Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Seton Hill students to receive iPads in the fall

As part of the Griffin Technology Advantage Program, Seton Hill University, a small Catholic university in Greensburg, Penn., (no, not Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J.) plans to distribute new iPads to all 2,100 full-time students in the fall.

In addition, all incoming freshmen will receive MacBooks, as well.

Seton Hill administrators believe that the iPad will “lighten the backpacks of Seton Hill University students” and will be widely used by all for its “mobility and the ease with which faculty and students … will have immediate access to e-textbooks,” Seton Hill administrators told The Chronicle.

The iPad costs $499 at its lowest retail price, which means that Seton Hill University plans to invest roughly $1 million in this iPad initiative.

Sound too good to be true?

Students will have to pay $500 per semester for fees for the new technology program, a portion of which will go into the cost of the iPads. In any case, students will essentially be charged an additional $1,000 annually for these new technologies.

By Wonpyo Yun, staff writer for News


Dennis G. Jerz said...

I'm a Seton Hill faculty member.

Incoming freshmen who pay $500/term will also get a MacBook (with lots of software, tech support, training, and over 200 WiFi spots on campus) to rent for two years, after which they will turn it in and get a newer laptop that they can take with them when they graduate.

Returning students who don't opt into the laptop program will pay $300/term (and will still get the iPad).

Anonymous said...

If that means they will spend substantially less on text books, then they should be ahead of the game, financially

Anonymous said...

Books aren't really that much if you buy them used. I managed to get all of my books for 5 classes for just about $100.