
  • Regression
  • Custom Tables Data Preparation
  • Missing Values
  • Forecasting
  • Decision Trees
  • Direct Marketing
  • Complex Samples
  • Conjoint
  • Neural Networks
  • Bootstrapping
  • Categories
  • Exact Tests
  • IBM SPSS Visualization Designer (requires separate installation)
  • IBM SPSS SamplePower modules (requires separate installation)

The last two are separate applications and require separate licensing, but the fee is included with a single purchase of IBM SPSS Premium.

Version compatibility

Please note the following version compatibilities:

SPSS version Windows OS version Mac OS version
20 XP, Vista, 7 OSX 10.6, 10.7
21 XP, Vista, 7, 8 OSX 10.6, 10.7, 10.8
22 XP, Vista, 7, 8 OSX 10.7, 10.8, 10.9
23 XP, Vista, 7, 8 OSX 10.8, 10.9, 10.10
24 XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 OSX 10.10, 10.11

For more information, visit, IBM Software Product Compatibility Reports.

How can I get the software?

  • Install from the campus network.
    IBM SPSS Statistics is available for installation at no charge from the UNCG network for University-owned computers. It may be installed from the Application Catalog (AppCat). For details on installing software from AppCat, please see Installing Applications.
  • MyCloud @ UNCG
    Log in to MyCloud @ UNCG with your UNCG username and password at mycloud.uncg.edu.
  • ITS computer labs
  • Purchase from the UNCG Online Software Store
    Faculty, students, and staff in academic departments who wish to install SPSS or AMOS on their personal computers may do so by purchasing an activation key — $45 for SPSS, $30 for AMOS — and downloading the software from the UNCG Online Software Store. Information Technology Services (ITS) is partnering with Kivuto, Inc., to provide 24/7 online access to discounted software.
  • Install from DVD
    • DVDs for versions 20 only are available through ITS for a fee of $10 per year per the module for Statistics Base (required with any SPSS installation), and your choice of Regression, Advanced Statistics, Missing Values, and Forecasting modules (max $50 for all 5 modules).
    • To purchase the module DVDs, go to SPSS Lease. For DVD installation instructions, see: Installing SPSS for the Mac and Installing SPSS for Windows.

      Note: ITS cannot guarantee how long we will be able to sell and generate licenses for these older versions, or that work produced in the older versions will be compatible with work produced by using the versions in the ITS labs or that your instructor may be using in class. Please be sure to check with your instructor before purchasing the older versions for course work.
  • SPSS demo copies
    You can get a 14-day trial version directly from IBM here::
    http://www14.software.ibm.com/download/data/web/en_US/trialprograms/W110742E06714B29.html
    (or just search on “IBM SPSS trial”)

Getting Help

You may find the following resources helpful:

  • SPSS Built-In Help
    SPSS on Windows has a built-in help. Click Help on the top menu. You may search contents by entering key words.
  • SPSS Programming Support
    The most commonly-used resource is Reynold's SPSS Tools web page (http://www.spsstools.net).
  • Additional SPSS Support
    If you didn't find your answer using the resources listed above, contact 6-TECH at (336) 256-TECH (8324) or 6-TECH@uncg.edu.
  • 6-TECH Support Center
    If you need help installing SPSS on your laptop or tablet, please visit the 6-TECH Support Center, located in the lobby of the McNutt Building.