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Cal Poly Corp. Selects Follett to Operate University Store

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF., May 30, 2017 – Cal Poly Corporation today announced that it will soon transition management of the Cal Poly University Store to Follett Higher Education, bringing new products, savings and support to campus store customers.  Store operations under the new agreement include the on-campus University Store located in the University Union, Cal Poly Downtown and the University Store e-commerce site. The transition is scheduled for July 1. 

“It is vital that Cal Poly have a partner who represents the university’s commitment to ongoing improvement and reinforces our ability to meet the needs of today’s campus and today’s students,” said Lorlie Leetham, executive director of Cal Poly Corp. and associate vice president for commercial services.  “Follett has had remarkable staying power in the higher education industry and has demonstrated its commitment to innovative store design and services – particularly attractive features for a campus with our proud history.”

With this new partnership, Cal Poly faculty and students will have access to Follett's wide range of affordable course material choices. Cost-saving print options include used books as well as Follett’s text rental program that delivers significant savings compared to purchasing new. Follett also offers a number of digital academic tools that provide affordability and learning benefits, ranging from Instant Access to lower-priced digital course materials before the first day of class, and affordable open educational resources (OER) content and courseware by Lumen Learning.  New store services also include Follett’s year-round buyback and price match programs. 

"We look forward to serving Cal Poly students, parents, alumni, fans, faculty and staff,” said Clay Wahl, president of Follett Higher Education.  “Our goal is to enhance the Cal Poly University Store experience with the widest range of affordability options available to students, as well as hassle-free shopping with great products and services that celebrate the campus spirit."

Beyond course materials, Follett will refresh general merchandise offerings to create a one-stop shopping experience for class and campus essentials. Cal Poly University Store customers can expect a custom merchandise assortment that reflects local interests and national trends in supplies, technology, clothing, gifts and more. Exciting brands carried include Apple®, Adidas®, Under Armour®, Columbia® Sportswear, League® Collegiate Outfitters, ’47® headwear and apparel and Tervis® insulated drinkware. Follett’s products and services will be available in-store and through, the leading online source for course materials and fan gear.


About Cal Poly Corporation

Cal Poly Corporation is the non-profit auxiliary organization to Cal Poly, providing self-supporting, innovative, and high-quality services to the university and assisting the institution in achieving its educational mission. For additional information, visit or call 805-756-1451.

About Cal Poly

Founded in 1901 and part of the renowned California State University system since 1960, Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive polytechnic public university located in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Known for its Learn by Doing approach, small class sizes and open access to expert faculty, Cal Poly is a distinctive learning community whose 21,000 academically motivated students enjoy an unrivaled hands-on educational experience that prepares them to lead successful personal and professional lives. For more information, visit

About Follett Corporation

For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to preK-12 schools, colleges and campus stores, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach, students to learn and fans to celebrate. A leading provider of education technology, services and physical and digital content, Follett currently works with 70,000 schools and operates more than 1,250 local campus stores and 1,600 virtual stores. With the 2016 acquisition of Baker & Taylor, LLC, Follett’s reach also extends into the public library and global retail markets. Today Follett Corporation is the world’s largest single source of books, entertainment products, digital content and multi-media for libraries, schools and retailers. Follett is a $3.6 billion privately held company headquartered in Westchester, Illinois.  For more information, visit

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