St. John Fisher University Partners with, University Gear Shop for Affordable and Accessible Online Bookstore Solutions and Campus Store

April 18, 2023

St. John Fisher University, an independent institution in the Catholic tradition of American higher education located in Rochester, New York, has announced its partnership with as the University's official online bookstore.

A student looks at a t-shirt at Cardinal Shop.

In addition, Fisher will partner with University Gear Shop (UGS) who will now manage the Cardinal Shop on campus and continue to provide the Fisher community with a full range of soft goods such as University apparel, memorabilia, giftware, office supplies, and other miscellaneous items in a physical and online store.

“The University is continually looking for ways to improve the student experience and we recognize the needs of the campus community, regarding the bookstore experience, are rapidly changing. We also recognize that students want to continue to share their institutional pride and have an on-campus shop for apparel and other needs,” said Dr. Matha Thornton, vice president for student affairs. “To better meet students’ needs in this area, the University made the decision to transition its course materials services to a virtual courses materials store and continue to offer the Cardinal Shop.”

As a university that focuses on liberal arts, as well as career-driven education, Fisher selected to serve its students as a dedicated partner in providing their students with an online bookstore shopping experience that is accessible and affordable to students when purchasing course materials. believes in providing students with a streamlined online bookstore shopping experience. Through this partnership with Fisher, will ensure students have access to the company's large selection of course materials at affordable price points and availability. With options such as digital, new, used, and rentals, offers students the opportunity to shop according to their budget. Additional saving options are available, such as purchasing from third-party sellers at additional discounts through’s online Marketplace.

With accessibility top of mind, Fisher students will be able to personalize their online storefront through Single Sign On (SSO), and log into their accounts and have immediate access to search for and purchase their course materials. Saving time and money, students will also have exclusive access to flexible shipping options, such as free shipping directly to the Cardinal Shop, to allow for convenient pickup in between classes.

Faculty and staff will also receive great benefits from these new partnerships. Through, professors will have exclusive access to’s advanced course research technology. Professors will be able to research course material options, student purchasing habits, and real-time pricing to make informed decisions when it comes to assigning course material to their students. This allows professors to make decisions with their students in mind and set them up for further success.

“We are dedicated to bringing St. John Fisher University students an online bookstore shopping experience that best suits their unique educational goals,” said president and CEO Matt Montgomery. “’s mission is to provide students with convenient and affordable course materials, and we look forward to doing so through this partnership.”

On campus, UGS will provide Fisher’s Cardinal Shop and extended campus location websites with a deep inventory of branded merchandise and apparel, as well as marketing resources and technology tools. The partnership will drive community involvement for the University while elevating the student experience with access to high-quality, on-trend items that foster school spirit in the community and on campus.

“We are excited and thrilled to be chosen as the brand growth partner for St. John Fisher University. As their partner, UGS, will work side-by-side with Fisher for the purpose of growing their brand. We are looking forward to providing services that include pop-up locations at athletic events, author signings, and custom merchandise support to all Fisher student and department groups. Our deep selection of product assortment will allow St. John Fisher University and its constituents to experience a wide variety of choices in branded merchandise and products. We will make it our goal every day, to not only provide on-trend branded merchandise but also to provide support to St. John Fisher University in service to its community and stakeholders,” said Bill Boney, EVP of retail operations for UGS.