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Esri ArcGIS Online Organization

The Geography Department is the administrator for the SDSU ArcGIS Online (AGOL) Organization. ArcGIS Online is a cloud Geographic Information System/Cartography solution.

With an ArcGIS Online organizational account:

  • Members gain access to cloud-based spatial analysis and mapping software
  • Members are able to upload their own data including spatial datasets and spreadsheets, and use additional online data in their analysis
  • Members are able to share their analysis results, maps, and presentations with their colleagues, organization, or the general public
  • Members have access to free on-line training materials to learn and expand their skills in spatial analysis and map-making
  • Members have access to their account for as long as they are associated with the university, and can transfer their content to a personal account when they leave

How to Obtain an Account and Log into ArcGIS Online

All current faculty, staff, and students are eligible for an account. Logging into the Organization for the first time using SDSU ID will create an account.

NOTICE: Duo Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) will be required when logging into the SDSU ArcGIS Online Organization. If you are already logged into another system (Gmail, Google Calendar, etc.) with your SDSUid, then Duo should not be necessary as you have already authenticated. More information regarding Duo MFA.

  1. Go to
  2. Click the “Sign In” dropdown in the upper right
  3. Select the blue “San Diego State University” button - this takes you to the SDSU ID login window
  4. Sign in using your SDSU ID username and password
  5. Authenticate with Duo, if necessary
  6. You’ll be returned to the SDSU AGOL Organization and your account will be active


  1. Go to
  2. Click the “Sign In” button
  3. Click the “Your ArcGIS organization’s URL” dropdown
  4. Enter “sdsugeo” in the space provided and click continue
  5. Continue from #3 above

Accessing Training

The SDSU ArcGIS Online Organization account allows users to access ESRI Training for various software stacks, spatial concepts, and presentational material.

All members are able to browse the training catalog and sign up for any FREE training they wish, including web courses, seminars, MOOCs, Learning Plans, etc. Instructor-led training is not included unless the user wishes to pay the cost themselves. Web courses provide a completion certificate upon completion.

Access training by going to, or by logging into the organization and from the top right dropdown, select Training.

Recommended Training for ArcGIS Online:

Nearmap Imagery

San Diego State University is a member of a county-wide consortium that has licensed NearMap high resolution imagery for use in GIS projects. This imagery can be used in ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Pro. The imagery extent is the entire United States, however, not all areas have been collected at high resolution. Therefore, there are areas with no data. All major urban areas and other areas of interest are included in the image collection. Historical imagery is also included in our license.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, however, the university technically owns all the content produced and stored in the organization. As such, members are bound by the SDSU Security Policies, Standards, and Procedures. For information on transferring content, please see University Graduation/Separation.
You will lose access to ArcGIS when your SDSUid is deactivated. Please see University Graduation/Separation.

SDSU ServiceNow: Geography Faculty, Staff, and Students
SDSU ServiceNow: General Campus Users

Requests default to ArcGIS Online. For support regarding ArcGIS Desktop, Pro, or other GIS software, change the Category to “Software” and the Subcategory to “GIS Support.”