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 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 only 5 uses, so change it immediately at password.niu.edu.

The new password you choose will expire after 365 days.

Your NIU student email address

Z-ID@students.niu.edu

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

View NIU mail on the web at webmail.students.niu.edu.

Check MyNIU for:

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

Technology Resources
for Students

Including:

  • AnwherePrints
  • Blackboard
  • Lynda.com
  • MyNIU
  • Office 365