Students who enter Moravian College next school year will be the first class to help the school become an all-MacBook campus.
School officials said starting in the fall of 2014, all undergraduate students will be issued their own MacBook Pro laptop and an iPad.
According to school officials, the program is designed to enable students to gain the experience they need using the software that is most current in their chosen fields.
“Our goal is to provide students with the best in technology and collaborative learning tools to prepare them for their futures,” said Bryon L. Grigsby, president of Moravian College. "We are developing an integrated mobile learning program that will transform the way students learn and professors teach."
Faculty members, who will have the same computers as students, will explore ways to make the best use of the technology in teaching both in and out of the classroom.
“iPads enable faculty to develop their own courseware, eBooks, and apps for pedagogical use, significantly lowering the cost of books for students and increasing student engagement through interactive materials,” Grigsby added.
School officials said Apple products were chosen for their format versatility, hardware reliability and software creativity.
The cost of the new devices will be covered by the student's tuition.