Complete Access Control & Security Solutions for Your College Campus

Colleges and universities face the tremendous task of providing a safe and enriching environment in which students can learn and grow. Now, more than ever, campus security is critical to achieving this.

Access control, managing the flow of people, and space utilization of residence halls, academic buildings, and other common areas are issues that must be addressed. However, the core challenge is to create the right plan for the specific needs of each campus.

ASSA ABLOY works closely with college campuses of all sizes to understand your security needs and the complex challenges you face. We've created comprehensive solutions for cost-effective, forward-thinking campus security that also contribute to a sustainable, safe, and healthy learning environment.

We will work closely with you to optimize campus safety and security by finding the right curb to core solution for your campus’ unique challenges. Contact the access control and security specialists at ASSA ABLOY today to learn more about our unique student safety solutions.  

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Curb To Core Interior & Exterior Solutions

While campus access control and door security is highly critical understanding how to create a safer environment for students and faculty starts from the outside.  ASSA ABLOY’s curb to core solutions allow for the highest level of safety for all areas of your campus. 

From bollards and fencing, to specialized solutions designed for college campuses and more, we can work with you to design a complete security system to keep your school’s grounds safe inside and out.  Learn more about our campus specific solutions today.

Specialized Solutions for Colleges and Universities

Colleges and universities have a very diverse set of requirements across the many different environments on campus. Our specialized solutions are designed with these specific requirements in mind, to ensure a safe, secure and productive learning environment.

Credential Migration

The student campus ID card is as much a part of college life as textbooks, laptops and cramming for exams. Students use their card to get into their residence halls, buy meals, and take out library books. Migrating these credentials to increase functionality and security can be a large and disruptive process.

Next-generation ASSA ABLOY locking technology supports multiple credential types, offering a clear upgrade path for the entire campus. From mag stripe to smart card to mobile phone, this path enables upgrades as funding becomes available, without large disruption.

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Mobile Access

Multi-technology ASSA ABLOY locks provide flexibility to support emerging technologies such as mobile access. Mobile access, using the students’ cell phones, can replace or complement keys or cards in university environments across a variety of locations, including residence halls.

ASSA ABLOY Group brands offer a broad range of access control locks that support HID Mobile Access powered by Seos—a next generation credential technology that provides both best-in-class data and privacy protection and flexibility of use across multiple form factors and applications.

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Streamlining Package Delivery

Package delivery and the issue of package theft has become a growing concern that affects the experience students and faculty have on campus. As a result, cabinets and lockers for secure package delivery are becoming an increasingly valuable solution for campuses as an alternative to having packages left at residence hall entrances where they’re at risk of theft or misplacement.

Luxer One package lockers feature touchscreens and keyless access to provider greater security and peace of mind in package delivery centers.

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Managing Sound Transmission

In an education setting, acoustics are especially important. The transmission of sound from classrooms can disrupt the learning process or disturb faculty working in adjacent offices. In athletic facilities, it is equally important to control the sound coming from gymnasiums and athletic arenas. Performing arts schools have acoustic requirements that are critical to ensure focus and concentration within rehearsal rooms. In response to these challenges, weoffer doorway assemblies (doors, frames and gasketing) that achieve high sound transmission control ratings.

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Optimizing the Building Envelope

A college campus is a microcosm of the world. Each of the many different types of buildings—classrooms, labs, performance spaces, healthcare facilities, administrative offices, libraries, computer labs, athletic complexes, dining halls—may require different door opening solutions. Despite these challenges, there are certain needs that remain the same across all buildings.

Withstanding the Force

Local/federal codes and geography determine whether specialized door openings are needed to protect your facility against explosions and excessive force winds, even hurricanes and tornadoes.

ASSA ABLOY offers door opening assemblies that are third-party certified to meet blast, hurricane, windstorm and tornado resistance codes to ensure your campus will continue normal operations and serve the community in an explosive or weather-related crisis.

Designing Interior Spaces to Aid Learning

We understand that creating a safe and secure learning environment is one of the highest priorities for campus security professionals and administrators. Our solutions are designed to support these critical goals while addressing the specific needs of each space.

Managing Access

The sheer number of use cases across the interiors of a college campus can be daunting. ASSA ABLOY offers a broad range of access control solutions to meet each one:

  • User-friendly, IP-enabled solutions utilize open standard network infrastructure to provide advanced security and easier, more cost-effective installations with easy migration paths to higher security credentials.
    • WiFi locks are ideal for door dense environments like residence halls, where it would be difficult to install wired locks. Learn more
    • PoE locks take advantage of the existing Local Area Network (LAN) for both power and data, to streamline the installation process, reduce costs, and enable real-time communication. Learn more
  • Aperio® real-time wireless technology offers the flexibility to expand access control to almost any application, including protecting cabinets, lockers, drawers and even server cabinets to control and monitor access to sensitive records or documents, pharmaceuticals, valuable materials, mailroom lockers, bicycle storage, network equipment, and more. Learn more

Elevating Sustainability

Every component of today’s campus should contribute to a safe and healthy learning environment. Many ASSA ABLOY Group products contribute to human health and the bottom line. Products are designed to be better for the building occupants, while reducing the footprint of the building itself. Documents like EPDs, HPDs, and Declare labels help to promote transparent research of building materials. In addition, energy savings case studies confirm the role of electrified products and exterior envelope solutions. All work together to support even the most progressive building certification programs known to the industry.

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Advancing Aesthetics

Although safety and security are the primary concerns for door opening solutions, aesthetics are absolutely essential in creating an environment that is not only conducive to learning but also creates a sense of comfort on campus. Offering the perfect combination of form and function, ASSA ABLOY Group brands have the industry’s most impressive line of decorative doors, frames and architectural hardware.


Careful selection of doors, frames and architectural hardware will allow you to satisfy your institution’s security and  convenience requirements while also enhancing the learning environment.

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Creating Bright, Productive Spaces

An important consideration in the livability of a building, daylighting is the process of bringing natural light and direct sunlight in through windows, skylights and interior glass. Gone are the days of uninviting, fluorescent-lit classrooms. Exposure to natural light helps improve health, happiness, productivity and well-being—all while decreasing total building energy costs by almost a third.

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Prioritizing Safety and Security

An unfortunate reality on today’s campuses is the possibility of an active shooter event. Our attack resistant door opening has been tested and certified to withstand the most brutal attempts at intrusion for over four minutes, giving occupants enough time to seek safety until first responders arrive.

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Classroom Safety: Protecting Students, Faculty and Staff

Sadly, the past two decades have seen the need to protect students during active shooter events, making classroom security upgrades a high priority for many campuses.

Many schools are still outfitted with openings that are not capable of providing the type of protection imperative to a safe classroom environment. For instance, devices that wedge doors shut from the inside are marketed as add-on safety devices, but in reality, they violate fire and life safety codes, provide a false sense of security and reduce the perceived need for appropriate security solutions.

The best security solutions: 

  • Provide for free egress in the event of a fire or similar emergency
  • Allow access for police and emergency personnel
  • Ensure access to safe areas for students and faculty

In cases where school officials determine that lockdowns are the best method, ASSA ABLOY has multiple solutions to facilitate a safe lockdown without dangerous secondary locking devices. These secondary locking devices that jam, wedge, bar or barricade doors in place don’t just violate code, they make doors much more dangerous. In the event of an emergency, they could accidentally shutter a needed means of escape. They also allow for individuals to barricade themselves in a room that is no longer accessible by key—stopping staff or first responders from being able to de-escalate a situation. Conversely, rigorously tested ASSA ABLOY attack-resistant openings are an integral part of a school security solution that ensures a safe learning environment without violating compliance codes or creating problematic secondary safety issues.

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Controlling Entry and Exit at the Perimeter

Campuses must strike a balance between creating an open and attractive environment and ensuring the safety and security of students, faculty and staff. This starts at the perimeter and can be accomplished with the right solutions. 

Defining the Perimeter

With the right fencing in place, campuses can direct students, personnel and visitors to designated entry and exit points. At these entrances and guard shacks, universities can facilitate access in several ways:

Managing Traffic Flow

Campuses must manage traffic flow as needed for events and even everyday activities as pathway access shifts. Security bollards are ideal not only for the perimeter but also for managing pedestrian and vehicle traffic flow.

For barrier and bollard solutions, visit Ameristar Security

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