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Deployment: Monday, August 14th - Friday, September 1st


Fresno State's DISCOVERe tablet program will grow to approximately 250 course sections with 150 faculty members for the Fall 2017 semester that will be offered as tablet only courses. These tablet courses have been designed to offer students an enhanced learning experience. The tablet will offer students portability, convenience, and teaching materials anywhere anytime. When registering for classes, these courses will be denoted as "tablet required."

"Tablets are a teaching and learning tool that Fresno State will embrace to meet the needs of today's tech-savvy students-those already enrolled and future students from throughout the Valley and state who already are using tablets in K-12 schools." - Joseph I. Castro, President, California State University, Fresno


Tablets will be available for DISCOVERe students to rent free of charge on a semester-by-semester basis. This rental program will be done through the DISCOVERe Hub. A follow-up email with more information will be sent to students who would like to apply for a tablet rental. Please click here for more information about the tablet loaner program.

Please note that the grants offered for tablet purchase in previous years are no longer available.


For those students that would like to purchase a tablet, the Kennel Bookstore will be offering two semester payment plan option for students enrolled in a DISCOVERe course. The student would be required to make a payment in the Fall 2017 semester and their last installment payment would be due in Spring 2018. Installment charges are posted to the students university portal account.

If you have any questions or concerns about the DISCOVERe program based on your needs as a student with a disability, please contact the Services for Students with Disabilities office at 278.2811.

Students who currently own a tablet may bring their own device as long as it meets the current minimum specifications listed below.

Required Device

Students enrolled in a DISCOVERe tablet course must have an iPad, Windows or Android tablet that meets the required minimum specifications.

Minimum System Requirements for Fresno State DISCOVERe Tablet Program:

  • iOS 9.0+ or newer (iPad 2+; iPad Air 2, iPad Pro)
  • Android 5.0+ or better
  • Windows 8.1+ (excluding RT)
  • Front and Rear Facing Web Cameras
  • Minimum of 7.9" Screen
  • Minimum 32GB Capacity
  • 802.11n Wireless
  • (Must be able to add a mechanical keyboard, headphones)

Recommended System Requirements for Fresno State DISCOVERe Tablet Program:

  • iOS 10.0+ or newer (iPad Air 2, new iPad, iPad Pro)
  • Android 6.x+ or better
  • Windows 10+ (excluding RT)
  • Front and Rear Facing Web Cameras
  • Minimum of 7.9" Screen
  • Minimum 32GB (64GB+ recommended) Capacity
  • 802.11n Wireless
  • (Must be able to add a mechanical keyboard, headphones)

Additional Requirements

  • *Untethered presentation capability: Miracast for Windows and Android devices and Airplay for iOS devices.
  • **Devices already purchased through the DISCOVERe program that meets the specifications above can continue to be used.
  • ***BYOD that fall outside recommendations assumes the student will take responsibility for following with class material provided. Instructors are not responsible for compatibility when outside recommended platform and specifications.

For additional device recommendations- Click Here

Frequently Asked Questions

When using the Class Search:

  1. Locate the Class Type and look for Tablet Course.
  2. Select Detail and look for DISCOVERe Tablet Course- A tablet will be required.
  3. A Pop-Up screen will appear with specific information about the tablet program and an acknowledgement check box.

Yes. Students can use a personally-owned tablet as long as it meets the minimum tablet specifications.
Tablet Specifications -- Click Here

No, the university will not be offering a grant for tablet purchases for the Fall 2017 semester. The university has allocated monies to purchase tablets that they will rent for the semester for those students that are enrolled in a DISCOVERe tablet course. Click Here for more information on the rental tablets. The Kennel Bookstore will also be offering tablets at a great price with the option of a two semester no interest payment plan. See details under "Is there a payment plan available".

Yes, financial aid dollars can be used for the purchase of a tablet. The coverage is under Textbook and Supplies.

The bookstore is an authorized Apple Campus Store here to serve the needs of students, faculty, and staff. Apple computers and iPads are available at educational pricing. Revenue generated from the bookstore stays on campus and is reinvested back into facilities and services for our students. The bookstore will also be offering a no interest two semester payment plan for those students enrolled in a DISCOVERe class.

Yes, if you are enrolled in a DISCOVERe tablet course for the Fall 2017 semester and you are a Freshman, Sophomore or Junior and have a remaining balance of over $250, you will be able to select a payment plan for a term of two (2) semesters. Balances under $250 must be paid at time of purchase. Seniors and Graduate students with at least two (2) semesters remaining to graduate may also select a two (2) semester payment plan. Non-degree seeking students are not eligible. Students must be enrolled as a regular student in an eligible program at Fresno State. A Fresno State I.D. and credit card* are required to participate in the payment plan. In addition, a Tablet Device Agreement will need to be completed at the time of purchase. If you are under 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian must also sign this agreement. University Accounting will add the semester fee to your student account. This fee may be covered by financial aid (textbooks and supplies).

* For students that do not have a credit card, the Kennel Bookstore will accept a parent or legal guardian's credit card. The Fresno State "High One" Card cannot be used, if you have any questions or need assistance regarding this credit security requirement, please contact the Kennel Bookstore directly at 559-279-4062 or

Yes. Apple products can add AppleCare Plus for 2 years of coverage. Microsoft devices can add 2 years of accidental damage coverage through Safeware.

  • iPad 32GB
  • iPad Pro 10.5" 64GB
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Deployment will usually start the week before classes start. Dates will be provided soon.

If you drop the tablet course, and you selected a 2 semester payment plan you are still obligated to pay your pre-determined payments on time. If you disenroll from the University, you are responsible for the entire balance due, consistent with the terms and conditions of the Tablet Device Agreement.

Unopened tablet purchases may be returned for a refund within 14 days of purchase. If the tablet has been opened (seal broken), no returns are allowed. Defective tablets can be exchanged only.

Payment amounts will depend on the tablet device you choose. The bookstore staff can help you estimate payments prior to making a final purchase decision. However the estimated semester cost will be affordable depending upon the tablet device selected.

No. The University will add the semester installment amount to your student account. There will be established payment due dates for each semester.

Yes. Fresno State's DISCOVERe tablet program will support platforms for Apple, Android, and Windows devices but is currently being reviewed for the Fall 2017 semester. Refer to Minimum Tablet Specifications.

If you purchased one of the approved tablets with MiFi option from the Kennel Bookstore, a one semester data plan is included with your purchase. There is an additional $200 charge for the data plan and MiFi device. If you purchase the Wi-Fi tablet alone then you would need an internet connection at home.

Not all classes will have eTextbooks. The Kennel Bookstore will have eTextbooks available if the instructor has requested and the publisher can provide an eTextbook option.

The apps you will be asked to purchase are, in some cases, considered textbook replacements and will vary in price. The apps selected for classroom use will vary upon the academic department and the instructor.

Yes, you can purchase the tablet device of your choice from the Kennel Bookstore even if you are not enrolled in a DISCOVERe tablet class. Prices vary depending on tablet features and manufacturer. Unfortunately, there is not a payment plan offered for these purchases.

For previous semesters, warranties were required to be purchased based on the grant. With the discontinuation of the grant, warranty purchase is not required but is recommended. If you experience software issues, such as App, eBook, or WiFi, with the device, you can visit the DISCOVERe Hub for assistance. If the device requires a physical repair from accidental damage, such as a cracked screen, then an extended warranty coverage would be needed. The technician at the Kennel Bookstore can assist in filing a claim with the warranty company.

The university will be offering a rental program for students enrolled in a DISCOVERe tablet course for the Fall 2017 semester. Please click here for more information about the tablet rental program.

Yes, as long as your tablet device meets the minimum specifications as outlined under the section "Required Device".

Yes, this is recommended to avoid wait times.