[caption id="attachment_39985" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="As part of a pilot program, Hood College will provide an iPad 2 to each incoming freshman—about 311 students."][/caption]

Without an iPad, Karly Reigel, an incoming freshman at Hood College in Frederick, Md., might have been studying elementary and special education elsewhere.

"I had already liked Hood, and when I heard they were giving away iPads I was like, 'I'm definitely coming here,'" Reigel said.

The Reading, Pa., native joined 106 other first-year students on campus June 13 at the first of the college's three summer orientations.

The orientation sessions allow...

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