University of Minnesota
U Card Office

Photo Upload

*For Incoming Freshmen Students Only*

Photo Upload allows you to upload your photo and signature online prior to orientation. Your card will then be ready for you to pick up on day 2 of orientation, saving you time. Please have your photo and signature upload approved by the U Card Office at least two weeks prior to your orientation date to guarantee your U Card will be ready. We will notify you at your U of M email that your photo and signature have been accepted or if you will need to resubmit. Time from upload to approval/resubmission email can take 3-5 business days.

The U Card is your official University of Minnesota ID card and identifies you as a member of the University community. Your U Card will be part of your everyday life on campus and is used for building access, meal plans, charging your student account, using your Gopher GOLD™ account and more!

The uploaded photo will be on the front of your U Card and be used for identity purposes. The signature will appear on the back of the card and be used for verification purposes.

Photo and Signature Requirements:

Acceptable photos are:

  1. At least 600 pixels by 600 pixels or 2” x 2” (Square Image - No Rectangles!) at 300 DPI in JPEG format
  2. Image is in color without any added filters or effects
  3. Have a clear, unobstructed, front view of the full face and head. No hands can be touching the face or in the image.
  4. Of the student alone in normal street attire with no hats, sunglasses, hand symbols or pets in photo (religious head coverings are acceptable)
  5. Recent
  6. Taken with a plain background, free of patterns, objects, textures, etc.
  7. Cropped just above the top of head to collarbone. Remember to crop the image to be a square, not a rectangle.

Acceptable signatures are:

  1. At least 300 pixels tall by 900 pixels or 1” x 3” wide at 300 DPI
    in JPEG format
  2. Have a white background and signature in black ink (Use a Sharpie)
  3. Have your signature filling at least 80% of the image

We recommend that you sign your name on a white piece of paper with a blackSharpie and then take a photo of it to upload

See Below for Examples!


Photo Quality Standards: