NRF University Membership

Building retail's next generation of talent

NRF University Members enjoy a wide variety of benefits, including exclusive content and events that connect their students to great careers in retail.

From resources highlighting the retail industry’s career opportunities to curriculum content to discounted registration for events, NRF University Members get the full scope of what the retail field has to offer their students. Discover additional University Member benefits by visiting the NRF Foundation.

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The National Retail Federation currently partners with 85+ university members and 6,500+ students!

Explore exclusive scholarships opportunities

Undergraduates of all majors attending NRF University Member Schools can apply for more than $100,000 in scholarships from the NRF Foundation. Whether your students are interested in the NRF Foundation Next Generation Scholarship, which recognizes future leaders of the retail industry, or the NRF Foundation Student Challenge team business competition – these exclusive NRF University Member scholarships can lead your students to great careers.

 
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Develop student leaders

Only NRF University Member schools exclusively can establish NRF Student Associations chapters on campus. These chapters will help you give your students leadership opportunities and will help you and your university create stronger connections to NRF retailers.

 
Implement industry-recognized training

NRF University Members get 15 FREE RISE Up Business of Retail: Operations and Profit courses annually – a $2,000 value. This industry-recognized credential was developed by the NRF Foundation in collaboration with more than 20 leading retailers.

 
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Access members-only content

NRF University Members get exclusive access to NRF research, resources and webinars that provide the latest retail insights.

Retail’s Big Show

NRF University Membership includes one free educator pass to Retail’s Big Show, NRF’s annual convention and expo in New York City.

 
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Become an NRF University Member today

Start your online application to gain insight into the retail industry and retail’s diverse careers.  

Accredited public or private colleges, universities or online learning institutions in the United States that offer degree programs at the bachelor level or higher are eligible to join NRF. Annual fee: $1,000. View the list of current NRF University Members.

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