NIU AccountIDs and Passwords

Password reset for registered accounts:



Enter your AccountID here, for example: Z1234567 or A1234567


First Time Account Activation

First time applicants, enrolled students and current faculty/staff:

  1. Register Your Account (ZID@students.niu.edu or AccountID@mail.niu.edu)
  2. Change Your Password

Retirees, MyNIU Shared Access and Sponsored Accounts

Use the box above to change your password, set up security questions or reset a forgotten password (which can only be done after setting up security questions). 

Find My AccountID

All employees, applicants and admitted students are assigned unique and permanent AccountIDs. Student employees are issued a separate employee AccountID for all work-related duties. 

  • Active NIU employees can retrieve their AccountID by searching the NIU Directory.  
    • To view enrolled students AccountID, you must login to the  NIU Directory.
  • Student Applicants can retreive their AccounID by checking their inbox/junk at the email address used when applying. This email comes from IDManagement@niu.edu titled "Welcome to Northern Illinois University." 
    • If you do not have this email, contact the IT Service Desk at  ServiceDesk@niu.edu for assistance. 

Password Criteria

  • Be at least 10 characters and no more than 128 characters long.
  • Not include any part of your name or AccountID.
  • Must contain characters from three of the following five categories:
    • Uppercase characters of European languages (A through Z, with diacritic marks, Greek and Cyrillic characters)
    • Lowercase characters of European languages (a through z, sharp-s, with diacritic marks, Greek and Cyrillic characters)
    • Base 10 digits (0 through 9)
    • Nonalphanumeric characters: ~!@#$%^&*_-+=`|\(){}[]:;"'<>,.?/
    • Any Unicode character that is categorized as an alphabetic character but is not uppercase or lowercase. This includes Unicode characters from Asian languages

Confirm your current password.

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