Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Study finds average college student uses ID card for 6.36 applications

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies announced that access to buildings, identification, cafeteria purchases, library, bookstore purchases, printing and vending, in that order, are the leading applications for which American college students use their school issued ID cards.

According to Security Info Watch, research also concluded that overall, the majority of college campuses are still using older technologies, such as magnetic stripe cards, mechanical keys and bar codes for access control on campus versus newer, more secure technologies.


Data from an independent research also showed that only 31 % of colleges are using the newer, more secure technologies such as proximity cards, 16 % are using proximity fobs/tokens, 10 % are using biometrics and 9 % are user smart cards.

Ingersoll added that large colleges are most likely to use biometrics, proximity and smart cards, while small schools were least likely to do so. Adding further, biometrics are used more by city and urban colleges as opposed to rural, countryside schools.

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Contract changes and expirations have caused a crunch for University of Chicago students looking to top up their ID cards with laundry funds.

The University removed cash-to-card machines from residence halls at the beginning of this academic year, leaving students with just two locations at which they can reload their ID cards for laundry. Now, rather than having machines located in residence halls, the students must report to two central locations, a campus convenience store and Bartlett Hall, a highly trafficked building that contains a dining hall, and other student resources.

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A student’s life doesn’t have to be all work and no play. Moreover, when your university is located in a city like Pasadena, California where there’s a lot to do, why not take a study break?

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Students at Williams College are swapping their mag stripe student IDs for a new, combined mag stripe and proximity credential.

The new IDs will be used to gain access to building and study rooms on campus both during and after hours.

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St. Edward’s University, like many other institutions, uses student ID cards for physical access to campus buildings as well as to make purchases on campus. These functions are in place as a safety measure and St. Edward’s is making sure to stress this to its students.

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