Contactless student IDs on iPhone open to more universities

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More than 100,000 students will have access in the coming year.
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Apple is bringing contactless student IDs to more universities.

More than 100,000 students will get to enjoy the feature on iPhone and Apple Watch in the coming school year. The digital cards will allow access to dorms, lunch purchases, and more.

Apple first added support for contactless student IDs last October. Just three universities were support initially, but that number later rose to seven. Now 12 more have been added for the coming year.

Apple expands contactless ID support

These are the universities getting contactless ID support on iPhone and Apple Watch for the first time:

  • Clemson University
  • Georgetown University
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of Vermont
  • Arkansas State University
  • South Dakota State University
  • Norfolk State University
  • Louisburg College
  • University of North Alabama
  • Chowan University

The other seven universities already support are:

  • Duke University
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Alabama
  • Temple University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Marshall University
  • Mercer University

The expansion will mean more than 100,000 students have access to contactless ID support on Apple devices in the coming year, Apple says.

To make it possible, Apple is adding support for CBORD, Allegion, and HID — industry leaders for campus credentials and mobile access.

Contactless IDs a hit for students

Contactless student IDs are already a hit among iPhone and Apple Watch owners — despite the small number of universities support up until now.

“We’re happy to add to the growing number of schools that are making getting around campus easier than ever with iPhone and Apple Watch,” said Jennifer Bailey, Apple VP of Internet Services.

“We know students love this feature. Our university partners tell us that since launch, students across the country have purchased 1.25 million meals and opened more than 4 million doors across campuses by just tapping their iPhone and Apple Watch.”

To enjoy contactless ID support, students can easily add their card to the Wallet app by holding it near their iPhone or Apple Watch. Once set up, they never need to worry about losing a physical ID.