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GIS & Geospatial Technologies: ArcGIS account

This guide provides GIS tutorials, data, books, course-specific GIS guides and other geospatial related information that might be of interest.

Two Methods for Signing into AGO

The TWO options to sign into the UC San Diego ArcGIS Online account will work for setting up an account and for logging on in the future. 

Whenever you use Esri or ArcGIS resources, UC San Diego affiliates with a UCSD email account will want to sign in using the "Your ArcGIS organization's URL" login and the “ucsdonline” as the organization’s address URL. Your affiliation with UC San Diego’s ArcGIS Online organization gives you access to resources that are not otherwise available to someone outside of an organization. 

Once you have gone through the UC San Diego SSO Login (dual authentication may be required) you should be redirected to the homepage of the UC San Diego ArcGIS Online Organization.

Note:  Just because you can sign on to ArcGIS Online, does not mean you are affiliated with the UC San Diego AGO. Public accounts exist, but these accounts do not have access to all the training resources, and additional apps (Community Analyst, Business Analyst, etc.). Check the URL and ensure that you are connected to the UC San Diego Org. If you don't see the following in the URL:, you are not signed into the UC San Diego Org.

SSO with ArcGIS now available at UCSD

​ArcGIS Online is an online, collaborative GIS that allows students, staff, faculty and other UC San Diego affiliates to use, create, publish, and share maps, scenes, apps, layers, analytics, and data using Esri's secure cloud.

Signing in with your UC San Diego Single Sign-On (SSO) credentials, you are automatically provisioned with the following:

You also have access to the following products:

  • Nearmap (2.8" high-resolution imagery for the entire U.S. dating back to 2014)

Reach out to ITS Software Licensing Support or GIS Librarian to get information or access to the following products

  • AppStudio Developer Edition
  • Streetmap Premium (Geocoding and networking)
  • ArcGIS Enterprise
  • Offline license for ArcGIS Pro

Option 1

Sign in with SSO and ArcGIS Organization URL: ucsdonline

  1. Go to
  2. Click “Sign In”
  3. Click “Your ArcGIS  Organization's URL"
  4. Add “UCSDonline” in the box as the ArcGIS organization’s URL
  5. Sign in with your AD credentials
  6. This creates an account inside the UCSD ArcGIS Online organization and automatically provisions you an ArcGIS Pro license.

Download ArcGIS software to your own machine

Option 2

Direct URL access

  1. Go to:  
  2. Click the blue box "UC San Diego"
  3. Sign in with your AD credentials
  4. This creates an account inside the UCSD ArcGIS Online organization and automatically provisions you an ArcGIS Pro license.

Download ArcGIS software to your own machine

UCSD Extension Logins

For UCSD Extension students with non-UCSD email accounts: Sign in with ArcGIS login

UCSD Extension students should use this option. 

  1. Go to: 
  2. Click Sign In
  3. Sign in with ArcGIS Login. This is an account created for you by an administrator. .
  4. When you sign in with the ArcGIS Login, you should not see a UCSD sign in page. 

Download ArcGIS software to your own machine