New Students: Getting Started

Your Z-ID and Password

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 look up their Z-ID:

  1. Go to and search for your name.
  2. Select your name and you'll see your Z-ID as the first part of your 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 only 5 uses, so change it immediately at

The new password you choose will expire after 365 days.

Your NIU student email address

Read your NIU email. It is the official way NIU administration and faculty communicate with you.

View NIU mail on the web at

Check MyNIU for:

  • your application status,
  • registration,
  • class schedule,
  • financial aid,
  • bills and payments, and more.

Technology Resources
for Students


  • AnwherePrints
  • Blackboard
  • MyNIU
  • Office 365