The fluctuating prices of courseware are a common concern among college students. The University Store (formerly El Corral Bookstore) sells books ranging from $1.25 used and $1.50 new to a textbook package that comes with books and workbooks costing more than $400. The University Store website provides students with the ability to look up which textbooks will be required for their classes.

Students sometimes find that their required textbook is written by their very own Cal Poly professor.

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