Ever wish for an easier, more affordable way to gather your course materials at the start of the semester? MSU’s Bulldog Bundle gives undergraduate students access to all required textbooks, lab manuals, access codes and electronic book versions in a convenient bundle before the first day of class—in most cases, at discounted prices.
Through a partnership with Barnes & Noble, Bulldog Bundle allows undergraduate students to receive required course materials for all classes for a flat fee, regardless of how much each individual textbook or digital access would cost to rent or purchase separately.
Instead of purchasing materials a la carte, the cost is applied to the student’s account at the same time tuition is charged. The MSU bookstore provides each student with a convenient package for physical books, and digital materials are automatically populated to students’ courses in Canvas.
Reduce the cost of traditional textbooks by up to 50% with Bulldog Bundle!
Program Price - $20 per credit hour
How It Works
Register for Class
All undergraduate students except those in the Gulf Coast engineering program will be automatically enrolled into the program. Once you’ve selected your courses, Barnes & Noble will start preparing your order. You may opt out of the program through the last day to add a class each semester.
Verify Your Order
One month before the first day of classes, you will receive an order verification link from Barnes & Noble to your MSU email to verify your order and select your delivery preference (in-store pickup or direct ship-to-home).
Receive Your Textbooks
An email notification will be sent when your order is ready for pickup or when it ships. Your digital materials will be delivered for your course(s) within Canvas under the Bulldog Bundle digital materials link.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does this program benefit students?
Studies show there is an increasing number of students who delay or avoid purchasing course materials, which negatively impacts their success. This program makes getting course materials easier and more affordable by reducing the cost of book purchases by an estimated 35 – 50% and ensuring students automatically receive all their books and access to electronic materials in a convenient package on or before the first day of class.
If I choose not to participate, how do I opt out of the program?
While we encourage students to take advantage of these significant savings, we also understand this program may not meet the needs of each student. If you do not want to participate in Bulldog Bundle, you will need to opt out every semester.
The link to opt out of Bulldog Bundle will be available on Dec. 5 for those enrolled in Winter Session and on Dec. 19 for those enrolled in Spring 2023.
If you do not opt out of the program each semester, your student account will be charged. Please reach out to email@example.com with any further questions. The opt-out email you will receive is your confirmation for the removal of charges by the university.
How does it work?
- Register for your classes, and the MSU bookstore will start preparing your course materials.
- You will receive a welcome email from Barnes & Noble 35 days before classes begin outlining next steps. You will then receive a second email from B&N 30 days out instructing you to select your delivery preference (in-store pickup at no cost or shipped directly to you for a small fee). These emails will come from firstname.lastname@example.org so be sure to check your junk/spam folder to ensure you have not blocked emails from this address.
- An email notification from B&N will be sent when your order is ready for pickup or when it ships.
- Your digital materials will be delivered for your course(s) within Canvas.
How do I change my opt-out status?
Detailed instructions for changing your status to opt back into Bulldog Bundle will be provided closer to the start of classes. Please be aware you must make your final selection by the last day to add a class in each semester. Feel free to reach out to email@example.com with any further questions.
Why is MSU partnering with Barnes & Noble College on this initiative?
Barnes & Noble at Mississippi State University is MSU’s on-campus, contracted bookstore. Both MSU and Barnes & Noble are committed to driving student success, and this partnership will ensure all students are prepared to begin learning on the first day of class. This innovative course materials delivery model addresses equitable access, convenience and affordability across all courses by bundling the cost of course materials and guaranteeing students have all of their materials for the semester available on or before the first day of class. In addition, Bulldog Bundle fully supports academic freedom and faculty choice. Faculty members can choose the materials that are best suited for their teaching, regardless of publisher or format.
How will I receive my materials?
Textbooks can be picked up at Barnes & Noble at Mississippi State University, or orders can be shipped to you. If you choose shipping, you will be responsible for the shipping costs. Digital materials will be automatically populated to your course(s) in Canvas.
What if I need an accessible format?
Students with disabilities who need course materials in an accessible format should contact MSU’s Disability Resource Center. Students who have not previously registered with the DRC can find instructions here. DRC will work with faculty, publishers and Barnes & Noble to provide accessible alternative formats to students with qualifying disabilities. For more information, please contact DRC at firstname.lastname@example.org or 662-325-3335.
What should I do if I have not received my books?
Orders cannot be processed until you have verified your order. If you have already done so, please reach out to the bookstore at email@example.com. Be sure to include your order number and first and last name so they can check on the status of your order.
What happens if a faculty member changes their course material adoption?
If a faculty member changes their course material adoption, faculty should notify the bookstore of the new adoption, and the bookstore will ensure that students receive the corrected course materials.
What if my teaching assignment changes (e.g., I was scheduled to teach one course, but later assigned to another)?
The bookstore is committed to helping as they normally do in those situations. We will just work to update the textbook adoption platform with the new materials.
If I adopt Open Education Resources or don’t require a textbook, do my students still have to pay the fee?
Students will pay for the total number of credits taken a semester, not by the number of courses utilizing the program. Students have the option to opt out for all classes in their term.