iPads for Students

  • KCU recognizes that, in order for our students to be successful now and in the future, access to academic resources are critical, especially in regard to technology. Therefore, KCU is moving to a tablet-based curriculum to both increase sustainability efforts, as well as to give our students a technological edge. | See iPad Resources for Students (login)

    KCU provides tablet technology to all of our students. Incoming students receive the newest model of iPad available as of March the year they matriculate. The iPad offers 64 GB of storage and is WiFi only (no direct cellular capability). Student iPads are distributed during orientation week. By providing students with tools and resources to help them achieve their goals, our University hopes to help students succeed at every level of their career.

    *Specifications are subject to change with product upgrades.

  • Frequently Asked Questions 

    Q. Do students get to choose between an iPad and an iPad mini?
    A. No, incoming students will receive an iPad during orientation, which will be used throughout their academic term at KCU.   

    Q. I received an iPad as part of the COB program. Do I get another iPad when I enter the COM program?
    A. No, KCU students will receive one iPad throughout their academic term at KCU even if they graduated from the COB program.    

    Q. Can students keep their iPads after graduation?
    A. Yes, upon graduation, students may keep their iPads. If a student withdraws or is dismissed for any reason, the iPad must be returned to the University.

    Q. Will the iPads come with cases and keyboards?
    No, students may purchase cases and keyboards that meet their personal needs. However, the iPads do include power adaptors and cables.

    Q. Can students customize (choose the color) of the iPads?
    A. No, all iPads provided by KCU will be Space Gray.

    Q. What, if anything, will be installed on the tablets?
    A. Every iPad includes the standard built-in apps provided by Apple. KCU does not install any additional apps automatically. Additional apps must be purchased and/or downloaded by the student.

    Q. Will students receive upgraded iPads as technology progresses?
    A. No. Incoming students will receive current technology intended to last them for the duration of their KCU education. Student iPads will not be upgraded or replaced by the University as new models become available.

    Q. What happens if an iPad breaks or is lost? Does KCU replace/fix them?
    A. Students are responsible for the maintenance of their iPads and should contact Apple Support or a local Apple Store if a unit breaks rather than contacting the IT Helpdesk for assistance. All iPads are also covered by AppleCare+ for two years from the date of purchase, which covers accidental damage. KCU will not generate an AppleCare claim for a student iPad. Replacing a lost iPad will be the responsibility of the student, and loaner units are not available. All students are encouraged to immediately record their iPad serial number in a safe place, as KCU will not be able to provide this to students for a police report or any other reason.

    Q. What if a student doesn’t want an iPad? Can he/she refuse it? Sell it?
    A. Students may neither sell nor refuse iPads. There is an expectation that students will be using the iPads as part of the curriculum, including taking tests, in order to reduce paper waste on campus. It is important to remember that the iPad does not become the students’ property until they graduate. KCU graduates may keep their iPads or sell them according to desired.

    Q. Will all tests be taken on the iPad?
    The majority of exams will be taken using the iPad.

    Q. Will there still be financial aid adjustment for computers?
    A. Yes, there is a financial aid adjustment that can be used to purchase a computer. All students are still required to own a laptop for KCU purposes, as some tests cannot yet be taken using an iPad.

    Q. Can the IT Helpdesk answer questions for me about my iPad?
    The IT Helpdesk staff members are highly educated about using iPads and can assist students with accessing KCU technology and resources. Students who have questions about using the iPad for non-academic needs are encouraged to visit the local Apple Stores for assistance.


    Technical Specifications

    View current specifications*.

    Also includes
    Lightning to USB Cable
    USB Power Adapter

    Limited warranty
    iPads are covered under the Apple Care Protection Plan for up to two years.

    Product support
    Students should contact Apple support with questions and troubleshooting. Or visit the intranet for information about educational apps for iPad, workshops, user guides and more.

    *Specifications are subject to change with product upgrades.

    Incoming students: Before the first day of class, make sure to set up your iPad using the guide below. If you have any questions, please contact the KCU IT Helpdesk at 816-654-7700 or helpdesk@kcumb.edu.