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Follett Partners with Rice University to Manage University Bookstore

Bookstore to offer new products, services and events to engage the community

WESTCHESTER, IL, May 18, 2016Follett Higher Education Group is proud to announce its newest partnership with Rice University in Houston, growing the Follett campus store network to more than 1,250 campus stores and 1,700 virtual stores nationwide. Follett was chosen as the company with the best resources, product selection and community focus to meet the evolving needs of Rice University and local Houston customers. The Rice University Bookstore transition is tentatively scheduled for July 7, 2016.

“Follett applauds Rice University for its commitment to fostering a unique learning environment, founded in diversity, collaboration and innovation. We look forward to supporting Rice’s mission through the delivery of creative store solutions that will enhance the campus experience,” said Don Germano, President of Follett Higher Education Group.

With this new partnership, Follett brings the largest inventory of course materials and a network of more than 6,000 publishers to offer the greatest selection of affordable options. This includes access to Follett’s text rental program, which has already saved students nationwide more than $1 billion with discounts of up to 80 percent compared to purchasing new. The University Bookstore will also launch a new price match program to help ensure students get their materials at the lowest cost possible.

Beyond books, Follett will reinvigorate the bookstore experience by promoting the unique spirit of Rice University, hassle-free service and community engagement. Bookstore customers can expect new store events and sales promotions as well as fresh collections of Rice University clothing and gifts alongside supplies, trade books and convenience items in-store and online at The University Bookstore will partner with faculty and student organizations to offer merchandise that reflects each of Rice’s 11 residential colleges as well as open a stadium store in Rice Football Stadium this fall to provide quick and easy access to the latest fan gear.

“We’re excited to have the bookstore under new management,” Rice Vice President for Administration Kevin Kirby said. “In addition to providing a one-stop shop for class and campus living, Follett will host and participate in events that support our students, faculty, staff, alumni and fans.”

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About Follett Corporation |

For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to pre-K and K-12 schools, districts, and college campuses, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach and students to learn. Every day, Follett serves over half of the students in the United States, and works with 70,000 schools as a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content. Follett is higher education's largest campus retailer and a hub for school spirit and community, operating more than 1,250 local campus stores and 1,700 virtual stores across the continent. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett is a $2.6 billion privately held company.

About Rice University

Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to