Ever wish for an easier, more affordable way to gather your course materials at the start of the semester? The UofM's Tigers SmartStart program gives undergraduate students access to all required textbooks, lab manuals, access codes, and electronic book versions in a convenient bundle before the first day of class—in most cases, at discounted prices.
Through a partnership with Barnes & Noble College, Tigers SmartStart allows undergraduate students to receive required course materials for all classes for a flat fee of $24 per credit hour, regardless of how much each individual textbook or digital access would cost to rent or purchase separately.
Instead of purchasing materials a la carte, the rental cost is applied to the student’s account at the time of registration. The UofM bookstore provides each student with a convenient package for physical books, and digital materials are automatically populated to students’ courses in Canvas.
Reduce the cost of traditional textbooks by up to 50% with Tiger SmartStart!
How It Works
Register for Classes. Upon registering for courses, students will be automatically enrolled in the program. Once you've successfully selected your courses, the bookstore will start preparing your order.
Verify your Order. No later than 30 days before the first day of classes, you will receive an e-mail to verify your order and select your fulfillment preference.
Receive Your Textbooks. An e-mail notification will be sent when your order is ready for pickup or when it ships. Your digital materials will be delivered for your course(s) in Canvas.
If you would not like to participate in the Tiger Smart Start Program, you must OPT OUT. You can opt out beginning 30 days before the first day of class and up until the second Friday of classes. Please note that the program will follow the established University refund schedule found here.