Dreamspark US with simplified Student Enrollment Verification

DreamSpark V2 for US has launched yesterday, June 15. It simplifies the enrollment verification system for higher-Ed students in US.

The existing verification methods continue to work -  a) Shibboleth-based verification by Universities (for Universities that are part of the InCommon federation)  and  b) Live@edu domain based verification (for Schools that use Live@edu).


Higher-Ed student enrollment Verification process for US DreamSpark™ v2?

  1. On https://www.dreamspark.com/ sign-into LiveID.
  2. Select product and Click on ‘Verify’.
  3. Select Continent, Country, State (and optionally the City)
  4. Select your School and hit Continue
    • We have over 5000 schools listed and the verification proceeds based on the school selected.
    • If a user cannot find their school (i.e. school is not listed), the  “Couldn’t get Verified” section has a  “Learn More” button that redirects them to a “Contact US” page where the user provides the name of the missing School so we can get it added to the list of 5000 schools.
  5. Submit Name, Date of Birth and school provided .edu email address (i.e. an email address that ends in  .edu).  (We use this information to verify student enrollment status with National Student Clearinghouse.)
  6. An activation email is sent to the .edu  email address provided with a 5x5 access code that when entered at https://www.dreamspark.com/Activate/ sets up 12 months of access to Dreamspark software downloads.

Support for Dreamspark can be reached at https://support.microsoft.com/contactus/emailcontact.aspx?scid=sw;en;1333&WS=DreamSparkCollege .


What is Microsoft DreamSpark™?

Microsoft DreamSpark ™ is a program that provides no-cost access to Microsoft designer and development tools and training for verified high school and university students around the world, to support and advance their learning and skills through technical design, technology, math, science and engineering activities. This program equips tomorrow’s developers with the professional tools to inspire and create today. https://www.dreamspark.com

Student feedback on Dreamspark has been enthusiastic –

It is by definition another word for ‘awesome’ ". - Shawn Rakowski

If you are a student, bring an umbrella, cause Microsoft software rains from the sky!  In my opinion, there is no better time to be a student then now.” - Michael Jacobsen

I am on dream spark and this is a great idea….” - Joe Bateman Jr

DreamSpark = amazing” - Alex Hagerman

The products that are included in Dreamspark program include:

  1. Visual Studio 2008 Professional
  2. Visual Studio 2005 Professional
  3. Expression Studio 2.0
  4. SQL Server 2008 Developer
  5. Windows Server 2008 Standard
  6. Windows Server 2008 Standard
  7. Windows Server 2003 Standard
  8. XNA Game Studio 3.0
  9. XNA Creator’s Club Online Academic Subscription
  10. Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008
  11. Microsoft CCR and DSS Toolkit 2008
  12. IT Academy Student Pass – Online Trainings
  13. MCTS Exam Certification Vouchers

Additionally, the following Free products are also included:

14. Visual C# 2008 Express Edition

15. Visual C++ Express Edition

16. Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition

17. Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition

18. SQL Server 2008 Express Edition

19. Visual Studio 2005 Express Edition

20. Virtual PC 2007


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Comments (4)
  1. My college is on the microsoft dreamspark list but the school does not provide email access to students. Therefore I cannot join dreamspark. So why have my college on the list – unless it is for the older administrators and faculty and not the poor students – seems to me to be very counter productive as it leaves a bad taste about microsoft

  2. gautam says:

    You bring up an intersting scenario. there are 2 possible resolutions here

    1) there is a student verification process called Shiboleth that does NOT require .edu email id. Dreamspark uses this for colleges/Universites – although college/University has to implement this to be able to verify Student Identity [ without revealing any other student info]. (see details at https://www.dreamspark.com/FAQ/UniversityAdministratorFaq.aspx)

    2)We can remove the college/University from the list [until they implement Shiboleth]. we certainly do not want to mislead. When building the College list we included all colleges in the US [at least that’s what we tried to]. there is no good way to know which colleges provide .edu email and which one do not [at least i do not know of such a listing].

    Let us know whihc college you want removed using the Dreamspark support link https://support.microsoft.com/contactus/emailcontact.aspx?scid=sw;en;1333&WS=DreamSparkCollege

  3. adallen says:

    I have tried get verifed several times this week and I get to the point where it say they are sending the email with authorization but it never comes. I did provide my .edu emai. My first assignment is due on tues and no school on monday…looks like i will try the Visual Studio Express. Any help would be great…thanks

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