OSU’s Costco membership program is changing!  

What: Costco is moving OSU from a single membership for the entire university to individual memberships for each department.

Why: This will align OSU with the Costco membership model and help prevent issues with online ordering and in-store access.

When: Beginning January 1, 2022 OSU will no longer have a single campus-wide Costco membership.

To continue making purchases at Costco, departments may purchase their own memberships by following the steps in the OSU Department Costco Membership Guide.

View the OSU Department Costco Membership Guide


  • Will this process apply to all OSU departments across the state (extension offices etc.)
    • Yes, this will apply to all OSU departments regardless of location.
  • Can staff use their personal Costco membership to shop with a OSU issued p-card?
  • Can departments combine memberships, e.g. one shopper from each department?
    • Yes, two departments can buy one membership and designate the two shoppers associated to be from different departments.
  • Can anyone shop online with the department membership card or only the designated shoppers?
    • To avoid issues with online ordering and Costco terms and conditions, only those designated as shoppers should use their cards to shop both in-person and online.         
  • If all department shoppers are not available, can a department use their membership card?
    • No. Cards are non-transferable and departments should plan for contingencies.
  • How does the department handle renewals and rebate checks?
    •  This would be determined by the department, but typically the department Costco account Administrator or primary designated shopper will handle these.
  • How do I change my department Costco Account Administrator after I’ve established one?
  • Does the department Costco Account Administrator need to let Costco know when department shoppers change?
    • Yes. To keep the account up-to-date and accurate, the department Costco Account Administrator should email Costco with any changes to the department account.

Feedback regarding the Costco Program can be submitted using our Contact Form.