From Kindergarten to College, Ace Your Back-to-School Prep at Target

July 12, 2018 - Article reads in
Two school-age girls in denim against a colorful background and a cart full of dorm gear

Whether you’re picking out glue sticks and crayons or decking out a dorm room and everything in between, Target’s got your back(pack)! With our awesome—and totally affordable—must-haves, super-convenient shopping options (think completing your list with just a few clicks or having everything ready for you to pick up near campus on move-in day) plus more than a few only-at-Target surprises, back-to-school prep has never been easier. (Pssst… teachers. New this year, we’re making life a little easier for you, too, with a special 15 percent discount.) Read on for all the ways Target will help you feel confident as you take on a new school year!

“With our curated mix of Target-exclusive must-haves and national brands, all for an incredible value, guests are sure to find everything they need to start the school year feeling confident and prepared,” says Mark Tritton, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, Target. “And we’re making the shopping experience easier than ever, with fast, convenient ways to help families shop on their terms, from new College Order Pickup and 360-degree shoppable dorm rooms on to School List Assist and more.”

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From stylish dorm essentials you’ll find only at Target (think Room Essentials and new brands like Opalhouse, Project 62 and Heyday) to everyday must-haves from go-to national brands like Tide, Keurig and more, Target is your one-stop shop for college—all at an incredible value. Here’s some inspiration and a peek at this year’s top trends:

And if you need a little help curating the perfect dorm décor (or just picturing how a chair or rug will look in a real room), check out our cool new 360-degree shoppable dorm room experience to explore life-like dorm rooms and shop each look.

Now, about getting all that great stuff to campus… why not let us help with the heavy lifting? Here comes the easiest quiz you’ll take all semester:

How do you want to get your Target gear?

  1. Pick out all my favorites now, then grab them when I’m ready to move-in.
    Our new College Order Pickup service lets you shop thousands of college essentials from toothpaste and bedding to furniture now on, then pick them up during move-in at a Target store near campus. Plus, put some pizza money back in your pocket—you’ll save 15 percent when you use this service.
  2. Find everything I need and have it shipped right to me, fast.
    Our College Checklist is a quick, easy way to make sure you get everything on your list. And even better, get free two-day shipping on when you use your Target REDcard—perfect as you plan the big move, settle in and for anything you need, all year-round. (Don’t have a REDcard? Orders over $35 also qualify for free two-day shipping.)
  3. I’m good on the main stuff, but need to stock up on essentials.
    Target Restock to the rescue. Head to, choose from thousands of popular household essentials—from shampoo and laundry detergent to granola bars—and have them shipped right to you the next day. It’s free for all Target REDcard purchases. No REDcard? No worries—shipping is just $2.99.
  4. I’m planning a Target Run, of course!
    We’re with you—there’s nothing quite like an in-person Target Run! With over 1,800 stores across the country, including 16 small-format stores (and counting) on or near college campuses, we’ve got the ramen (and everything else a student might need) ready. We’re adding seven more of these popular stores this year.

Or better yet, choose all of the above! Plus, we have even more ways to shop on your terms, from Order Pickup and Drive Up to same-day delivery shopped by Shipt and more.

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From the trendiest outfits to brain-powering snacks and the most popular supplies, we’ve got everything your kiddo needs to take on a new school year with confidence! Think thousands of must-haves from only-at-Target brands like Cat & Jack and Up & Up, plus classics like Crayola and Mead, all at some of the lowest prices of the year (supplies starting at $.50 and $4 tees and $8 kids’ denim? Yes, please!). We’ve also got fun new finds like C9 Champion backpacks and Cat & Jack bento boxes, sandwich cutters and food picks to make lunchtime extra-fun, and all the latest trends, from iridescent and metallic prints to sequins, blush tones and bright, bold colors. Take a peek:

And teachers, take note: You can add a little extra sparkle to your classrooms, too! For the first time, Target’s offering teachers nationwide 15 percent off select classroom supplies, from pens, pencils, crayons and markers to classroom storage and organization and tissues, hand sanitizer and more, in stores and on July 15-21. Simply visit starting July 15 to share some quick details and grab your coupon code.

We’ve done our homework to infuse some extra fun into your back-to-school shopping experience, too. New this year, you’ll find hopscotch in the backpack aisle and a Bullseye the dog selfie station in the kids’ apparel area, plus a marketing campaign that spreads messages of confidence and encouragement.

Ready to get started? Go ahead, check everything off your list with just a few clicks, thanks to School List Assist, or do your Target Run your way, with Order Pickup, Drive Up, same-day delivery shopped by Shipt and more. And don’t forget—sales-tax holiday events might be another way for you to save, depending on your state. Get the details at

Here’s to starting the school year in style! For even more inspiration, check out our Back to School and Back to College hubs on

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