Preferred Vendor Contracts

The use of preferred vendor contracts is a State of Ohio initiative mandated by the Ohio Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency in Higher Education. Kent State University implemented the mandate into university policy in order to increase efficiencies in expense management, as well as decrease cost to students and their families. All purchases of goods and/or services for which there is an existing university contract with one or more preferred vendor(s) must be made from those vendors.

Additional information about the mandate and considerations about vendor selection can be found at the Preferred Vendor Contracts FAQ.

These commodities and their corresponding vendors are the only mandated university contracts. If you need help sourcing goods or services with any other commodity, please contact and for recommendations. Updates to these university preferred vendor contracts will be communicated through BAS forum communications.


Mandated Preferred University Contracts

The vendors within these commodities are a part of the State of Ohio initiative and are leveraged state-wide by the IUC-PG.

Computer Hardware & PeripheralsCopiers and Printers

Office SuppliesScientific Supplies

Small Parcel Courier ServicesTravel Services


The vendors within these commodities offer purchasing discounts and benefits through higher education consortia or
university RFP-awarded contract agreements.

Audio Visual Equipment and ServicesBeverage

Car RentalCellular Companies

Chartered BusingDocument Shredding and Destruction

EnvelopesEquipment or Event Rental Services

Food and Catering (Dining)Haz Waste Removal

Information Technology Hardware ComponentsJanitorial Supplies

Linen Rental or Laundering ServicesMoving Services

Maintenance (MRO) SuppliesOffice FurniturePaint

Printing Services & Special PaperPromotional Items

Rings, Diploma Covers, AwardsUniversity Amazon Business Account