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Division of Information Technology

New Students

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 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 right away at
Passwords expire every 365 days.

Change your password

You can change your password at any time at

Need help?  IT Helpdesk.

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