Colleges and Universities

Today’s colleges and universities face a number of challenges, including rising costs and the continuous decline of government funding. Additionally, the focus on social distancing and emergency preparedness has become increasingly important. These trends are significantly affecting purchasing departments which are tasked to save money, drive the competitive bid process, and manage supplier relationships.

At Essensa, we understand these challenges and can help your institution thrive in today’s evolving higher education landscape. As the nation’s leading group purchasing organization (GPO) serving colleges and universities, we offer immediate, sustainable solutions that enable you to reduce costs, improve financial performance, and enhance the student experience.


How Does it Work?

Power of Premier
As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Premier, a nationally renowned performance improvement organization, Essensa is uniquely positioned to support the higher education marketplace. With over 30 years of supply chain experience, we have the leadership, expertise, and resources to help you succeed.

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Group Purchasing Services
We provide our members with access to some of the most competitive pricing for the products and services they use every day. By leveraging over $67 billion in member purchasing volume, our supply chain experts have established one of the most comprehensive purchasing portfolios in the industry.

Watch this brief video to discover how you can leverage the Essensa/Premier Business & Industry purchasing program to save 10%–73% on your total annual purchasing spend:

Savings Throughout Your Institution

The Essensa/Premier Business & Industry purchasing portfolio includes the national suppliers you know and trust, including many you may already use. By joining Essensa, you’ll be able to access both pricing and strategic purchasing support that are exclusive for our members.

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Membership Benefits

Essensa members have access to:

A robust purchasing portfolio of 2,000+ unique contracts from 900+ suppliers for all of your operating needs

A suite of tools and services dedicated to ensuring that you receive the right price and have sufficient data to make informed purchasing decisions

Multi-tiered customer support

An Employee Discount Program that provides a savings benefit to member employees — at no cost to you

The benefits don’t end there.

The Essensa/Premier Business & Industry purchasing program:

Can be joined
at no cost

Has no minimum
purchase requirements

COVID-19 Resources

For institutions who have been forced to temporarily close due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a quick return to campus is vital — for both business and your students. However, it’s absolutely essential to take all possible steps to ensure a safe environment.

We can help!
Through our purchasing program, your institution has access* to an available supply of the items you’ll need to create a safe on-campus environment:

PPE & medical supplies
(face masks, face shields, gloves,
infrared & touchless thermometers)

Touchless products
(door entry, faucets & soap dispensers)

Foodservice disposables
(paper goods, food & beverage containers)

Sanitizing products
(hand sanitizer, soaps, wipes & disinfectants)

Shield protectors
& barriers

*Access to products are subject to availability from suppliers.

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