University of St. Thomas will provide laptops for all new freshmen

The University of St. Thomas will offer free laptop devices to its incoming freshman class. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)
The University of St. Thomas will offer free laptop devices to its incoming freshman class. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)

The University of St. Thomas will offer free laptop devices to its incoming freshman class. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)

The University of St. Thomas announced it will provide all incoming freshmen a laptop device to ensure they can access virtual learning opportunities this fall.

“As the University continues to respond to the challenges of the COVID pandemic, it has become clear that many students have found it challenging to work from home,” said James M. Monaghan, associate vice president of academic affairs, in a news release. “From our student surveys, a large percentage of students shared computers with multiple family members and some did not have access to a computer at all. Many have difficulty accessing the Internet."


Students will receive a Microsoft Surface Go2 device, which doubles as a laptop and e-reader tablet. It was selected by student focus groups, the university said.

The devices will come preloaded with Zoom videoconferencing, Microsoft Office and links to the university's learning management system.

The university typically has about 350 students in its freshman class each year, officials said.
By Matt Dulin
Matt joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2018 and is the City Editor for Houston's Inner Loop editions.


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