Frequently Asked Questions
Who is required to have an iPad for Fall 2014?
Any student enrolled in a tablet-designated (T) course -- including all incoming freshman students in fall 2014 -- are required to have either an iPad mini, iPad2 or newer device. Sophomores, juniors and seniors may also take one or more of the tablet-designated courses.
Why am I required to purchase an iPad?
This important next step in ACU’s Mobile Learning Initiative will allow teachers and students to collaborate more easily in and out of the classroom, interact with updated texts and apps to enhance learning, create new media, and use the infrastructure already available on campus to share findings and creations.
Do I have to purchase an iPad or will any tablet do?
ACU strongly recommends the iPad for two reasons. First, professors may choose to use iPad-specific applications that are not available with other tablets. They also may share documents or ask you to collaborate with classmates using your device. Some information and tools do not share across platforms, which could prohibit your participation. Second, ACU offers support for the iPad. If you have technical difficulties, you can receive support by visiting our Team55 desk or calling the Team55 helpline.
Which version of the iPad do I need?
ACU will ensure that all applications and content used in your tablet courses are compatible with all versions of the iPad 2 and iPad mini. We recommend students purchase the iPad mini. It will meet all of your coursework needs and has a lower price point.
Can I purchase my iPad from ACU?
Yes. You have a couple of options when buying your new iPad – First, if you want to go ahead and purchase it now and have us ship it to you then click here:
Send me my iPad now
Second, if you would like to pick it up from the Campus Store when you arrive and pay for it in person then click here – you would use this option if you wish to charge your iPad to your student account.
Reserve my iPad
Is there a discount on the iPad for education purposes?
The ACU Campus Store is an Apple Authorized Campus Store; the only one in Abilene. Apple education pricing is a great way for college students, faculty and staff to purchase Mac computers and select accessories at special prices. Newly accepted students are also eligible, as are parents purchasing on behalf of their student. Apple does not offer any discounts on iPads - they do, however, occasionally offer promotional incentives if you buy your iPad from The Campus Store. Check back on The Campus Store website often to see if Apple is currently offering any incentives or specials.
The ACU Campus Store is proud to offer free, customizable, in-store laser engraving on the back of any iPad that is purchased through The Campus Store. Here is how the program works: after you purchase your new iPad at the register you will receive a coupon for a free personalized laser engraving along with a template for you to fill out. Use the space provided in the template to have your name, a favorite quote or scripture, or even your favorite ACU Wildcat logo laser engraved into the back of your new iPad. The process takes only a matter of minutes and is completed in store. This service is free for any iPad purchased from the ACU Campus Store - a $50.00 value.
See an example of a custom engraved iPad
Will I have to buy a new iPad every year?
No. ACU will ensure all classroom utilization will be compatible on currently offered iPads for a minimum of four long semesters (two years).
Can I purchase an iPad on my student account?
Yes. ACU will allow students to purchase an iPad on your student account as long as you are enrolled in tablet-designated course. You are only allowed to charge one iPad to your account, and it must be purchased between August 11 and September 3, 2014. If you would like to reserve your iPad for pick up and to charge it to your student account click here:
Reserve my iPad
Will financial aid cover the cost of my iPad?
Because a tablet device is required, the United States Department of Education will allow federal financial aid to cover the cost. If you have financial aid available to cover books and supplies, then it will be applied once you have purchased the device from the Campus Store with your student account.
How do I know which courses require an iPad?
The ACU course catalog identifies tablet-designated courses with a “T” in the course numbering system (e.g., PEAC100.01T).