Hello everyone! I'm sure all incoming college students know a little bit about buying textbooks for the semester and/or year, but when is the right time to buy them? For more rigorous courses and majors, such as engineering and nursing, you should definitely consider buying your textbooks a few weeks before your classes start so that you can receive the books and look through them so you are ready when the actual class begins. Before entering my first year at Norwich, a lot of my professors reached out to us via email and said that we should already have our textbooks and be ready to use them for the first day of class as a lot of classes encourage you to read the chapters before the lesson starts.
For other classes, the professor might not even assign a textbook until the first day. It really depends on how fast-paced the class is. If you are unsure whether you should buy your textbooks a few weeks early or wait until the first class, try reaching out to your professors and see what they have to say. Realistically speaking, if the textbook is loaded for the class on the bookstore website, then you should probably buy that book over the summer or over winter break.
I hope this helps incoming students and even students still in high school looking at Norwich!