New NIU Account ID Activation and MyNIU Access for Applicants

Activating Your NIU AccountID

Once you submit your admission application to NIU, you need to activate the unique NIU Account ID (Z-ID) that we’ve created for you.

  1. Go to the NIU AccountIDs and Passwords Account Activation page. Please note, once you start the activation process, you must complete it within 30 minutes.
  2. Enter your AccountID, the personal email address you used to apply to NIU and your birthdate.
  3. If all the details match with our records, we’ll send an email to your personal email address with a link and token to reset your password.
  4. Choose a new password and setup multi-factor authentication (MFA) and self-service password reset (SSPR) for your account.

Accessing MyNIU

Once you’ve activated your AccountID, you’re ready to access MyNIU.

Go to and click on MyNIU Student System.

  1. Type in your AccountID (Z-ID) and password.
  2. To view the status of your application, click on the Admissions tile.
  3. To view your to-do list, click on the Tasks tile.


Feel free to contact the NIU DoIT Service Desk at 815-753-8100.

Contact Us

Office of Admissions
Williston Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115
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