New Students - Getting Started

Your Z-ID and Password

Your Z-ID

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

If you don't know your Z-ID:

Applicants and admitted students: Call 815-753-8100 (24/7/365)

Enrolled students

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

Or call 815-753-8100 (24/7/365).

Your password

An initial password is assigned to you. It expires after 5 uses.

It is recommended that you change your initial password first thing at

The new password you set will be valid for 365 days.

Your initial password is:

  • Your birthdate in NIU.YYYYMmmDD format
    • Mmm is the first 3 characters of the Month with the first letter capitalized
    • Example: January 1, 1994 = NIU.1994Jan01

Accounts created before June 29, 2015, have a different initial password format:

  • Your birthdate in YYYYMmmDD format
    • Mmm is the first 3 characters of the Month
    • Example: January 1, 1994 = 1994Jan01

If you need help, call the Helpdesk at 815-753-8100.

Change your password any time

You can change your password any time at

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