Student Z-ID & Password - NIU - Division of Information Technology



Accounts & Passwords

Your Student Z-ID & Password


All applicants and admitted students are assigned a Z-ID. It is permanent. 

Admitted students - look up your Z-ID:

  1. Go to the Directory
  2. Look up the name
  3. Select the name. A new window will open
  4. The Z-ID is the first part of the email address

Or call 815-753-8100 24 / 7 / 365.

Applicants: Call 815-753-8100 (24 / 7 / 365).


Your initial password

Your initial password is your birthdate in YYYYMmmDD format. It allows only 5 logins

  • Mmm is the first 3 characters of the Month.
  • Example: January 1, 1993 = 1993Jan01

Change your initial password before it expires at
Your password expires every 365 days. 

Change your password

You can change your password at any time at

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