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Technology Resources

OHIO Get Connected Grant for Freshmen

Ohio University has announced the new OHIO Get Connected Grant, a one-time, $750 award to help meet technology needs for all full-time, first-year, degree-seeking undergraduate students at our Athens and regional campuses.

Students will not be required to submit an application to receive funds. The $750 will be automatically applied to students’ accounts at the start of fall semester.


Student Laptop Program

The Office of Information Technology offers a laptop loan program designed to help continuing students who do not otherwise have access to technology. The program provides a Windows laptop at no cost – suitable for video conferencing, web browsing, and document creation, and editing.

Laptop Specifications:

  • Windows 10 OS
  • 500 GB Hard Drive
  • Webcam
  • AMD 2.3GHz Processor
  • AMD Radeon R3 Graphics
  • Wireless Enabled 
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 14” Screen
  • Ethernet

To request a laptop, fill out the Request Form. Once submitted, the Associate Dean from your College will review you request to determine if a loaner laptop is an appropriate solution for your needs. If your college of enrollment approves your request, OIT will ship/provide for pickup a laptop for you to use. 

Loaner laptops should be returned to this location:
Ohio University
Attn: Jeremy Grahame
160 W. Union Street
Suite 179E
Athens, Ohio 45701

Internet Connectivity

Students who need to connect to the internet and do not have reliable internet at home have many options.

Are you a full time first year student? You should have recently received the “Get Connected” grant. Please use this to help cover the cost of internet access via subscription or hotspot.

Do you live within driving distance of any Ohio University campus? You are welcome to use the library at that campus for internet connectivity. Check hours for Alden Library or a regional campus library. Alden Library is swipe access only, so bring your valid OHIO student ID.

Are you a graduate assistant who needs reliable internet to teach? Please consult with your department. There should be office space that you can use for this purpose.

Are you near a public library? Many public libraries are now open and have internet access.

Are you far away from all of our campuses and have no open public library within a 20 minute drive? Please call the Allen Student Advising Center at 740.566.8888 and ask to speak with Jenny Klein. We will help you work through your connection concerns so you can complete your coursework.


Bobcat Depot

Bobcat Depot is the one stop shop for all technology needs — whether you're on campus or completing courses virtually. Available services include computer sales (including a laptop loaner program if your computer is in for repair), education discounts on all computers and special Apple promotions, computer warranties, new computer set up, and more. Visit the Bobcat Depot website for additional details.

Tech Guide by Major – For Academic Year 2020-2021

Tech Ready

The Office of Information Technology's Tech Ready website puts everything students, instructors, staff, and families need to know about OHIO technology all in one place. We answer questions like: 

  • What specifications does OIT recommend for a laptop or tablet? 
  • Which tech tools will I need to be successful with my OHIO courses? 
  • What software downloads are available for me? 
  • Where can I pick up a wi-fi signal outside? 
  • How do I access my office phone from home? 

As always, if you have questions about technology at OHIO, please contact the IT Service Desk

OHIO CARES Relief Fund

In recognition of the ongoing disruption caused by the pandemic, the OHIO CARES Relief Fund will be modified to include eligible students enrolled in fall 2020 until funds expire. Additionally, OHIO has committed additional one-time institutional funding to assist even more undergraduate students who have demonstrated financial need during these unexpected transitions. Information about eligibility for these funds is forthcoming, and students eligible to request funding will be notified when the application becomes available.

Students with high need may request funding for technology expenses incurred as a result of the pandemic.

Keep Learning

For additional resources to successfully continue your studies — including Blackboard, Microsoft Teams, and University Libraries support — visit the Keep Learning website.