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:
    • Go to and search for your name.
    • 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. For 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