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Using ArcGIS at The Ohio State University

Learn more about using Esri products for teaching, learning, and research through Ohio State's education institutional agreement

Contact Esri Support at Ohio State

If you have questions about accessing, licensing, or general technical support for products available through our Esri education institutional agreement, please email We will do our best to respond to your inquiry within two business days.

Getting Started with ArcGIS Online

ArcGIS Online is a web-based application that can be used to create and share interactive maps and apps and perform spatial analysis tasks. Users with basic mapping and spatial analysis needs should consider using ArcGIS Online, as it is easier to learn and use than the more complex (but powerful) desktop software.


Ohio State affiliates are able to create an ArcGIS Online organizational account associated with their university credentials (see below for detailed instructions). Member defaults for these accounts include:



Institutional Data Classification


Please be aware that ArcGIS Online is recommended for use with institutional data up to and including S3 - Private, according to Ohio State's Cloud Assessment Registry. ArcGIS Online should not be used for viewing, analyzing, or storing S4 - Restricted data. For more information about data classification and to determine if your intended use of ArcGIS Online adheres to these terms, please see Ohio State's Institutional Data Policy and the Data Element Classification Assignments reference document. If you are working with S4 - Restricted data and have questions about whether there are resources available through Ohio State's Esri education institutional agreement for your intended use, please contact

ArcGIS Online - Creating & Accessing Your Account

Follow the instructions below to log in to your Ohio State ArcGIS Online organizational account. If you do not already have an account, one will be created for you the first time you log in with these steps.


  1. Navigate to The Ohio State University's ArcGIS Online organization.
  2. Click on "The Ohio State University."
ArcGIS Online log in page showing The Ohio State University option
  1. Log in using your Ohio State credentials.
Ohio State shibboleth log in page

NOTE: If you instead choose to log in via the generic ArcGIS Online website (, you must select the option to sign in with "Your ArcGIS organization's URL" as shown below to be able to log in with your Ohio State credentials.

Alternate sign in process for ArcGIS Online including expanding the organization log in option, entering ohiostate (all one word and lowercase) as the org, and then clicking on The Ohio State University

ArcGIS Online - Learn More

ArcGIS Online is a versatile web-based GIS, and we encourage users to review the resources linked below to learn more about additional considerations for using the platform at Ohio State and for accessing relevant training opportunities.



Map Viewer


Please note that there are two versions of Map Viewer included with ArcGIS Online: Map Viewer and Map Viewer Classic. As of the Autumn 2023 semester, Map Viewer is the default option for Ohio State's ArcGIS Online organization. This means that opening content from an item page or starting a new map from the navigation menu will use Map Viewer as the default option.


Individual ArcGIS Online users can toggle between Map Viewer and Map Viewer Classic when using the map interface and can also choose to keep Map Viewer Classic as their preferred option. To do this, go to the My settings page of your user profile. In the General section, select the Map Viewer Classic option under Primary map viewer. However, please be aware that Esri has indicated Map Viewer Classic is deprecated as of June 2023 and is expected to be retired in December 2025.


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