Over the next few years, the University of Kentucky’s goal is to become one of the country’s most innovative campuses when it comes to the use of technology. As a part of this wider smart campus strategy, the university is providing all incoming, first-year students with an iPad Air, Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil, starting Fall 2019. We’re not interested in technology as a bragging point. We’re interested in technology to help students learn and compete in the workforce for which we are preparing them. We want to give our faculty the kinds of tools that match their expertise as teachers. We want to integrate the use of technology across campus in a strategic and coordinated way. It’s an initiative aimed at improving learning, graduation rates and leveling the technological playing field for students.


What Does Each Student Get?

iPad Air for UK Freshmen

 iPad Air

10.5-inch, Wi-Fi, 64GB, Space Gray

 Smart Keyboard

Use to type on your iPad Air just like a laptop. Acts like a cover and it's easy to attach.

 Apple Pencil

For making selections on your iPad Air, creating hand-written notes, drawing and more.


All devices come with a one-year manufacturer warranty. Your iPad Air will additionally come with AppleCare+ which provides access to 24/7 technical support, hardware coverage and software support for 3 years.

How do I get my iPad Air?

Each incoming, first-year student will receive their iPad Air and accessories at their respective "see blue." U Orientation. Opportunities for students who have already attended an orientation to pick up their devices and accessories will be available over the summer and during the first few weeks of the fall semester. For more information, visit our Technology Distribution page.

Who owns this technology?

Distributed iPads are the property of the University of Kentucky until the student graduates. The device is being managed by UK, and jailbreaking or selling the device will result in the device being locked.