WildCARD for New Students

Welcome to Northwestern! As you make preparations for the beginning of the school year, don't forget to make time to pick up your student ID card, the WildCARD.

Getting your WildCARD

All students are encouraged to submit their ID photo online. Please review the guidelines and upload your photo on our WildCARD Photo Submission page. We’ll have your WildCARD ready when you arrive on campus! You must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g., your driver’s license, state photo ID, or current passport) in order to claim your card.

Undergraduate Students: Submit your WildCARD photo online by August 1. On move-in day, pick up your WildCARD from your assigned Welcome Center.

Graduate Students: The WildCARD distribution process varies per program. If you are unsure where to pick up your ID, please contact your school's Student Affairs Office.

School of Continuing Studies Students: Online students who are not in close proximity to either campus may request that their WildCARD be mailed to them. Please follow the instructions on the SCS website.

WildCARD Office Extended Hours

The Evanston WildCARD Office, located in Norris University Center's underground level, will be open for extended hours during Wildcat Welcome 2014:

Sunday, Sept. 14
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday, Sept. 15 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, Sept. 16 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday, Sept. 17 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Thursday, Sept. 18 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Friday, Sept. 19 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday, Sept. 20 8:30 am - 12:30 pm 

If you will be on campus early or live in the area, you are encouraged to pick up your card during normal business hours prior to September 12.

Using your WildCARD

Your WildCARD is more than just your student ID. You can use it to:

  • Access meal plans
  • Check out materials at the library
  • Ride the campus shuttles for free
  • Work out at the campus athletic facilities
  • Attend sporting events, concerts, plays, and lectures
  • Access the University Library system to use copiers and printers
  • Receive discounts from local businesses participating in the WildCARD Advantage program
  • Link it to your U.S. Bank checking account and use it as an ATM/debit card

Banking with your WildCARD

us bank logoU.S. Bank has the only bank branch and ATMs on campus, and it is the only bank where you can have your WildCARD linked to your U.S. Bank checking account. Avoid paying costly ATM fees on campus and take advantage of the convenient banking services that U.S. Bank has to offer when you open your checking account.

If you wish to link your WildCARD to your existing U.S. Bank account, or for information on opening an account, visit the WildCARD Banking webpage. For additional questions, you can email the U.S. Bank branch at usbank@northwestern.edu or call 847-475-3025. U.S. Bank will have extra staff on campus during orientation to open accounts or assist with any questions. To accelerate this process, we encourage you to have all of the necessary documents completed and bring them with you when you arrive on campus. 


If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at wildcard@northwestern.edu or 847-467-6843.

Submit Your Photo

Undergraduate students are encouraged to submit a WildCARD photo online by August 1. Please review the guidelines and upload your photo on the Photo Submission page.