The University Edition software offering, despite the name, is available for use by any learner anywhere in the world for non-commercial use. University Edition runs within a virtual machine, therefore it will run on PCs, Macs and Linux operating systems.
University Edition has the new SAS Studio interface which allows users to write code or utilize a set of guided tasks which will write the code for you for a pre-determined set of analyzes. There are free video tutorials and teaching materials to introduce you to this interface.
There are four SAS products under University Edition; BASE SAS, SAS/STAT, SAS/IML and Access to PC Files. All of these are full versions of the products and are not limited or "student" versions. The size of the data you can analyze depends on the storage and memory of the machine on which it runs since it is running locally.
SAS has now made freely available three of its self-paced e-learning courses. You can share these with your students and colleagues. They are Introduction to Statistical Concepts, Statistics 1: Introduction to ANOVA, Regression, and Logistic Regression, and SAS Programming 1: Essentials.
University Edition can be used for preparing for SAS Certification, learning the SAS programming language and learning statistical concepts from basic to advanced. What is not included in University Edition is support for other languages, the high performance procedures nor the ODS graphics. Graphing capabilities as part of the 9.4 procedures are included.
SAS also provides access to another free product for non-commercial learning activities. SAS Studio which is available through SAS OnDemand for Academics is cloud based access to SAS. As this is cloud access and not downloadable, learners have access to four additional pieces of SAS software with this offering. SAS/ETS (time series), SAS/OR (operations research), SAS/QC (quality control), SAS/Graph (more configurable graphing options) and the high performance procedures are available through this offering. The same tutorials and free e-learning available as well.