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ID Badges for Colleges and Universities

Educational institutions of all shapes and sizes rely on ID cards as a way to increase security while also delivering a great deal of convenient functionality. As security concerns grow and budgets tighten, it’s becoming more and more important for schools to maintain effective ID card programs. That’s where AlphaCard comes into play. We’ve helped hundreds of colleges & universities launch affordable ID programs that meet a wide range of requirements. The needs of each campus are different, and with today’s card-printing technology, the options are limitless.

We’ve Worked With

  • Universities
  • Private Colleges
  • Vocational Schools
  • Community Colleges

How do Colleges & Universities use ID Badge Systems?

Student IDsEvery college student should be outfitted at all times — or at least carry — a student ID to let faculty and school administrators know that they’re a student and authorized to be on campus. Student IDs usually include a photo, their age, year in school, and student ID number.
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Faculty IDsAll faculty, administrators, and staff should also have photo IDs. Staff IDs should be displayed via a lanyard or badge clip to make certain that students and visitors can easily see who is an authorized employee of the university and who’s a visitor.
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School Housing & Dorm CardsStudent IDs can also act as access control cards to ensure that only students can enter the dorms. This is a critical security component to keeping intruders from gaining access to the dorms, which happens to be a major security concern these days.
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Access ControlColleges rely on faculty access control cards to limit entry to staff rooms, offices, and secure areas such as labs. This extra layer of security helps deter unauthorized individuals, as well as students, from attempting to gain access to these areas.
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Multifunctional & Smart CardsMany schools these days are utilizing data storage technologies to keep important data about their students and faculty including grade, position, specialty or job, or number of years the faculty and professors have worked at the school.
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Visitor BadgesIt’s quite common for colleges to issue visitor ID badges to guests, potential students touring the campus, and their parents as a way to ensure everyone entering the campus is properly identified. Usually, visitor badges can be obtained in the main administration building at the reception desk.
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Cashless PaymentID cards can be used as payment cards for staff and students for campus dining halls and vending machines, making payment a consolidated process that is managed much more effectively using third-party cashless payment software.
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Learn More About the Benefits of School ID Programs

Educational institutions of all shapes and sizes rely on ID cards as a way to increase security while also delivering a great deal of convenient functionality.

As security concerns grow and budgets tighten, it’s becoming more and more important for schools to maintain effective ID card programs. That’s where AlphaCard comes into play. We’ve helped hundreds of schools launch affordable ID programs that meet a wide range of requirements. The needs of each school are different, and with today’s card-printing technology, the options are limitless.

Some schools simply require basic photo IDs, while others integrate these ID cards with such applications as meal plan programs, library and equipment checkout, time and attendance, cashless payment, and even access control for campus buildings and student housing.

On the university level, student ID cards have been commonplace for quite some time, but the functionality of the cards has increased in recent years. University ID cards can play a prominent role in the flow of a campus community. They’re often applied to a variety of applications. Examples include management of meal plan accounts, paying for laundry, prints, copies and other campus services, controlling access to computer labs and dormitories, and many times these cards also double as public transit passes.

Whatever the needs of your school ID program are, you can be sure AlphaCard has experience meeting similar requirements. We’ve worked with all types of educational institutions and look forward to helping you find the right solution for your particular needs. Simply call (800) 717-8080 to learn more.

AlphaCard Photo ID Systems are perfect for:

  • Student, faculty and staff photo ID badges
  • School visitor ID badges
  • Access control
  • Registration processes and record keeping
  • Meal plan programs
  • Library checkout processes
  • Equipment checkout
  • Activity and event access
  • Fundraising activities
  • Student debit card programs
  • Making payments for printing, copying, vending machine purchases and other services