Every student at Norfolk State University will receive a 5G iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Apple Smart Keyboard Folio, and AirPods Pro as part of a new relationship with Apple. NSU, Virginia’s biggest HBCU, will also provide MacBook Pros and iMacs to a limited group of students and design laboratories.
Apple’s vice president of education and enterprise marketing, Susan Prescott, stated in a news statement that Norfolk State is taking a “bold step forward” by giving students equitable access to Apple products.
“At Apple, we believe that education is a powerful force for equity and opportunity, and that technology can empower all students to be creative and collaborative as they look ahead to their future careers. By providing every Spartan student and faculty equal access to our innovative products, Norfolk State is taking a bold step forward, and we can’t wait to see what the University community will accomplish.”
In addition to the iPad Pro and its peripherals being distributed to all students, NSU will also give MacBook Pro and iMac computers to students based on their majors, as well as design studios for studying coding and Swift app creation. This year, NSU plans to install approximately 6,000 Apple devices.
As part of the initiative, Norfolk State will utilize a full-time Apple Professional Learning Specialist, engineering services, and project management. The university will also provide MacBook Pro notebooks to students based on their majors or courses in addition to iMac desktop computers that will be in an innovation design lab for students to learn coding and app development using Apple’s curriculum and Swift, the powerful and intuitive open-source programming language