FAQ

College Outside is a resource for collegiate outdoor programs across the country. As a part of College Outside, outdoor program members, leaders, and administrators get access to our gear-discount site to buy gear for themselves and for their programs! We also host awesome intercollegiate events (like our Collegiate Ice Carnival) and provide relevant student-facing content from our team of all-star student journalists. Our main mission is to support these outdoor programs and help more students get introduced to the outdoors! If your program is interested in joining the network and accessing these benefits, Apply Now!
College Outside has the first ever retail site that is exclusively for outing clubs or outdoor education programs, leaders, and members. It was built in order to streamline your club or program’s gear purchasing process. You can expect the same discounts you would get if you reached out to each of the companies we work with individually. It is a FREE members-only retail site. In order to gain access you have to be a leader or member of a certified college outing club or outdoor education program.
The current outing club or outdoor education program coordinator/president/administrator can apply for access HERE. Club or program administrators and leaders will need to send us a roster of active leaders and members each semester, who will then have an account created for them. Roster templates can be found in the application. Individuals can only gain access through their program administrator or leader.
College Outside will create accounts for all active members and leaders of college outdoor programs. The list of active members and leaders is provided by each program’s president, admin, or advisor. Talk with your outing club or program leader about joining your campus chapter! Once your program administrator or leader has added you to their roster, you will have an account created for you.
No! Both leaders AND members of your outing club or program will get access. Leaders can also use the retail site for larger program and group orders using your “Group” account.
Yes! You can designate one person from each club or program who will be placing the orders for your club or program. They will have access to your program’s “Group” account. In this way, we can remove any of the minimum or maximum purchasing restrictions. All other individuals will have buying limits, and are only allowed to purchase gear for themselves.
The Commandments serve as rules and expectations for the website. These are the rules that we must all respect in order for us to be able to sell you gear at a discount. See the 8 Gear Commandments here.
College Outside purges its users once a year. This enables us to keep our system up to date and prevent abuse. Current student accounts will be re-activated once their schools sends us an updated roster (due September 31st). If you think your account has been suspended by mistake, please contact your program administrator or coordinator.
We currently sell over 40 of the top outdoor industry brands including Black Diamond, Marmot, Petzl, and so many more. We are always adding new vendors to the site to improve your ability to access the great outdoors. Log in to view our current vendors! We will send you an e-mail whenever a new brand is added to the site!
Several discount levels are applicable for students. Unfortunately, only current leaders and members of outing clubs/outdoor education programs are granted access at this time. You can expect discounts ranging from 25%-60% off current season products.
College Outside is the first exclusive online website designed specifically for college outing clubs and outdoor education programs. By using College Outside, you will get the same discounts you would have received by working through a company directly, with no order minimums or hassles. The discounts will be better than other pro-sites, as they are designed specifically for you!
NO. College Outside gear is only available for personal and program use. College Outside will monitor purchasing habits to prevent program abuse. You may not, under any circumstances, order gear for friends and family (unless we are having a friends and family sale).
Our priority at College Outside is to facilitate affordable access to the great outdoors. We are here to help you! If you have any questions not outlined in the FAQ, please contact shop@collegeoutside.com so we can answer your questions and possibly help other students who may be wondering the same thing.
“College Outside is awesome! Does an excellent job of offering great rates and equipment to all members of the outdoors club that desire it! Keep up the good work!”Dan, Bates Outing Club Director