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California State Universities May Make Computer Required Equipment

September 8, 1994

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) _ Three state universities want to add a personal computer to the price of admission.

Sonoma State, Humboldt State and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo have asked the chancellor of the 20-school California State University system for permission to make ownership of a personal computer a requirement for admission next year.

″This is the 1990s’ equivalent of a slide rule,″ said Mark Resmer, Sonoma State’s associate vice president of information technology.

But a PC is no slide rule, costing from about $1,000 to nearly $3,000.

Sonoma State officials conceded there will be further discussion before a final decision is made.

The school said it would not turn away anyone who doesn’t have a computer. And, Resmer said, making computers a requirement would allow low-income students to use financial aid to buy them.

Some private schools and a few public universities have already instituted the requirement.