UW to Launch StartRight+ This Fall for Textbooks

Beginning this fall, all University of Wyoming undergraduates will be able to access their required course materials for a flat fee of $275 per semester through an innovative new university program, StartRight+, aimed at breaking down financial inequities while enhancing the student experiences through academic preparedness.

Following extensive research regarding affordable course material delivery programs by the University Store, the UW Board of Trustees has approved StartRight+ for the fall 2024 and spring 2025 semesters.

StartRight+ is a digital-first, subscription-based program in which undergraduate students will receive all of their required textbooks for one flat price per semester. All undergraduate students automatically are enrolled.

“We know that retention and persistence outcomes are impacted when students struggle to purchase course materials at the beginning of the semester, so we’re excited to increase access to materials and support student success with StartRight+,” says Misty Eaton, University Store director.

Through StartRight+, students are guaranteed access to their course materials at the start of the semester -- allowing them to engage with course content from day one, making them better prepared for academic success.

Under the StartRight+ program, faculty members retain full academic freedom and will follow the same course material adoption that is currently established. Faculty members are expected to submit all adoptions by the preestablished deadline of Friday, April 26.

StartRight+ benefits include:

-- Affordability and predictability: StartRight+ is a flat semester rate of $275. Students have the option to opt out of StartRight Choice for individual title purchases.

-- Student success: StartRight+ ensures all undergraduate students have access to their required course materials.

-- Convenience: As this is a digital-first program, materials are provided via WyoCourses. Should a class require print materials, students will receive an email detailing pickup at the University Store.

-- Sustainability: Digital materials eliminate thousands of textbooks from being printed and shipped to the campus each semester.

-- Academic freedom: Faculty members continue to determine materials for their classes, including open educational resources.

The launch of StartRight+ is a step UW has taken to make attaining a college degree more affordable and prepare students for life and adaptation to a changing and increasingly digital world. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to visit the StartRight+ website for updated frequently asked questions, how-to guides and general information.

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