It’s good to be a UK student.
Before incoming freshmen move into their spacious new dorms in the fall of 2019 to sleep on their Tempur-Pedic beds, they’ll receive a brand new iPad Air, Apple Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil. Who needs to buy a new laptop when you can just get a free $500 iPad?
The new iPads are a part of UK’s new “Smart Campus” initiative. Costing $1.5 million, the goal is to ease a student’s transition into college and keep them there until they graduate. Eli Capilouto said in a statement:
“Placing student success at the center of all that we do guides our work. We know students’ persistence is impacted by health and wellness, financial stability, academic preparation and belonging. Through leveraging the power of technology, we can address these obstacles across multiple platforms with a cutting-edge digital suite of tools — beginning with providing iPad to incoming students.”
Every person who lived in the Kirwin-Blanding responded, “Are you kidding me?”