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This guide contains written and illustrated tutorials for the statistical software SAS.

SAS Tutorials

Our written step-by-step tutorials are organized into sections. Users can work through the tutorials in order or skip through to topics of interest.

Section 1: Intro to the SAS Environment is intended for individuals who have never used SAS before. Learn the basics of writing a SAS program, importing data into SAS, and defining variables in a dataset.

Section 2: Working with Data covers how to work with variables and how to perform data management tasks like merging, aggregating, and transposing.

Section 3: Exploring Data is intended for new users of SAS who are beginning to explore their data using descriptive statistics. Learn how to examine the contents of a dataset using PROC CONTENTS and PROC PRINT, and how to produce descriptive statistics using PROC MEANS, PROC UNIVARIATE, and PROC FREQ.

All tutorials in this guide were created using SAS 9.3.

Sample Data Files

Our tutorials reference a dataset called "sample" in many examples. If you'd like to download the sample dataset to work through the examples, choose one of the files below:

Accessing SAS

Kent State University maintains a university-wide, limited seat license for SAS. All currently-employed faculty and staff, as well as currently-enrolled students are eligible to request a copy of SAS at no charge. The Division of Information Technology currently distributes SAS 9.4 software and licenses. SAS licenses must be renewed yearly. Note that SAS is only available for Windows operating systems.

University-Owned Computers

Please contact your local support person to receive a copy of the software or to renew your existing license.

Personally-Owned Computers

Faculty/Staff/Currently enrolled students

Visit software.kent.edu to download a copy of the software or renew your license.

If you encounter problems while installing SAS, you may bring your computer to the Tri-Towers Tech Help desk. Please note that because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Tech Help Desk may require an appointment. Please see the Tech Help Desk Services and Hours before visiting.

For Mac Users

Mac users who do not wish to use virtualization software to run the Windows operating system on their Macs may be interested in SAS University Edition or SAS OnDemand for Academics. Both options are free, but they are not distributed by the university. Individuals wanting to use either of these softwares should follow the instructions at the respective site to install and/or register to use them. (Please note that SAS University Edition will be discontinued in July 2021, so SAS OnDemand for Academics is the preferred choice for new users.)

For More Information

These tutorials were created by Statistical Consulting at Kent State University Libraries.


Current authors

  • Kristin Yeager
  • Preya Bhattacharya
  • Victoria Reynolds

Past authors

  • Elsa Barletta
  • Ryan Burke
  • Edward Chiyaka
  • Subir Goyal
  • Meghan Novisky
  • Sarah Samblanet