10 things you probably don't know about the Co-op
1. The University Co-op is a 120-year-old non-profit
The Co-op was founded in 1896. From the very beginning the Co-op gave rebates to students. In addition to selling books, supplies and athletic wear at reasonable prices, the Co-op provided variety of services, including a night mail service at no additional cost. You can read our full history HERE!
2. The Co-op gives
The Co-op’s longstanding tradition of giving back started in 1911 with a $10,000 contribution to complete the construction of the Gregory gym. Since then, the Co-op has been a major benefactor on campus for projects large and small.
Here's a list of some of our donations.
- $1,566,291 to student organizations.
- 100% of profits from the sale of the Lucchese "Student Government" boots. Consistently a best seller, the boots will fund over $35,000 in scholarship awards in 2015.
- $1,253,500 for Athletic programs such as the Men's and Women's Athletics Academic Awards, Women's Hall of Honor, and the Longhorn Foundation.
- Over $448,150 since 2001 to the School of Human Ecology for the annual fashion show organized by University Fashion Group and the Division of Textiles and Apparel.
- Over $1,400,000 to the Texas Exes for events and programs such as Camp Texas, Texas/OU weekend and scholarships.
3. The Longhorn Grad Cap Heist
In May of 2011 students (probably Aggies) stole our Longhorn statue’s graduation cap. The thieves are still at large...
4. The Co-op Food Court
We have a food court located directly behind the Co-op. The "Co-op Food Court" features American (New), American (Traditional), Breakfast, Burgers, Fast Food, Mexican, Tex-Mex, Thai, Vegan and Vegetarian food options. Learn more about the Co-op Food Court HERE!
5. Burnt Orange Tailgating
We started a web series called Burnt Orange Tailgating during the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 football seasons. A team of employees and students explored tailgating traditions and asked trivia questions. You can watch some of our favorite episodes below.
6. The 1964 Heist
Overnight on Thanksgiving, The Overton gang, led by a former UT football player, robbed the Co-op vault for over $20,000 in ticket sales money from the Texas v A&M game. The thieves later bought Cadillacs at Charles Maund with money from paper bags full of cash.
7. The Biggest Harlem Shake
The Co-op organized the "Biggest" Harlem Shake in 2013. Our video has generated over 10 million views.
8. We try our best to offer you the most affordable textbook options
We try our best to give you the best deals for books by offering price comparison shopping! Our price compare system will show you the Co-op's price for each book as well as options that are available from online sources including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Half.com and many others. It'll also show you rental & digital options if available. You can compare prices and choose which to order. Start comparison shopping HERE!
9. "Gangnam Style" and "Call Me Maybe"
The Co-op did an EPIC "Gangnam Style" and "Call Me Maybe" parody! Watch below ;)
10. We offer REBATES
Students, faculty, and staff of the University of Texas at Austin are eligible for a rebate on all their purchases from the University Co-op. At the end of the school year, the Co-op Board of Directors will determine the amount of the rebate. For the past decade, the rebate has been 10% of the total receipts turned in. Full rebate info can be found HERE.
We couldn't be happier to celebrate our 120 year anniversary! Thanks to all the students and Longhorns that have supported us through the years.