Delta State will launch a new course materials program, First Day Ready, this fall

CLEVELAND, — Delta State University students will now be better positioned to succeed from day one of classes with the rollout of the new course materials program, First Day Ready at Delta State.

Through the program, Delta State undergraduates will have access to all required textbooks, lab manuals, access codes, digital documents and e-books in one convenient package before the first day of class, with an average savings of 35 to 50% for students.

Delta State’s First Day Ready program is launched in partnership with Barnes & Noble College (BNC), which operates the Delta State Campus Bookstore.

“We have been piloting this program for two years and have witnessed its benefits, including easing the financial burden associated with purchasing textbooks and providing students with the course materials they need to ensure their academic success” , Delta State said. Chief Financial Officer Kelvin Davis. “We are confident that implementing this campus-wide program will be beneficial and help our students be academically ready on the first day of class.”

By providing all course materials through a convenient concierge service, First Day Ready at Delta State ensures that all students have access to required course materials on or before the first day of class, allowing them to engage with content. course from day one, making them better prepared and facilitating their academic success.

The program also offers full academic freedom to faculty, allowing them to select the course materials they deem best for their program and to leverage BNC’s close relationships with over 6,000 publishers, creating a unique experience and simplified.

“We are thrilled with our partnership with Delta State University,” said Barnes & Noble College President Jonathan Shar. “First Day Ready will ensure students are ready to start learning on day one, which will support greater student success while providing students with a more affordable and convenient way to obtain their course materials. We look forward to to work with DSU to continue to provide tools that promote academic success for all students.”

With First Day Ready, instead of buying materials a la carte, the cost is included in each student’s account at the same time the tuition is billed.

In August, before the fall semester, students will receive an email from the DSU Bookstore inviting them to select their preferred delivery method. The bookstore will prepare materials for each student and notify them when materials are available for in-store pickup or shipping. Digital materials will be automatically delivered to students in Canvas, the University’s online course management system.

Delta State will implement its First Day Ready program in August for the fall 2022 semester.

Barnes & Noble College, a Barnes & Noble Education Society, currently operates more than 770 on-campus stores nationwide. For more information on Barnes & Noble College services and locations, visit

To learn more about DSU’s First Day Ready program, visit for day one.

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