Solidworks Student License

Solidworks is now available for download and installation on both university owned and personal computers.

How to Get Solidworks

Solidworks is already installed in the Computing Facility labs. If you need assistance using the software in our labs, please contact us for help.

An activation key is required to install Solidworks. To obtain an activation key, please download these instructions.

How to Get Certified in Solidworks

SEAS is able to provide certification vouchers for Solidworks. The directions to apply are below:

  1. Go to and click on the “CSWA Provider Application” link.
  2. Complete the web application.

School Name
School Address
School Website URL
SolidWorks License Number
Contact Name
Contact Email
Contact Telephone Number
Your SolidWorks Reseller
Proposed Date to give the CSWA Exam
Proposed number of students to take the CSWA Exam

  1. This form is then reviewed by SolidWorks Education and SolidWorks Certification departments to validate the application (including the requirement of the school to be current with their subscription service)
  2. Upon approval, the Certification department will create an online testing account for the contact person, based on their email address, and issue a set number of complimentary CSWA exam credits.  These credits must be converted to ‘vouchers’ by the contact person then individually distributed by the contact person to each student on test day.  The contact person will receive an email from indicating their login credentials.
  3. Please contact GW IT to receive voucher information for the exam portion. 


Students also have free access to MySolidWorks. Here is how to sign up: 

  1. Go to the registration page
  2. Choose "Create Account"
  3. Enter your GWU email address
  4. Make sure you select “I am not a SolidWorks customer or I do not have a SolidWorks Serial #” when signing up. Do not input the Student Access code until AFTER the account has been created
  5. After you have created the account, log in and enter the student access code.