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Barnes & Noble Education and Delta State University to Launch First Day Ready, a BNC First Day® Complete Program, to Enhance Student Success

Nearly 3,000 DSU Students Will Have Access to All Required Textbooks, Lab Manuals, Access Codes and Electronic Book Versions Before the First Day of Class

Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (NYSE: BNED), a leading solutions provider for the education industry, today announced the upcoming launch of First Day® Complete at Delta State University (DSU). Barnes & Noble College (BNC), which manages BNED’s campus bookstores and associated school branded e-commerce sites, will be implementing First Day Ready at Delta State University for the nearly 3,000 students that attend DSU, beginning with the Fall 2022 semester.

By delivering all course materials via one highly convenient concierge service, First Day Complete ensures students have access to all their required course materials on or before the first day of class, allowing them to engage with course content from day one, making them better prepared and facilitating their academic success. The program offers full academic freedom for faculty, allowing them to select course materials they think are best for their curriculum and leverage BNC’s deep relationships with more than 6,000 publishers, creating a one-stop, simplified experience.

With the launch of First Day Ready, DSU students will now have access to all required textbooks, lab manuals, access codes, digital materials and electronic books in a convenient bundle before the first day of class at an average student savings of between 35-50%.

“We are excited about our partnership with Delta State University as we implement First Day Complete to enhance student outcomes,” said Jonathan Shar, President, Barnes & Noble College. “First Day Complete will ensure students are prepared to begin learning on day one, driving greater student success while also offering a more affordable and convenient way for students to obtain their course materials. We are seeing incredible demand for First Day Complete across educational institutions nationwide as faculty and students realize the significant benefits of an all-inclusive course material program. We look forward to working with DSU and our other partner schools to continue delivering tools that empower academic success for all students.”

“We have been piloting this program for the past two years, and we’ve witnessed first-hand its benefits, including alleviating financial burdens associated with purchasing textbooks and equipping students with the course materials they need to ensure academic success. We are confident that implementing this program campus-wide will be beneficial and will help our students to be academically ready on the first day of class,” said Director of Financial Reporting Kelvin Davis.

With First Day Complete, instead of purchasing materials a la carte, the cost is included in each student’s account at the same time tuition is charged. In August, ahead of the Fall Term, students will receive an email from the DSU bookstore prompting 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 have shipped. Digital materials will be automatically delivered to students within Canvas, the University’s online course management system.

To learn more about DSU’s First Day Ready program, visit

Hear what students, faculty and administrators had to say about their experiences using First Day Complete and how it has made a positive impact at their institutions. Watch the video, here.

For more information about First Day Complete, visit,

Barnes & Noble College, a Barnes & Noble Education company, currently operates more than 770 campus stores nationwide. For more information about Barnes & Noble College’s services and locations, visit


Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (NYSE: BNED)
is a leading solutions provider for the education industry, driving affordability, access and achievement at hundreds of academic institutions nationwide and ensuring millions of students are equipped for success in the classroom and beyond. Through its family of brands, BNED offers campus retail services and academic solutions, a digital direct-to-student learning ecosystem, wholesale capabilities and more. BNED is a company serving all who work to elevate their lives through education, supporting students, faculty and institutions as they make tomorrow a better, more inclusive and smarter world. For more information, visit



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