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Norfolk State University to give all students iPad Pro, AirPods Pro, more

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What you need to know

  • Norfolk State University has a real treat in store for its students.
  • They're all getting an iPad Pro with accessories, and AirPods Pro.
  • Staff and faculty are also getting devices, and students can choose to buy their devices to keep at graduation for just $1.

Norfolk State University has today announced it's giving all of its students a brand new M1 iPad Pro (2021), AirPods Pro, and accessories as part of its Spartan Innovation Academy.

The institute announced Thursday:

Norfolk State University (NSU) will launch the Spartan Innovation Academy program this fall, a new initiative that will provide students, faculty, and staff with access to industry-leading technology and specialized training for app development. NSU will be the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to facilitate a campus-wide deployment of these Apple products to all students and faculty in a first-year program such as this one.

All students will be gifted an iPad Pro, AirPods Pro, an Apple Pencil, and Smart Keyboard. The offer is also being extended to faculty and select staff members, with a total of 6,000 products to be distributed during the fall semester. Not just for study, students will also have the opportunity to buy their devices to keep at graduation for just $1, and are being provided at no extra cost. NSU's new Spartan Innovation Academy builds on the work of Apple's HBCU C2 initiative. The school's president stated:

"The Spartan Innovation Academy program is all about giving students the tools they need to be successful in and outside of the classroom. The University is committed to access and affordability for all students. We know that providing access to powerful tools for learning will help ensure that our students will have a successful academic career while reducing the cost of obtaining a degree.

Stephen Warwick
Stephen Warwick

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.

2 Comments
  • Take a look at their tuition and fees, https://www.nsu.edu/tuitionandfees.aspx. $4,811 per semester. If it's two semesters per year, after 4 years, $38,488, and you can buy that 4 year old iPad for $1. That's in state BTW, and not actually all that bad, but you're paying for that iPAD, over time ;)
  • Meanwhile, studying in Europe is (almost) free. But you need to bring your own pen and paper.