WildCARD for New Students

Welcome to Northwestern! As you make preparations for your first days on campus, don't forget to make time to pick up your student ID card, the WildCARD.

Getting your WildCARD

You are required to submit your WildCARD photo online by August 1. 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!

On move-in day, pick up your WildCARD from your assigned Welcome Center. You must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g., your driver’s license, state photo ID, or current passport).

WildCARD Office

If you need to visit the WildCARD Office, located in Norris University Center’s underground level, our extended Wildcat Welcome hours are:

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
  • Workout 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 web page. 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

You are required to submit your WildCARD photo online by August 1. Please review the guidelines and upload your photo on the Photo Submission page.