Campus Card

Information for students, faculty and staff

The Campus Card is the official Rensselaer ID card and is an important aspect of daily campus life.  Members of the campus community must carry their Campus Card at all times and be prepared to present their Card at the request of any campus official.  Use of the Campus Card is governed by the Campus Card Terms & Conditions Agreement.

Where and how to use the Campus Card

  • Gain access to residence halls, various classrooms and labs, and athletic facilities.
  • Check out library materials.
  • Gain access to the dining halls and your meal plan funds (Please direct any questions regarding Meal Plans to Rensselaer Dining Services by calling 518-276-2018 or by sending an email to
  • Make purchases for goods and services wherever Flex Dollars or Rensselaer Advantage Dollars are accepted, such as dining halls, Student Union dining, Campus Cafés, Houston Field House concessions, campus beverage vending machines, Panera ® and Moe’s ® Southwest Grill.
  • Ride the CDTA (Capital District Transportation Authority) bus for free.

The Campus Card Office

Located in Room 1502 of the Rensselaer Student Union Building, the Campus Card Office is responsible for producing and distributing Campus Cards to all members of the campus community.  ID Card printing, RAD deposits or Campus Card payments can be made between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

What to do with your Campus ID Card - Leaving Rensselaer/Separations

If you are leaving Rensselaer, you are asked to return your Campus ID Card to our office so that you will not be charged for a replacement ID should you return to Rensselaer in any capacity.  Managers should either drop the cards off at our office during office hours, or send them via interoffice mail.