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Cal Poly Pomona will provide all incoming Spring 2022 first-time students the opportunity to borrow an iPad technology bundle or a laptop computer. A Wi-Fi hotspot will be included if needed.

The initiative is part of the California State University Connectivity Contributing to Equity and Success (CSUCCESS) program designed to enhance student achievement and create more equitable opportunities by ensuring that new CSU students have access to industry-leading technology.

Students will be able to use the devices, for free, through completion of their degree at the university. The program has no income-based eligibility requirements. Because the equipment is provided as a loan, there is no adverse impact on financial aid awards.

Cal Poly Pomona also offers students a cost-effective way to purchase laptops to support their academic success wherever possible as part of the CSUCCESS initiative.  Laptops that are owned by the students provide the greatest flexibility to install software desired by students and The Bronco Bookstore offers Dell and Mac Laptop options that can be purchased or leased over time and include a 4-year warranty.  This program allows students to spread the payments for the devices over two or four years depending upon the student’s preference. For more information, visit the Student Laptop Program.

If you are a current student and need access to technology, several options are available to support your needs. Visit Student Technology Resources for more information.

If you have any questions please contact the IT Service Desk.

Frequently Asked Questions

Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, students indicated a lack of access to a computer or mobile device as an obstacle in the way of their achievement. CSUCCESS represents the CSU’s commitment to closing equity gaps and providing high-quality and reliable personal computing devices to support academic achievement.

During the pandemic, the CSU worked to address part of this challenge by investing more than $18 million to purchase more than 21,000 laptops and tablets and 10,000 mobile Wi-Fi hotspots for students, in addition to loaning out several millions of dollars' worth of existing equipment.

Ongoing challenges of the pandemic require campuses to continue to deliver some courses virtually, posing persistent barriers to student success. These tools will help eliminate barriers and improve student success and equitable graduation outcomes, which are among the CSU’s, and CPP's, highest priorities.

All new Spring 2022 first-year and transfer students are eligible and will receive communications from Orientation prior to the start of the Spring 2022 semester to determine if they need assistance acquiring technology to support their academic success.  If so, students will be provided with instructions on how to select the required technology and the logistics of picking up the equipment from the University Library.  There are no income-based eligibility requirements for this program.

Students that need technology may receive:

  • A Dell laptop (model information will be provided prior to the start of Spring semester); or
  • 64 GB iPad Air, Apple Smart Keyboard Folio, Apple Pencil 2nd Generation; and/or
  • Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot if the student does not have access to reliable internet

Cal Poly Pomona owns the devices and loans the device to students for the duration of their undergraduate education at CPP. Upon graduation or withdrawal from the university, students will be required to return their device. Devices are loaned to students and do not impact the students’ financial aid.

Can I install the software I want on a laptop if I receive one?

Since Cal Poly Pomona owns the laptops that are available for lending, students cannot install additional software on the laptops.  The laptops are comparable to computers that students can access in a lab that are pre-configured with university owned software.  Students can access additional software that is available through the Virtual Software Lab.

The program is focused on new students, who need more support as they begin their college careers, particularly in light of the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Future phases of CSUCCESS could include returning students.

Cal Poly Pomona (CPP) is committed to providing students access to the technology needed to support student success.  CPP encourages all students to obtain a laptop computer to support their academic progress and several options are available for our students to purchase, borrow, or access technology