At many colleges, students can access their student ID numbers by logging into their online accounts through their school's website. As of 2015, some colleges, such as University of South Dakota and University of Tennessee Knoxville, also issue student ID cards on which each student's number is printed.
Depending on the school, students may first receive their student ID numbers during the admissions process or at their freshman orientation. Students who are having difficulties locating their ID numbers may try contacting the school's information technology help desk for assistance in navigating their online accounts. Once they find the number, students should commit it to memory or write it down in an easily accessible location so they can provide it whenever necessary on campus.