Obtain a J-Card
The process for obtaining a J-Card varies between students, faculty and staff. Follow the steps below to obtain your J-Card.
Incoming First-Year Students
One of the first steps in the New Student Portal is to upload a color picture of yourself so your J-Card can be ready when you arrive for move-in.
When taking or selecting your photo, please keep the following guidelines in mind:
- Passport and graduation photos are ideal.
- Choose a plain, indoor background, as outside shots do not reproduce well on the card.
- Only the image of your head, neck, and shoulders will be printed on your J-Card, so if your head takes up too small a portion of the picture, it will be difficult to reproduce for your card.
- Do not wear sunglasses, hats, or hairstyles obscuring your eyes.
Once your photo has been uploaded, the J-Card Office will print your J-Card and deliver it to the Office of Housing and Dining Services, where it will be included in your Move-In/Key packet. If you have any trouble with the upload, please send an e-mail containing your JHED ID and attached picture to email@example.com.
New Students in Part-Time Programs
If you are enrolled in one of the following programs, follow these links for information on obtaining your J-Card:
- Advanced Academic Programs (Washington, D.C. campus)
- Carey Business School
- Engineering for Professionals
- School of Advanced International Studies (Washington, D.C. campus)
If you will be taking courses on the Homewood campus, you are welcome to stop by the J-Card Office to receive a J-Card, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. We are located at:
3400 N. Charles Street
51 Garland Hall
Baltimore, MD 21218
Online students may also request a J-Card if they desire.
Full-Time ASEN Graduate Students
Faculty and Staff
All full-time, part-time, and casual faculty and staff are eligible to receive a J-Card, which serves as the official University identification card. Once you have your Hopkins ID number, please visit the J-Card Office in Garland 51 to obtain your J-Card.
On the Homewood campus, your J-Card can provide access to the Milton S. Eisenhower Library, parking facilities, and the Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center. You can also deposit J-Cash to your card and take advantage of the convenient, cashless way to pay for your purchases on campus or at participating off-campus merchants.
Vendors, Contractors and Other Affiliates
Other Hopkins affiliates must obtain a sponsored JHED ID before they can receive a J-Card. Sponsored (“ad-hoc”) JHED IDs are requested through your Departmental JHED Administrator or HR representative and are granted at your department’s discretion. These IDs are valid for up to six months and can be extended if necessary.
J-Cards associated with sponsored JHED IDs come with the same privileges as Faculty and Staff cards, and your department can use it to grant access to campus buildings and other spaces.
Once you have your sponsored JHED ID, please visit the J-Card office at Garland 51 to pick up your J-Card.