New Students: Getting Started


Your Z-ID and Password

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

Applicants and admitted students who don't know their Z-ID must call 815-753-8100 (24/7/365)

Enrolled students can discover their Z-ID:

  1. Go to directory.niu.edu and search for your name.
  2. Select your name and you'll see your Z-ID as the first part of your @students.niu.edu email address.

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

Your initial password expires after 5 only uses, so change it immediately at password.niu.edu.

The new password you choose will expire after 365 days.


Your NIU student email address is powered by Google: Z-ID@students.niu.edu

Your email address is the official means by which NIU administration and faculty communicate with you.

You can view Gmail in a web browser (webmail.students.niu.edu) or on your mobile device

You can forward your NIU student email to your preferred account or use POP or IMAP  to your preferred account.


Check MyNIU for your application status, registration, class schedule, financial aid, payments and more.