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Northwestern's Official ID

Services and discounts for Wildcard holders

Your Wildcard

Your Wildcard can be used to access University buildings and shuttles, purchase food through the University meal plan, and much more.

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Most students, faculty, and staff members are eligible for a Wildcard. Learn how to get yours.
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Wildcards and Northwestern-issued ID cards have varying privileges on and around campus.
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Use your Wildcard to save with free delivery, free items, or discounts on products and services.
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Check Out the New Wildcard

We are very pleased to unveil our newly designed Wildcard! The updated card reflects Northwestern's brand and visual identity, and delivers enhanced security features. The new cards were issued in 2016 to all incoming freshmen students, new students, and new faculty and staff.

Learn more:

Upgrade Eligibility
Types of Wildcards
Contact + Image Requests


Locations & Hours

Evanston Campus Chicago Campus
Norris University Center, Underground level
1999 Campus Dr. (see map)

Phone: 847-467-NUID (6843)
Fax: 847-467-2609
Office hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Abbott Hall, Room 100
710 Lake Shore Dr. (see map)

Phone: 312-503-0548
Office hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Additional hours of operation: During the first two weeks of fall, winter, and spring quarter (beginning with the first day of classes), the Wildcard offices will close at 6:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday.

The Evanston Campus Wildcard Office is closed when the Norris University Center shuts down over holiday break (typically from Christmas Eve through New Year's Day - please call the Wildcard Office for details).