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25 Colleges That Offer Free Laptops or iPads for Online Students

11.Moravian College

Moravian College, located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is at the front lines of tech innovation and they want all of their undergraduate students to be too. In 2018 they were named an Apple Distinguished School as a result of their mission to make technology accessible to every student.

Each incoming freshman at Moravian is given both an iPad and a MacBook Pro directly after they submit their acceptance deposit to attend. This is not only to be used while they are a student at Moravian, but a beyond that as well.

Yes, the technology is theirs to keep for their future education or career endeavors. Their mission includes not seeing technology as a classroom distraction, but a complement to academic excellence. Moravian’s goal in offering such hardware to every student is to ensure the playing field is level and no learner has less opportunities as another because they don’t have the same resources.

12.Northwest Missouri State University

Northwest Missouri State University is located in Maryville, Missouri. They believe in making education as easy as possible to achieve by removing some of the barriers that get in the way for undergraduate students with less economic resources.

As part of this mission they give each undergraduate and graduate student free laptops to borrow for the time they are at Northwest. Undergrads must be enrolled in over 12 credit hours at a time to qualify and grad students 9 credit hours. In line with the idea of accessibility, their students are given the opportunity to rent primary textbooks to save money on costs as well.

The free laptops they receive are HP EliteBook 840 G1 Notebooks, also known as Ultrabooks. They are loaded with current software including the MS Office Suite. Northwest Missouri has an IT staff that is there to support students to service their free laptops and answer any questions that may arise related to the equipment.

13.Rochester College

Rochester College is located in Rochester Hills, Michigan. They are not only known for their beauty and lake views, but also their drive to provide undergraduate students and transfer students with an accessible education enhanced by technology.

They were one of the first to add tech inclusion to their teaching strategy. In 2008 they began offering each incoming freshman a free iPad or MacBook Pro. This practice of offering technology to incoming students is still part of the fabric of their school. Transfer students are also eligible to receive their free technology if they come in with a 29 credits or fewer.

Students who are dually enrolled, as part of their high school college program may also be eligible, depending on the amount of credits they come in with. Rochester College is invested in making sure each student has access to the most current technology as they embark on their academic careers.

14.Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota offers robust traditional programs at their Minneopolis-based campus, and they also have a variety of online and hybrid program offerings. In order to ensure undergraduate students have what they need to be successful in their tech-savvy coursework, they offer each student a free iPad with an intuitive interface.

Students will be trained on how to effectively use their iPad as a classroom resource at their new student orientation. Most of their academic requirements will be performed with the given iPad, however, they ask that students also have their own personal computer access for the purposes of writing papers and completing more lengthy assignments.

The iPad will be the window to academic success, as students will be able to use this mobile device to communicate with peers for group projects, read textbooks and share notes, post to discussions in a variety of formats (including podcasts), and much more.

15.Seton Hill University

Seton Hill University is located in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, but they believe that mobile learning is the path forward, and can happen anywhere. What this means is they prioritize programming that students can accomplish anytime and anyplace.

The way this plays out is that faculty members are given extensive training along with their own MackBook Air to integrate mobile learning into their curricula. Incoming freshmen also receive their very own MacBook Air. The MS in Physician, MS in Art Therapy, and the MS in Orthodontics programs are also giving students free MacBook Airs, as the technology is integrated into their coursework as well.

All of the equipment in the school’s laptop program can be serviced on campus while the student receives a loaner laptop in the meantime. Apple has recognized Seton Hill as a Distinguished School for five years in a row. In fact, they have created a mobile e-book called Mobile Learning @ the Hill, which shares insight on their mobile learning program and trajectory.

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