Santa Clara University students will soon be stepping into the future to get into their dormitories or favorite dining halls.
Santa Clara University is one of six universities in the U.S. whose students will be able to use their student ID card on their iPhone or Apple Watch in the fall, Apple announced this week at its Worldwide Developers Conference.
The conversion will happen once Apple releases its newest iOS for the iPhone and watchOS for the Apple Watch.
For Santa Clara University students, they will be able to load their ACCESS student cards into Apple Wallet, which will be stored on an iPhone or Apple Watch. They will be able to use either device to gain access to facilities such as the library and dorms, pay for snacks, laundry and dinners, and enter campus events, according to campus spokesperson Deepa Arora.
“We look forward to providing this technology to students, faculty and staff to use on and around campus by the end of this calendar year,” said Arora.
Santa Clara University did not specify how many of its students own an iPhone or Apple Watch.
But for teenage students in the U.S. who are in high school or college, the iPhone is by far the most popular smartphone, according to asset management firm Piper Jaffray in April. About 84 percent of the more than 6,000 teenagers surveyed in the U.S. intended to buy an iPhone as their next phone, according to Piper Jaffray’s annual teenager study, the highest-ever percentage in its study history.
Apple announced the student ID feature yesterday at the tail end of a presentation about its upcoming watchOS 5 release.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday about the feature.
Santa Clara University is joined by five other universities in the endeavor: University of Oklahoma, University of Alabama, Temple University, Johns Hopkins University and Duke University — where Apple CEO Tim Cook received his MBA.
Apple Vice President of Technology Kevin Lynch said during the WWDC keynote that the feature will “expand to more universities over time.”