Software Description: SAS® (Statistical Analysis Software) is a statistical analysis program.
Platform: Windows, Linux, App2Go server, Koti server.
Cost: No charge for authorized use, available via download.
VCU has a SAS university site license for VCU Academic Education and Research only. Teaching faculty may use it as a resource for teaching and learning, to gain analytical skills, build courses, create degree programs, grant certificates, conduct academic research, and network with other SAS users. It does NOT allow use for administrative purposes (see the Admin Use tab above) or use by VCUHS employees.
** If your VCU enrollment, employment, or computer ownership ends, the SAS products must immediately be uninstalled.
Note: Violation of the license policy may result in civil or criminal legal actions as well as University disciplinary action. Review the VCU Computer and Network Resource Use Policy for compliance details.
The SAS teaching and research site license, referenced in the above Teaching/Research Use tab, CANNOT be used for administrative purposes. However, separate administrative use licenses are available:
For Data on Banner ODS (Operational Data Store)
If you need to use SAS for administrative purposes in regard to data stored on the Banner ODS, such as HR, finance, or student records data, that can be accomplished by using certain SAS tools, such as SAS Enterprise Guide, without installing the full "Base SAS" software on your PC. For assistance, please contact the appropriate Banner ODS data owner. Additional Banner ODS data resources are available at ODS Data Access and Reporting.
For Other Data Sources or Uses
If you feel you need to install the full "Base SAS" software on your PC to use for administrative purposes, for example, to analyze non-Banner data, please visit SAS Admin request for more information and assistance.
To obtain SAS that will be used for administrative purposes, please refer to the above Admin Use tab.
Windows: Windows 10 Professional/Enterprise/Education/Home (64-bit and 32-bit)
Linux: See Linux system requirements.
Mac: See the SAS On A Mac section below.
(If you need SAS for administrative use, please visit the Admin tab above.)
For current VCU students, faculty, and staff, the SAS application for Windows and Linux is is available, at no charge, for individual download as a zip file (which must be extracted after download). Tech support groups for VCU units may request server access to the SAS installation depot of files. For Macs, see the SAS On A Mac section below.
The installation and use of SAS must conform to the site license restrictions noted within the above Teaching/Research Use tab.
To download the SAS installation zip file, at no charge, begin by visiting the appropriate site:
You may share the zip file with fellow VCU students, faculty, and staff for SAS installation on their PCs. However, such installations must be registered according to the instructions noted within the above Renew/Register tab. And the installation and use of SAS must conform to the site license restrictions noted within the above Teaching/Research Use tab.
Tech Support Group Access
Tech support groups for VCU units may request download access to the SAS installation depot of files on our file server. The downloaded files can be used to install SAS within their unit in labs, classrooms, etc., or on computers owned by VCU students, faculty, or staff. All installations of SAS must be registered by following the steps listed within the above Renew/Register tab, and the SAS license restrictions listed within the above Teaching/Research Use tab must be adhered to. To request download access, please contact the IT Support Center.
SAS 9.4 for Windows
Follow these SAS 9.4 Windows Installation Instructions to install SAS 9.4. The version currently available for download (as of November 12, 2020) is SAS 9.4 TS1M7, Rev. 940_20w39, which will install the following products:
For additional information on SAS Enterprise Miner / Text Miner, please see SAS Enterprise Miner/Text Miner.
SAS 9.4 for Linux
SAS, per se, is not available for the Macintosh, only for Windows and Linux. However, there are some options available to allow you to use SAS on a Mac:
SAS is available for teaching and research use via alternate sources:
These are "real" SAS and are provided by SAS, Inc. They can only be used for learning and educational purposes or for academic research at VCU that is not being published for profit. For more information, please see Free SAS.
To renew or register SAS that will be used for administrative purposes, please refer to the above Admin Use tab.
The renewal of SAS licenses must be completed annually. SAS licenses expire on June 30 each year. There is a 90-day grace period that extends through September 28. Failure to renew prior to September 29 will result in SAS not running on your computer. All SAS licenses must be registered.
All SAS licenses must be registered. If you obtained SAS at RamTech, you were asked at RamTech to register SAS online for a specified number of installations. Or, if you obtained SAS by downloading a zip file from VCU Technology Services, you registered when visiting that site. To register any other installations, including those using SAS obtained elsewhere (e.g., from a fellow VCU student or colleague), select the appropriate link from the list below and, at that website, provide the requested information and click the Continue button. A confirmation screen will display, and you will receive a confirmatin email.
To renew your SAS license, you must download and apply a new "SID file" (SAS Information Data file). Using the new SID file will extend your SAS license through the subsequent June 30, plus a 90-day grace period through September 28. To download the SID file, select the link below that matches your SAS version (if unsure, you probably have SAS 9.4 for Windows 64-bit). On the ensuing web page, provide the requested information and click the Continue button. Then on the final page, follow the download instructions provided. Instructions for applying the SID file will be sent to your VCU email address.
To determine when your SAS software will expire, submit the following SAS program, and then look in the SAS Log window:
Note that SAS will continue to run during a 90 day grace period beyond the expiration date that is displayed.
SAS e-Learning Courses - These are interactive video tutorials that are hosted on the SAS Academic Hub website. They allow you to learn basic, intermediate, and advanced SAS concepts and skills. They can be used to support academic instruction and research ONLY by current VCU students, faculty, and staff.
Current VCU students, faculty, and staff can gain FREE access to these SAS e-Learning courses as follows:
Here is a partial list of the available courses (as of this writing):
VCU Technology Services Short Courses on SAS - VCU Technology Services offers the following series of hands-on short courses to introduce SAS programming, each taught in 3.5-hour sessions. This series is typically offered early each fall and spring semester, and registration is required. An email announcement is sent to all registered VCU SAS users (if you obtained SAS via downlaod from VCU Technology Services or at RamTech, you are automatically registered). Note that statistical analysis is NOT taught in these classes, and they are NOT appropriate for Banner SAS users.
SAS Data Management *
SAS File Management *
* These two classes require some prior experience using SAS, such as that learned by taking the SAS Overview course.
SAS Institute Training SAS Courses - SAS Institute offers an extensive selection of public course offerings. Nearest training locations are Arlington, VA, Washington DC, and Cary, NC. VCU faculty, staff, and students are eligible for a 50% educational discount on most SAS Institute public training courses, certification exams, and e-Learning courses.
The Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research provides a variety of consulting services through the Statistics and Analytics Consulting Lab. Inquiries and appointment requests may be directed to email@example.com.
If you have difficulty installing, licensing, or running SAS, please submit a ticket with the IT Support Center for assistance.