Next Steps


Application Next Steps

1. Complete Your Application

2. Check Your Application Status

  • Check your application status any time at MyNIU.  If something is missing from your application, you'll see it in your checklist.  Be sure to submit it ASAP to get an admission decision.
    • Log in to MyNIU with your Z-ID and password. After submitting your application, you will receive an email that includes your Z-ID (This is different from the ID and password for your application.) You can also contact the DoIT (Division of Information Technology) Service Desk at 815-753-8100 Monday - Friday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. for help with your Z-ID.
    • An initial password is assigned to you when your account is created. It is good for only 5 logins.

      Initial password format:
      Your birth date in NIU.YYYYMmmDD format

      (Mmm is the first 3 characters of the Month
      Example: January 1, 1993 = NIU.1993Jan01)

    • Change your initial password before it expires at You can reset your password at any time.
      Passwords expire every 365 days.

    • Forgot your password? You can reset your password at any time at if you set up security questions. If you have not set up your security questions or don’t remember the answers to your security questions, call the IT Service Desk at  815-753-8100 Monday - Friday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. for help.

  • Once all your required documents and application are received, an admission decision usually takes two weeks.

Admitted Student Next Steps

1. Accept Your Admission

  • Once you're admitted, you should accept your admission through your MyNIU account in order to reserve your spot.

2. Sign Up for Orientation

  • It's required for all new students to attend orientation.
  • You can sign up for orientation through your MyNIU account.
  • The earlier you apply for orientation, the sooner you'll get to choose your orientation date which can give you the best choice of dates and class schedule.

3. Apply for Scholarships

  • Although some scholarships are automatically based off of your application for admission (if received before December 1), additional scholarships are available through the NIU Scholarship Finder and may be available through your major department or college.

4. Apply for Financial Aid

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available starting October 1 and should be completed as early as possible to be eligible for the most aid possible.
  • Visit NIU's Financial Aid and Scholarship website for complete overview information and procedures.
  • NIU's FAFSA code is 001737.

5. Sign Up for Housing

  • Submit a Housing contract as early as possible. The earlier your application is in, the earlier you can choose your room.

6. Pick Your Room

  • Compare the halls so you know where you want to live.
  • Login on your room selection date and choose the room you wish to live in. You and your roommate can sign up together.

7. Register for Testing

  • Find out what placement tests are required or optional for you to take in your major.
  • Sign up to take placement tests before your orientation date.
  • Credit by examination may be gained through programs such as AP, CLEP, IB and DANTES.

8. Attend Orientation

  • It's required for all new students to attend orientation.
  • At orientation, you'll be introduced to life at NIU and register for your first classes. Check out our Themed Learning Communities.

9. Submit Required Immunization Records

10. Student Health Insurance

11. Check Your NIU Student Email Account

  • An email with login information will be sent to your preferred email address.
  • Your email uses the same Z-ID and password as your MyNIU account.
  • Be sure to check your email often. Important information including your housing and financial aid package will be sent there.