University of Minnesota
U Card Office
http://www.umn.edu/ucard/umtc
612-626-9900

Student Eligibility

Student Criteria to Obtain your U Card

Undergraduate, graduate and professional students must be admitted and/or registered for classes at the University of Minnesota.

Your status is based on current status, not future status or past status.

When you arrive to get your U Card, an acceptable form of ID must be presented. Acceptable forms on ID are listed on the Eligibility page.

There is a replacement fee for lost, damaged or stolen U Cards. This fee can be paid with cash, check, Gopher GOLD™ or by charging your University Student Account.


My Photo

Digital photos are taken as part of the card issuance process. A new photo will be taken for each U Card and each time a replacement U Card is issued for security purposes.

U Card photos must be an unobstructed, front view of the full face that is a representation of the true appearance of the card holder.

Photo must be taken in normal street attire without a hat or dark glasses.

No facial or hand gestures or foreign objects are to be included in the photo.



Orientation Students


Incoming 1st Year Students
After you've paid your confirmation fee and registered for orientation, you can upload a photo for your U Card at www.umn.edu/ucard/umtc/photoupload.html. If you do not upload your photo you will have your photo taken at Orientation. You will pick up your U Card on day 2 of your Orientation.

Please contact us if you have questions: ucard@umn.edu or 612-626-9900


Incoming Transfer Students
After you've paid your confirmation fee and registered for orientation, you can upload a photo for your U Card at www.umn.edu/ucard/umtc/photoupload.html. If you do not upload your photo you will have your photo taken at Orientation. You will pick up your U Card at your Orientation.

Transfer Students from U of M system campus locations will need to get a new University of Minnesota Twin Cities U Card.

Please contact us if you have questions: ucard@umn.edu or 612-626-9900


Incoming International Students
After you've paid your confirmation fee and registered for orientation, you can upload a photo for your U Card at www.umn.edu/ucard/umtc/photoupload.html. If you do not upload your photo you will have your photo taken at Orientation. You will pick up your U Card at your Orientation.

Please contact us if you have questions: ucard@umn.edu or 612-626-9900


Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Students
Prior to Orientation you can upload a photo for your U Card at www.umn.edu/ucard/umtc/photoupload.html. If you do not upload your photo you will have your photo taken at Orientation. You will pick up your U Card at your Orientation.

College in the Schools (CIS) Students
Please visit College in the Schools website and click on "For Students" to access the Student Handbook.