Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

  1. What is the purpose of the Academic Advising Center?
  2. Why do I need an academic adviser?
  3. How do I get an appointment with my academic advisor?
  4. How often should I meet with my advisor?
  5. What is my Z-ID number?
  6. Why do I have an NIU e-mail address?
  7. I forgot how to access my NIU email. What should I do?

1. What is the purpose of the Academic Advising Center?
The Academic Advising Center provides a variety of services to help students achieve their personal, academic, and career goals at Northern Illinois University.

We advise students as they develop meaningful academic plans compatible with their educational and life goals. Our academic advising focus is on "deciding" students, students seeking alternative majors, and students reassessing their current academic situation.

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2. Why do I need an academic adviser?
Academic Advisors assist you in formulating a successful academic program that helps you translate your goals, interests, and life plans into an effective educational and NIU experience. Academic Advisors also help you understand and navigate academic requirements, polices, and procedures and can help with course selection.

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3. How do I get an appointment with an academic advisor?
If you are "undecided – any college", or a student reassessing your academic goals, you should contact the Academic Advising Center (815-753-2573) in Academic Advising Center Building to meet with an academic advisor.
If you have decided on a major, you should visit the academic advisors that are housed in your major’s
college or academic department.

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4. How often should I meet with my advisor?
You should meet regularly with your advisor in order to build an effective advising relationship. You are always welcome to meet with your advisor anytime during the semester, but you must meet with your advisor if you are on academic probation in the current semester. Remember that during peak times (i.e. registration) advisors will be very busy, so it is a good idea to plan ahead and get in early.

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5. What is my Z-ID?
You are assigned a LogonID when you first register at NIU. Your LogonID looks like z954321. This identifier is permanent and identifies you for access to computing and communications services on campus such as software applications on file servers, computers in ITS and ResTech computer labs, NIU e-mail, MyNIU, your network storage space (H: drive), printers, dial-in services, Blackboard, and wireless network connections at selected sites on the DeKalb campus.

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6. Why do I have an NIU e-mail address?
When you were admitted at NIU, you were assigned a Z-ID Number, and an email account that is your Z-ID followed by @students.niu.edu. Official correspondence of the University, Blackboard, and other sites at NIU will send all their email to that account (regardless of whether or not you have another email account). As a new student, you can choose to use your student email account as your “primary” email address. However, if you use another service (such as Yahoo, AOL, or NIU Groupwise), it is critical that you update your student email account to forward to that preferred account. To learn more about your student email account, i.e. set-up, forwarding, etc..., go to the ITS E-Mail page.

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7. I forgot how to access my NIU email. What should I do?
Contact the ITS Customer Support Center at 815-753-8100 or visit their helpdesk.

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