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Raider Ready

The University of Mount Union is proud to partner with Barnes & Noble on the Raider Ready program. This program addresses equitable access and affordability across all courses at the institution and ensures that undergraduate students will have all their materials for the semester available on or before the first day of class.

The program provides all required textbooks, lab manuals, access codes, and digital textbook versions to students. Mount Union will cover the cost of renting textbooks so that eligible students will receive them for free. 

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Student FAQs

  1. Who is eligible for this program?

    All undergraduate students taking fall and spring semester courses at Mount Union, except College Credit Plus (CCP) students, are eligible for the Raider Ready program. Graduate students and Mount Union students taking courses at other universities are not eligible.

  2. How do I enroll?
    • All eligible students will be automatically enrolled in the program.
    • One month prior to the start of the semester, students will receive an email instructing them to visit their personalized course page and review their course materials. 
    • Students must visit their page and complete the on-screen process. 
    • Upon completion, the University Store will begin preparing a personalized package with all their course materials. 
    • Students will receive an email notification when their order is ready for pickup at the University Store.  
  3. How do I pay for my textbook rentals under this program?

    Mount Union covers the cost of renting these textbooks, so eligible students receive them for free!  

  4. Are non-textbook materials included?

    No, does not include non-print consumables that cannot be returned and reused such as art supplies, lab goggles, dissection kits, molecular model kits, engineering kits, or nursing kits.

  5. When is the deadline to return texbooks?

    The deadline to return all rental textbooks is the last day of finals, and students will receive email reminders about the rental deadline at their Mount Union email address. 

  6. What happens if I need the book for more than one semester?

    If students have a course that continues into a second semester, they will still return the text at the end of the semester, and the same title will be issued for the next semester of the continuation course. Students will receive emails and phone calls from the University Store to remind them to verify their order.  

  7. Can I purchase my textbooks outright after the rental period?

    Yes, the program provides students with the option to purchase textbooks at a reduced rate during the return period. 

  8. What happens if I drop a class?

    Students dropping classes may return the related books to the University Store on the same terms and timelines currently in place. If a student drops a class and enrolls in a different class, the University Store will “swap” the required textbooks/codes so that the student has what is needed 

  9. Can I opt-out of the program?

    While it is NOT recommended, students have the option to opt-out of this program. Opting out means you will not receive access to any of your required course materials from the University. The University will no longer be responsible for issuing free textbooks to the student. Students may opt-out of the program by visiting the Center for Student Success and completing the opt-out form by 4 p.m. on the last day to add/drop classes for the semester.

  10. How do I purchase my textbooks if I decide to opt-out of the program?

    Students will be responsible to purchase their required course materials at their own expense.


Faculty FAQs

  1. Am I limited on my course materials?

    No, you are not limited. All course materials, from any publisher, in the faculty member’s preferred format, are included in the program. The program fully supports faculty choice with no restrictions regarding the course materials that faculty members select for their classes. 

    If you select digital course materials that will be integrated into D2L, you can find instructions on how to do that here.

  2. Is there a deadline to submit my materials?

    There are deadlines to submitting the your class materials to ensure they're included in the Raider Ready program for the following semester. Dates, and any changes associated, will be communicated in advance.