As a new student, you’ll quickly learn how important it is to have your SharkCard on you at all times. The Shark Card is an identification card that features a student’s name and photograph, NSU’s Shark logo, a student’s library card number and other identifying information like the ISO number and SmartChip used for vending purchases. With the SharkCard you’ll gain entrance to a variety of places around campus like parking areas, the library, the RecPlex, and the residence halls (if you live there). You’ll also be able to add money if needed to make purchases with your SharkCard for student necessities like food, photocopies, and library dues.
During orientation, you will be directed to the Campus Card Services Office to get your SharkCard on the first floor of the Don Taft University Center. The SharkCard serves as the primary source of identification for NSU’s students.
The “Lib #” is the library number used to print in any of the printing labs on campus. You will receive a $75 balance from a separate account. This $75 is set aside every year for NSU students as a printing credit. This money remains on the Shark-Cards throughout the year and any unused money at the end of the year is forfeited.
The SharkCard is also needed to check out books and movies from the library. There are machines located throughout the library to allow students to add money to their SharkCards. Students can deposit up to $99 on their cards to pay for library dues, vending machine purchases and copy machine fees.
All students who live in the Leo Goodwin Sr. Residence Hall and The Commons are required to enroll in NSU’s Declining Balance Meal Plan, which is a $1,200 declining balance used for the purchase of food. Any money left over from the fall semester rolls over to the winter semester. However, any money left at the end of the winter semester will be forfeited.
If you lose your SharkCard, it can be replaced for $25 at the Campus Card Services Office. Any declining balance money will be transferred from the old card to the new card. However, any money in the cash balance part or money that was added through the machines in the SharkCard will be lost.
If you have any holds on your account, your SharkCard will not allow you to check out library books, utilize the RecPlex, or add money to your declining meal plan balances. For more information, click here to contact the Campus Card Services Office or call them at (954) 262-8929.