Allen University students will receive a MacBook Air with an Apple-designed M1 chip this spring as the Columbia school completes a transition to a fully functional Apple campus.
Faculty, staff and administrators began receiving iMacs or iPad Airs last summer. All students in good standing will receive a MacBook Air after spring registration, according to a news release from the school.
The initiative “is further evidence of Allen’s commitment to provide students with tools and experiences that facilitate achieving all that they can imagine whether to excel on career paths or pursue graduate studies,” Ernest McNealey, president of Allen University, said in the release. “Becoming an Apple campus was informed in part by the multi-sensory learning and capabilities Apple products provide, as well as the view that such a path creates possibilities not generally available across the breadth of a typical campus.”
Apple learning specialists will provide assistance in learning system hardware and software.
“At Apple, we believe that technology can enhance and extend teaching and learning, all while fostering creativity and collaboration skills,” said Susan Prescott, Apple's vice president of education and enterprise marketing. “By providing all students, faculty and administrators access to Apple products, Allen University is creating an environment that will enable students to achieve powerful new levels of innovation and community building.”