Universities across the United States and Canada are adopting virtual student cards


Apple Wallet has supported contactless student cards from 2018, and three U.S. universities support this feature at startup. The program has been gradually expanding since then. Yesterday, the company announced that its virtual IDs will finally arrive in Canada this fall. An unspecified number of other U.S. universities are also adopting it for the first time.

The University of New Brunswick and Sheridan College are the first two Canadian schools to use Apple Wallet logos. The new U.S. list includes Auburn, the University of Northern Arizona, the University of Maine, and New Mexico State University, as well as “many other colleges across the country”. University of Alabama, one of the early adopters of the program, is also the first school to issue exclusively mobile student IDs (to students with valid devices) this fall. (Android phone users can access digital cards through Google Pay.)

Apple claims that “tens of thousands of students” will have the opportunity to use the feature in the coming school year.

On the campus of Duke University

Duke was one of the first universities to support virtual IDs in 2018.
Photo: Lance King / Getty Images

In theory, a virtual student card should offer all the features of a regular student card – holders can use limited campus areas or pay for amenities such as food and laundry by placing an iPhone or Apple Watch near a physical reader. Event history is not shared with Apple or stored on Apple servers.

The new student card format is part of Apple’s greater effort to expand Apple Wallet’s functionality. The application can also store hotel room keys With the release of iOS 15 and supports driver’s licenses and state codes.

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