Online Colleges and Free Laptops – Ultimate Student Guide 2020

By | June 1, 2016

Online Colleges That Offer Free Laptops

There are many colleges and universities available with online program that provide laptops to their students. Some of them have a return policy of returning back laptop after completion of graduation or course while others don’t.

Please find the list below for online universities and online colleges that provide free laptop to their students.

  1. Bethel University (Google Chromebook)
  2. CollegeAmerica
  3. Seton Hill University
  4. St. John’s University (choice of 3 laptops)
  5. Stevens-Henager College
  6. Centenary College
  7. ICDC College
  8. Rochester College
  9. Widener University (Engineering Students)
  10. Southern Nazarene University
  11. Chatham University
  12. Northwest Missouri State University (With Return Policy)
  13. Wake Forest University (with Return Policy)

Online Colleges That Offer Free Tablets

It is also came to our knowledge that with emerging trend in technology, Some institutes provide tablets (mostly iPad) to their students.

Following are the universities and colleges that provide free tablets

  1. Illinois Institute of Technology
  2. Long Island University (iPad Mini)
  3. Seton Hill University
  4. Regis College
  5. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Online Colleges That Offer Aid in Buying Laptop

There are also some educational institutes that provide laptops at discounted rates to their students.

Following are the colleges and universities provide discounts on laptops

  1. Azusa Pacific
  2. Drexel University
  3. Full Sail University
  4. Liberty University Online
  5. Purdue University
  6. Southern New Hampshire University
  7. Villanova University
  8. West Liberty University

Best Laptop For College Students 2019

According to LaptopMag Following are the best laptop for college students according to their majors or subjects with starting prices

  • For all subjects and majors – Lenovo ThinkPad 13 starting from $509.25
  • For Science students – Dell XPS 13 starting from $799
  • For Computer Science Student – Lenovo ThinkPad T460 Starting from $809.10
  • For Business Students – Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Starting from $1142.10
  • For Film and Animation Students – Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina Display starting from $1999
  • For Medical Students – Microsoft SurfaceBook Starting from 1289
  • For Engineering and Architect Students -  Dell Precision 5510 Workstation Starting from $1399
  • For Art and Design Students – Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina Display (2015) Starting from $1399
  • For Law Students – Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Starting from $878
  • For Gaming Students – Alienware 13 with OLED Display Starting from $899.99

Best Laptop For Online College Student

By far best laptop for online college student is Toshiba Chromebook 2 which is affordable enough by just starting price of $269. The best quality of this laptop beside price is long battery time of 8hrs and crisp audio quality which help make listening to lectures more pleasurable experience for online college student.

Things to Consider Before Buying or Applying for New Laptop

Students must consider following 10 things before applying or buying a new laptop

  • Size – Do consider screen size larger than 11 inch or else choose a tablet instead.
  • Weight – Make sure it is maximum 1.5 kg otherwise carrying will be difficult.
  • Screen Quality – Do not go fol too glossy screen other wise it will start hurting your eyes after sometime and make sure resolution match the HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) otherwise you will not be able to run HD videos.
  • Keyboard – Make sure numeric keypad is involved otherwise it will become nightmare for accounting or finance student.
  • CPU – Go for minimum core i3
  • RAM – At least 4GB for speedy operations.
  • Storage – No less than 500GB
  • Battery Life – Should be long enough to satisfy your need.
  • USB 3.0
  • Quality – Do not compromise quality over price otherwise it will effect your move ability due to fear of breaking laptop.

Top Laptop Buying Mistakes

Students should avoid these mistakes when applying or buying new laptop.

  • Buying the cheapest available model
  • Paying too much
  • Forgetting the purpose of laptop
  • Ignoring ports and compatibility
  • Becoming obsessed with one specification
  • Not trying before buying

Bottom Line

If you have not find your college or university in the above mentioned lists, you can contact your college help desk and find out if there is any laptop or technology support program available or not. If you have information about other institute that provide free laptop to their students, feel free to post it in comment below.


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