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Information 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 Professional 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 SPS website.


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