How Do I Download Microsoft Office 365?

Current students, faculty, and staff are eligible to download Office 365 for their Windows PC or Mac free from the University. That’s right, FREE! Here’s how!

1. Log in to your Dominican Email at

Note: Downloading and installing can take over an hour. Please make sure that you have time to finish the installation, that you are using the computer you would like Office to install onto, and that your device is connected to an outlet.

2. Once your Inbox loads, click on the dot square icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

3. Click on "Microsoft 365"

4. Click on "Install apps" -> "Microsoft 365 apps" to download the Office 365 installer.

5. Find and open the Office 365 installer in your recent downloads. Note that running the installer to completion requires administrative privileges.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q – What does Office 365 include?

A - Office 365 comes with a full version of Office and familiar Office applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, OneNote and more. (Note that the Access application is not available for the Mac.) Office 365 is a user-based service that students can install on up to five PCs or Macs and five tablets. Students can also access Office mobile applications on iPhone and Android phones. (Office Mobile applications are included with all Windows phones).

Q - I need to use Access, but I have a Mac. How do I get Access?

A - If you have a Mac and you need to get to MS Access, the Remote Application server is your best solution. To access the Remote Application server, you must first request access to the Dominican VPN and then install the Microsoft Remote Desktop application.

The Dominican VPN is accessible to approved students, faculty, and staff, and allows those to securely access the Dominican network from off-campus. For more information on how to get approved for VPN access and on installing the VPN software, see this article: Article - VPN Information - Global Pr... (

After installing the Dominican VPN, install the Microsoft Remote Desktop application by following the instructions below:

  1. From the Mac App Store, download and install Microsoft Remote Desktop. 

  1. Next, go to and log in using your DU network ID and password. If off-campus, be sure that you are connected to the Dominican VPN!
  2. Select the desired application from the list that appears.
  3. Upon selection, a small Remote Desktop file will be downloaded.

  1. Locate and double-click that file after downloading has completed.
  2. Remote Desktop will be launched on your computer and you will be prompted to enter your DU network ID and password.
  3. The application will now open.

Q – What happens when I graduate?

A – As long as your Dominican Student Email account is active, the licenses will be available. Your Dominican Student Email account will remain active for 6 months after you graduate.

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