About SAS

What is it?

SAS, originally Statistical Analysis System, by SAS Analytics is an integrated collection of quantitative analysis, and data management and warehousing software. It is used in academic research,  academic administration, and in private industry (across disciplines).

How can I use it?

Note: This software is only licensed for academic teaching, learning, and research. UK's license does not cover use of this application for other purposes, including university business (retention, internal statisics, etc).

Base SAS includes a fourth-generation programming language; ready-to-use programs for data manipulation, information storage and retrieval, descriptive statistics, and report writing; and a macro facility.  You can manage data with case selection, file reshaping, and creating derived data. Statistical analysis tasks  that can be performed with the base package include the generation of descriptive statistics, bivariate statistics, prediction of numerical outcomes, and prediction of identifying groups.

With SAS/GRAPH software you can create charts and graphs. SAS/ETS software offers a broad array of time series, forecasting and econometric techniques.

SAS/STAT allows researchers to perform analysis of variance, regression, categorical data analysis, multivariate analysis,  survival analysis, cluster analysis, psychometric analysis, nonparametric analysis, multiple imputation for missing values, and other statistical analysis procedures that are not covered in Base SAS.

Who can use it?

All current UK faculty, staff, and students may download and install this application or access it through Virtual Den.

Where is it?

SAS can be acquired from http://download.uky.edu for installation on a personal computer or can be used online through Virtual Den.

To obtain the software, sign in with an active link blue account, search for SAS, and locate the correct version for your computer. Click the download link to get the installer, then complete the registration form to request a UK-specific software license.


UK currently maintains a site license for this software, so usage is free for current faculty, staff, and students. User licenses must be re-registered annually.

Getting Help

For technical support with download, installation, and license renewal, please call the UKIT Service Desk at 218-HELP (4357) or email helpdesk@uky.edu. Technical support staff in your college or department may also be able to assist you.

For technical support with application-specific or "how to" questions, please visit the vendor's support site to view self-help documentation and vendor contact information.

For support with statistical questions, guidance with study design or data evaluation, or software tool selection, please contact the Applied Statistics Lab in the College of Arts & Sciences to set up a consultation.

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