It’s been almost two weeks since we first launched our free Student License program. To put it mildly, these have been very interesting and busy days.
Here’s a quick recap:
- On September 23rd, we announced our Student License program initially supporting students and teachers with International Student Identity Cards (ISIC) and .edu email addresses for verification. The response was overwhelmingly positive but it also included a wave of feedback from “non .edu” students who could not easily apply.
- On September 24th, just one day later, we were able to quickly integrate a great SWOT library into our system. This allowed a large new number of international students to sign up using their university email address. Additionally, if their university was not already in our database, they could contribute to it with a simple pull request on GitHub. Once a request is accepted and merged, the system is updated automatically.
That’s the power of open-source in action!
By now, we’ve already received more than 180 pull requests from universities and colleges from around the world.
Student License Program Stats
If you are a numbers person, enjoy!
- 20K students applied in the first 48 hours
- 34K students have been approved so far
- Students from 117 different countries are represented (see top 10 countries graphic)
- Universities with the most student licenses:
- Georgia Institute of Technology
- University of Illinois
- University of California, Berkeley
- University of Texas at Austin
- Wrocław University of Technology
- University of Washington
- Rochester Institute of Technology
- National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
We also know a number of ways people have found to abuse the program. We are not going to spend a great deal of time fighting it, but here is a friendly reminder that the student license allows the use of our software for educational purposes only.
What Are People Saying?
Here are just a few comments from the mountains of feedback that we have received.
Alternatives to Student License
If for some reason you still can’t apply for the Student License program, encourage your university or college to get a Classroom License for you and your classmates.
It’s Great to be a Student Today
We’re glad that many other companies are thinking about students and offering their professional tools and services for use in an educational setting.
For example, GitHub just announced today their GitHub Student Developer Pack in collaboration with different developer tools vendors. Microsoft has also recently made it easier for students to get Microsoft Office for free.
No doubt there are more similar offers by other vendors. Which ones have you applied for? What do you find the most useful for your studies?