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Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 04/18/2010

GWU, Princeton among colleges rejecting iPad

By Valerie Strauss

Princeton University and George Washington University have rejected--at least temporarily--the new iPad for security reasons and at least one other school, Cornell University, is concerned about connectivity problems.

Dow Jones is reporting that the iPad is not as welcome on some college campuses as its maker, Apple, might have thought.

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Apple had touted it as the perfect tool for college students because it is portable and can handle e-books, and some school networks are having no problem with the iPad.

Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania, promised free iPads and MacBooks to all incoming freshmen this fall. All of the school’s students, though, will have to pay up to $800 a year in new fees so the school can expand its wireless network.

But, according to Dow Jones, GWU said that the security features on its wireless network won’t allow the IPad, or its cousins, the IPhone or iPod Touch, to connect. And Princeton said it had blocked about 20 percent of the devices after seeing malfunctions.

Cornell University told Dow Jones the school is concerned about networking and connectivity issues, and fears “devastating consequences to our network.”

There are also some concerns at schools that students with iPads will still need to buy textbooks because there are not enough electronic texts available.

The schools are working to fix the problems, but students may want to check how well their college or university can handle the iPad before buying it.

Meanwhile, the Israeli newspaper Haaraetz reported that Israel is confiscating iPads at customs because a government ministry said it is not compatible with the country’s wireless networks.

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By Valerie Strauss  | April 18, 2010; 11:01 AM ET
Categories:  Higher Education, Technology  | Tags:  Cornell and iPad, GWU and iPad, IPad, Princeton and iPad, colleges reject iPad, iPads  
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Can't speak for other schools, but the article (and your blog reposting) are wrong. A consequence of reposting news from other sources without primary research.

Does GW reject iPads? The answer is simply no. There's no rejection. To connect to GW's wireless network, you have to run specific software, called VPN, on your computer. iPads, iPhones, any non-PC, even PCs that dont run Windows or MacOS (linux isnt officially supported) can't get onto the wireless network. It's not that they're being actively rejected. It's because their systems cant run the required VPN software.

There you go. No need to call up GW now!

Posted by: thewrittenword | April 18, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I don't see what the issue is. Probably go to the Cisco site and download and load the required software...

...oh... wait. Apple doesn't want you to do that. You'll have to wait until Apple says it's okay to load that software.

No need to call up GW now! Call Apple and ask when you'll be allowed to load the software onto the iPad Apple lets you use.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | April 18, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Tech is a nuisance and a distraction. Students need to read, think, and write. The Socratic method.

The book is a wonderful multimedia device. Non-volatile memory. Random access. Unlimited bookmarking. Indexing feature. Forward or backward page turning. Can accommodate black and white or color photos. Ruggedized.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | April 18, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

want all the sports? all the news? all the portals and all the shopping, in one clean comfotable web page?
this is it...
it works in all browsers: explorer, firefox, safari and even opera.
its great for the new iPad and for the iPhone.
your just a click away from any website you want.
try it...

Posted by: aragoran | April 18, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Why not only allow secure (https/ssl) connections with iPads & other such devices that can't run the VPN software?

Posted by: isaac105 | April 18, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

When did Seton Hall move to Pennsylvania?

Posted by: Cossackathon | April 18, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

That's Seton HILL, Cossackathon...outside of Pittsburgh.

Posted by: TSS-DC | April 18, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse


Is there a particular VPN software client that GW uses? VPN's have a myrid of configurations -most devices (Palm, Iphone) have VPN solutions, both hard and soft. I assume that there is a standard configuration that your college supports and its limited to specific hardware and software, am I correct?

If this iPad going to the moneymaker it seems to be, there will be plenty of solutions developed third party.

What's written now about the iPad was written about the iPhone and everyone said that Blackberry was the only true secure VPN solution for smartphones. But that dynamic has changed now hasn't it?

Posted by: andio76 | April 18, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

"Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania, promised free iPads and MacBooks to all incoming freshmen this fall. All of the school’s students, though, will have to pay up to $800 a year in new fees so the school can expand its wireless network." In other words, they need to pay $800 for an iPad or a MacBook. Their first college assignment should be to look up the definition of "free" in a dictionary (preferably the printed copy they can use for free in any public library).

Posted by: sideswiththekids | April 19, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Since the iPad was released about two weeks ago, more than 68 iPads have registered on the Cornell University wireless network. There are no known problems using an iPad on campus, and configuration to use the university's secure wireless network is easy. Cornell University has a long history of being at the forefront of new technology. After all the man for whom the university is named, Ezra Cornell, helped pioneer the use of the telegraph in the 1840's. I'm certain he would have enjoyed using an iPad, as can many Cornell University students today.

Posted by: macbutton | April 19, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

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