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Raider Ready

The University of Mount Union is proud to partner with Barnes & Noble College (BNC) on the Raider Ready program. This program addresses equitable access and affordability across all courses at an institution by bundling the cost of course materials into tuition and ensuring undergraduate students 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 included as part of their tuition and will be launched for the 2022-2023 Academic Year, beginning in the 2022 Fall Semester.

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Student FAQs

  1. 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.  
  2. Are non-textbook materials included?

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

  3. 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. 

  4. 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.  

  5. 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. 

  6. 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 

  7. Can I opt out of the program?

    No, there is no opt-out option for the program.


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. 

  2. Is there a deadline to submit my materials?

    At this time, we anticipate that the deadlines for the submission of course materials will be:  

    • March 15, 2022, for all summer 2022 and fall 2022 courses 
    • October 15, 2022, for all spring 2023 courses 

    These dates are subject to change, and any changes will be communicated in advance.