Reading is an essential component to a successful class experience at college. Thus, in addition to tuition, room and board, you as an incoming student should be ready to purchase any number of textbooks for your classes, and thus should include these items as part of your school budget. Depending on your major, you may expect to purchase on average $300-400 of books per semester. However, some majors require texts that can be quite expensive—the Sciences and Business Administration are examples—and thus you can expect to spend $200-300 more per semester in some cases.
Emmanuel does have an on-campus bookstore open the first few weeks of classes to purchase any number of textbooks, with an option to sell back some (not all) books at the end of the semester. You may opt, however, to purchase books online through an online rental site or a site where you can purchase and keep the books.
Some words of caution for online buyers:
- If you purchase books online, you should make sure that you buy books in a timely manner so that you will have them by the first day of class. Once you register for classes, the textbook information will be available through your printed class schedule. You should make sure that the edition ordered online matches with the text edition on your class schedule.
- It is possible (but happens rarely) that texts initially in the system may change by the first day of class. If that is the case, it is your responsibility to make sure that any text you order online can be returned if it is not the right textbook.