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GIS (Geographic Information Systems): ArcGIS Pro

ArcGIS Pro

ArcGIS Pro

ArcGIS Pro + all extensions are the latest professional desktop and online GIS application from Esri. With ArcGIS Pro, you can explore, visualize, and analyze data; create 2D maps and 3D scenes, and collaborate, share or publish your work online or with others. 

ArcGIS Pro Extensions include 3D Analyst, Aviation Airports, Aviation Charting, Bathymetry, Business Analyst, Data Interoperability, Data Reviewer, Defense Mapping, Geospatial Analyst, Image Analyst, Locate XT, Location Referencing, Maritime, Network Analyst, Production Mapping, Publisher, Spatial Analyst, Production mapping, Publisher, Spatial Analyst, and Workflow Manager.

Applications upon request: ArcGIS Business Analyst Web and Mobile Apps, ArcGIS Community Analyst, ArcGIS GeoPlanner, ArcGIS Insights, ArcGIS Tracker, Esri Redistricting and more

This page provides information for Student access, Faculty and Staff access, and Training tutorials.


You must have an ArcGIS Online (AGOL) account under the University's Organization to access the University's ArcGIS Pro Software. 

Create an ArcGIS Online (AGOL) Account

  1. You will need to create an ArcGIS Online account under the University’s Organizational AGOL.
    • If you are in a GIS class, your instructor will send you an invitation and instructions.
    • If you are not in a class and need to access for a class project or research, please request an invitation from the librarian, Chrissy Klenke, Earth Sciences, GIS, and Maps Librarian.
    • If you have a public account, you can migrate your public account. Follow the instructions from the invitation email
  2. Create your account using your UNR Email ( or
    • Do not use SAML, OpenID Connect, ArcGIS, or social media logins to create your account. This is not associated with your UNR NetID and Passcode.

Access to ArcGIS Pro Software

The rest of the guide provides detailed information to help you access ArcGIS Pro software:  

For a Personal Computer

ArcGIS Pro, + all extensions, and applications

Current students are eligible to receive an ArcGIS Pro License for their personal computer.  You must have administrative rights to the computer and do not recommend this for university-owned computers.  ESRI’s ArcGIS student licenses are for educational purposes only (no commercial use). ESRI products are compatible with Windows-based computers only. This software is NOT compatible with Mac computers. Check your computer for ArcGIS Pro system and hardware requirements.

  • Once your AGOL account is activated follow these instructions to download and access the software.  Skip down to the Download ArcGIS Pro from ArcGIS Online section, about mid-way down the page. 
    • Download ArcGIS Pro Instructions 
      • These are single-use student licenses for personal computers only.
      • The license includes advanced software and extensions, and can only be used for educational purposes only.
      • The ArcGIS Pro software is not compatible with macOS/iOS systems or Chromebooks.
        • Recommend using Remote Services - DataWorks SilverWolf Desktop for access. Refer to Access Remotely - Virtual Desktop section for details. 

Access Remotely - Virtual Desktop

Request Access

Remote Services are resources offered by the University that can be connected virtually.  Virtual Campus Resources include Virtual Dataworks Desktop environments for active students, faculty, and staff to access campus software.

  • DataWorks – SilverWolf is a remote desktop environment available to active students, staff, and faculty who are doing more resource-intensive or high-powered work on a remote connection. For instance, if are you computing large data sets for academic purposes, SilverWolf can grant you a more dedicated system that will allow the data processing to proceed more smoothly and reduce strain on BlueWolf for the rest of the Campus.
    • If you are in a GIS course using ArcGIS Pro, your instructor will submit the request for access on your behalf. 
    • If you need ArcGIS Pro for research or a project and you are not in a GIS course: Access to SilverWolf must be requested through OIT with a valid business or academic purpose. To request access, report an issue, or request to add a software title to the desktop, visit the Access a Virtual Desktop Collection – Request Service to submit your ticket to TeamDynamix or call the OIT helpdesk at (775) 682-5000.
    • Featured software includes ArcGIS Pro, ENVI, R, Python, and more.
    • Adobe applications are not included in Remote Desktops.

Accessing Remote Desktops

If you are on a public computer (Windows-based) or do not have administrative rights to your computer, you may access Remote Desktop Services via their website.

  1. Open any browser and go to
  2. Follow the directions on Connecting to the Virtual Desktop via Remote Website.

If you are on a personal computer or have admin rights, you can download the RemoteApp to access Remote Desktops.

Once you download the Microsoft Remote Desktop App and set up your workspaces (DataWorks), you will launch the app from your applications, sign in with your net id, accept the Disclaimer and wait for about 10 – 30 sections for your desktop to load.

If you have any issues accessing any virtual desktops via remote access please contact OIT's phone, chat, or help desk for further assistance.

Library Computer Labs

ArcGIS Pro software is available on the UNR Libraries computer labs listed below:

  • GIS Depot is located in the DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library, Basement Level (10 computers with dual screens available). These computers have ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Pro, R, Python and more installed.


Faculty and Staff access to ESRI Licenses and ArcGIS application must be requested from Campus OIT's software page - ESRI

You must have an ArcGIS Online (AGOL) account under the University's Organization in order to access the University's ArcGIS Pro License. You will receive an invitation to create or migrate a public account from OIT.

Here is important information for ordering the software:

  • Software is deployed to each computer by its name or "hostname."  The hostname of each computer receiving the software is required on every order. For instructions on how to find a computer's hostname, see OIT's Computer Name page.
    • By clicking on this page, it will tell you the computer's name you are currently on
  • The campus ESRI license allows for installation only on university-owned computers. Personal computers are not eligible for campus ESRI licenses. 
  • Annual ESRI renewals campus-wide are in June of every year.
  • Annual ESRI Licenses automatically expire after a 30-day grace period. During the 30-day grace period, users get a warning that the license is going to expire up to the last day. Even if a user has purchased a renewal license for the upcoming year, the notifications will not stop until the new license automatically rolls over on the first day of the new license period. 


Getting Started with ArcGIS Pro

Esri Academy is a free online training resource and course catalog that provides a variety of options and learning paths for GIS. This academy is a self-paced learning platform to help GIS users at all levels to learn basics, applications, data management, mapping, spatial analysis, data science, field operations, scripting, imagery, remote sensing, 3D visualization and analytics for workflows, enhance projects with geographic context, and create information that leads to better decision-making. To learn more go to ESRI Academy Training Courses.

The sections in the ArcGIS Pro Quick-Start Tutorials introduce basic elements of the user interface. You will build on this knowledge as you use the application, read the help, and complete the tutorials.