OneCard is all you need

Your OneCard ID card is your campus identification card. The smart card technology of your OneCard ID, according to various building regulations, assures the safety and security of all on campus. It provides access to computer labs, sports and recreational facilities, the student union, library, parking ramp, campus events, various academic buildings and all residence halls. Please take a moment to read about the numerous uses of your OneCard listed below.

Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources

For everyone's protection, all borrowers must present a OneCard ID to check out materials at the Christopher Center. We advise you never to loan your OneCard ID to someone else or to check out materials for another person. You are responsible for all items checked out on your OneCard. A complete listing of building hours for the Christopher Center can be found at

Valparaiso University Book Store

Students can charge textbooks, course materials and over 800 different software packages to their VU student account. Your account can be viewed at anytime on Check the Bookstore website for information regarding textbooks and course materials at

University Mail Center: Package Tracking

The Package Tracking System is a program that enables the University Mail Center and Student Mail Service (SMS) to handle packages more efficiently for all. Once a package is scanned into the database, an email is sent to the addressee at their address. The email notifies you if the package is perishable, where to pick up the package, and the hours. To pick up your package, scan the bar code that is on the back of your OneCard ID at the University Mail Center in the Harre Union, and all pending packages will be brought to you.

Dining Meal Plan Accounts

Dining Dollars are used by card holders to purchase food items at campus dining services. All students living in residence halls who have completed fewer than six semesters are assigned a mandatory meal plan as part of their housing agreement. Students who are not assigned a meal plan as part of their housing agreement may buy an optional meal plan. Those students must choose and activate their meal plan on line at under the Meal plan buy-in header. The charges will then be posted to the student's account. For additional dining services and meal plan information please visit

Crusader Cash Account and Services

The Crusader Cash Account found on your OneCard ID can be utilized for various services on campus such as:

  • COPIES: Receive a discount for using Crusader Cash at the copy machines in both the Christopher Center and the Harre Union.
  • VENDING: Use your Crusader Cash in the vending machines in the Christopher Center—look for additional vending services added throughout campus during the school year.
  • HEALTH CENTER: The University Health Center accepts Crusader Cash for vaccinations, physicals and other health necessities as they arise. For more information, visit the Health Center’s website at
  • FITNESS CENTER: At the Fitness Center, not only will you need to swipe your OneCard ID to gain admittance, but you can also use your OneCard's Crusader Cash account to purchase additional exercise and certification classes, pay intramural fees, purchase Valpo athletic gear and various services provided by the Fitness Center. For more information please visit their website at

You can place monies on your Crusader Cash account in several different ways:

  • Cash can be added using the P.H.I.L. kiosk. These deposits are available for immediate use.
  • Cash or a check can be brought to the Cashier's Office in Kretzmann Hall. These funds are available the same day.
  • A credit or debit card can be used by calling 1-888-356-0350, choosing option 2 and following the automated instructions. Log on to DataVU, under Financial Information, choose "Make a credit card payment" or "Make an ACH payment," enter the desired amount in the Crusader Cash field. Allow 48-72 hours for all credit or debit card funds to be available.

OneCard Office Information

The OneCard Office is located on the second floor of the Christopher Center. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your OneCard ID, please contact the OneCard Office at (219) 464-5131 or the Information Technology Help Desk at (219) 464-5678. Please visit for office hours, availability, additional information and links on all OneCard services.