About SPSS

What is it?

SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) is a data management and analysis product produced by IBM SPSS, Inc.

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).

Among its features are modules for statistical data analysis, including descriptive statistics such as plots, frequencies, charts, and lists, as well as sophisticated inferential and multivariate statistical procedures like analysis of variance (ANOVA), factor analysis, cluster analysis, and categorical data analysis. SPSS is particularly well-suited for survey research, though by no means is it limited to just this topic of exploration.

In addition to statistical analysis, data management (case selection, file reshaping, creating derived data) and data documentation (a metadata dictionary is stored in the datafile) are features of the base software.

Who can use it?

All current UK faculty, staff, and students may download and install this application.

Where is it?

SPSS can be acquired from http://download.uky.edu for installation on a personal computer.

To obtain the software, sign in with an active link blue account, search for SPSS, 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.

Technical Requirements

System Requirements