College Students, Grab Those Scanner Guns: College Registries Are Becoming a Thing!


August 1, 2014
by Suada Kolovic
To my understanding, the general rule of thumb for a creating registry is as follows: any event marking a significant life change (marriage, baby, new home, etc.) warrants one. And while no one would argue that heading off to college would fit that description, only recently have college-bound students been encouraged to register for items that would smooth their transitions to college life.

To my understanding, the general rule of thumb for a creating registry is as follows: any event marking a significant life change (marriage, baby, new home, etc.) warrants one. And while no one would argue that heading off to college would fit that description, only recently have college-bound students been encouraged to register for items that would smooth their transitions to college life.

Once reserved for brides and moms-to-be, big box retailers are opening up their gift registries to college students. Target rolled out a college registry in June and already thousands have signed up. "Our college-bound guests were looking for an easy way to manage lists and share them with friends and family online," said Jenna Reck, public relations manager for Target. "When we looked at the registry experience we already offered through the Target Wedding and Target Baby registries, we quickly realized that it was the right solution." The registry will be accessible year-round and is geared toward students in every stage of their campus lives. Other retailers including Bed Bath and Beyond, The Container Store and Walmart also have registries that cater to college students. (For more on this story, click here.)

What are your thoughts on college registries? Do you think they’re practical or tacky? Share your thoughts in the comments section. For more information on preparing for college and what to expect once you get there, look over our College Prep section.

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Gabriella B  on  8/6/2014 12:52:05 PM commented:

It is a good idea. It's no different than a wedding shower which helps the bride and groom become prepared for their future. College registration is helping a young adult prepare for the future as well. This also takes some of the burden off the parents who have to worry about the other financial responsibilities of college. It's a big deal going to college and should be celebrated as so.

Arianna M  on  8/5/2014 1:53:58 PM commented:

This idea is beyond tacky. The whole point of college is to learn to live independently.This just show's how young people feel entitled to everything and end up non functioning,spoiled adult's. What's next? College putting up registeres for textbooks and food.

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