SolidWorks Student Installation Procedures

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For COE Students

Students in the College of Engineering can download the SolidWorks Student Engineering Kit (SEK) for their personal PC or laptop.

Please connect to the VPN, then log in with your COE (not NUnet) username and password on this page for instructions and to get your activation code.

You must use the Northeastern University VPN to view the web form if you are off-campus.

For Northeastern Students from Colleges other than COE

Northeastern students outside of COE can now obtain SolidWorks SEK through the ITS Help Desk.

Students should follow a three-step process to obtain directions:

  1. Go to this link to get to the initial instructions page
  2. Log into the ITS Knowledge Base with myNortheastern credentials
  3. Return to this link to get licensing info and further instructions.

Students can also find this information by using the Service Desk’s basic search for the term “Solidworks”.

Frequently Asked Questions

My SEK installation is not working correctly

Make sure that you have followed the instructions provided carefully.

Also note that if you have previously installed an SEK on your computer, the old installation must be completely removed before attempting the new installation to avoid conflicts.

If you are a COE student still having issues, send email to help@coe.neu.edu with screenshots of any errors you see and your availability for a troubleshooting session (typically conducted via Teams).

If you are not a COE student, and are still having issues, send email to help@northeastern.edu with as much detail as possible, and one of the ITS Help Desk staff will do their best to assist you.

Can I run SolidWorks on my Mac or Linux PC?

SolidWorks runs on Windows only (not Mac or Linux), sorry.

To install the SolidWorks SEK locally on your own Mac or Linux computer, you can get VMware Fusion for Mac, or VMware Workstation for Linux, for free through the MyNortheastern Portal -- it will allow you to run Windows in a virtual machine on your Mac or Linux PC. Then you can install SolidWorks in your virtual machine as described above.

How can I get access to SolidWorks if I cannot install it on my computer?

COE students can use the COE VLAB to run SolidWorks from any computer or tablet. Please see the COE VLAB page for instructions.

ITS also provides SolidWorks through their Windows Virtual Desktop (VDI) environment. For non-COE students who cannot install on their own computer, this is likely the best choice. You can find more information on this through the public service portal by searching for "Windows Virtual Desktop"

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