How to Access Your NIU Email

Your NIU email is the official way the university communicates information to you. Spend time each day reviewing any emails that you've received. 

Your NIU student email address is your Information about your newly created Z-ID was sent to the personal email account you used when you applied to NIU. If you haven’t yet, you’ll need to activate your NIU account ID.

Your email can be accessed through Microsoft Office 365

Download the Outlook app

You can download the Microsoft Outlook app for easy access to your NIIU email from your phone. Enable notifications so you'll be notified when you receive emails.

Apple App Store

Google Play Store

Multifactor Authentication

We use multifactor authentication (MFA) to keep your email secure. You'll use both your password and a code texted to your cell phone to log in. Download the Microsoft Authenticator app for free. Be prepared to provide a phone number as a means of authentication prior to login.


Aside from Outlook, your free access to Microsoft Office 365 provides access to applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more.

Need to Find Your AccountID (Z-ID) and Password?

Information about your newly created Z-ID and password was sent to the personal email account you used when you applied to NIU. 

If you don’t know your Z-ID, you can use the Find My Account ID tool on the NIU website.

  • Enter the email address you used to apply for admissions to NIU.
  • If the email entered can be matched to a MyNIU account, a message will be sent to your alternate (non-NIU) email address with your Z-ID as well as the initial password configuration needed to reset your password and securely register your NIU account.
  • You will need to activate the unique NIU Account ID (Z-ID) that has been created for you by going to the NIU AccountIDs and Passwords Account Activation page.

Contact Us

Office of Admissions
Williston Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115
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