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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 degree-seeking, first-time students with an iPad Air, Keyboard, and Apple Pencil. 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.

UK Launching 'Smart Campus' Strategy

The University of Kentucky is launching a nationally recognized Smart Campus digital strategy over the next three years that focuses on the institution’s goals of increasing persistence and graduation rates, while preparing students for lives of meaning and purpose.

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What Does Each Student Get?

 iPad Air

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


Use to type on your iPad Air just like a laptop. Acts as 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, degree-seeking first-time and transfer student starting in spring 2021 will have the option to receive a new iPad Air and accessories. Confirmed students who complete their orientation modules will receive an email to their UK email address around the first week of classes in the spring. That email will allow them to request their iPad and arrange on-campus pick-up or mailing options. If you have any questions, email

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 and the students' account charged. We do recommend students utilize their own Apple IDs and cloud services for the iPads.

iPad with University of Kentucky logo displayed on screen.