Adobe Creative Cloud for Students

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud, previously Creative Suite, is a collection of applications developed by Adobe Systems for creating PDF documents, graphic design, collaborative design, video editing, web development, 2D/3D rendering, mobile app design, and photography.

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Does UMKC offer free Student access to Adobe products?

All UMKC students have free access to the full licensed Adobe Creative Cloud software in general use labs on campus. Creative Cloud is currently in the following locations:

  • Miller Nichols Library 2nd Floor
  • Nursing HSB 3304
  • Royall Hall 303
  • Student Union 210

Depending on your degree program, you may also have access to certain Departmental Labs. Check the complete listing of which Departmental labs include Adobe Creative Cloud. Remote Access to Adobe Creative Cloud is available with RooLabs Online. RooLabs Online allows students to remotely access software from any device off-campus. Students previously accessing Adobe Creative Cloud via UMKC Remote Labs should now transition to RooLabs Online.

UMKC also provides all active students complimentary access to Adobe Express for use on personal computers and mobile devices. Express offers lightweight versions of popular Creative Cloud apps that focus on ease of use compared the more fully featured licensed counterparts available in UMKC Labs. Express includes a limited selection of desktop and mobile apps as well as a variety of tools accessible online via a web browser with no installation required. Get started at Users are still required to login with a UMKC AdobeID to access these tools and services.

Can I get my own Adobe Student License?

Students in certain degree programs within the UMKC College of Arts & Sciences may be eligble to receive a free student license paid for by the University. Please contact your instructor to verify eligibility. If you have already been provided a UMKC student license, please refer to the section below regarding 'how to login'

UMKC students are eligible to purchase personal Adobe subscriptions with a student discount. This requires the creation of a personal AdobeID. Students can not use existing AdobeIDs that were previously tied to UMKC Adobe licenses. Please reveiw Adobe's System Requirements before installing on a personal machine. Assistance with licenses purchased directly from Adobe are supported solely by Adobe. UMKC does not provide support for these licenses.

If you have an Adobe Student license, you can install Creative Cloud on your personal device
  1. Download the Creative Cloud Launcher directly from
  2. Run the downloaded file while logged in with your computer's administrator account.
  3. Review the section below on 'how to login' with your subscription.
  4. After successfully logging in, click Start Installing.
  5. When the initial installation is complete, Creative Cloud Desktop should open automatically.
  6. Browse the list of available apps and click Install for each app you need to use. A progress bar will appear for each app you choose to install.
  7. When each app is ready for use, a button labeled Open will appear.
  8. On Windows computers, installed apps will be added to your Start Menu.

How do I login to Acrobat or Creative Cloud Apps?

The first time you launch a Creative Cloud app you will be prompted to Login with an AdobeID. Enter your UMKC Username followed by “”. You do not need to enter a password yet. You will not be able to access on-campus labs, RooLabs Online, or your UMKC student subscription if you sign in with a personal AdobeID or login as You must use

You will be prompted for an account type. Choose "School Account."

Enter your UMKC Username in the format

You will be redirected to the Microsoft sign in page for UM System.

Verify your identity using your chosen multifactor authentication (MFA) method. For more information on MFA please see the UMKC MFA page.

Adobe Authenticator App and Multi-Factor Authentication?

"Adobe Authenticator" and "Adobe Account Access" are two Adobe mobile device apps targeted at consumer Adobe subscriptions using personal AdobeIDs. All Adobe accounts provided by UMKC are Adobe FederatedIDs (not personal IDs) which allows you to login with your UMKC password to Adobe Products. As part of the Federation process, all UMKC Adobe accounts are already robustly secured and protected via other mechanisms similar to the Adobe authenticator app. Manually enrolling your UMKC FederatedID ( in the consumer protection apps, consumer multi-factor authentication, or consumer two-step verification may result in your account being locked out by Adobe.

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