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Graduate Student-at-Large (Non-Degree Seeking)

Reply to Offer of Admission

Let us know if you plan to attend NEIU! This will help us prepare for your arrival and guide you through the important next steps. Access the “Intent to Enroll” button by logging into your applications portal at

  • Access your Application Status Portal
  • Scroll down to the Application Checklist
  • Click on Reply to Offer of Admission
  • Select your response to the admission offer
  • Submit your response

Set Up Your NEIUport Account

First, activate your account in NEIUport, the University’s secure online portal, so you can access information, your Nmail, online tools, services and more. Once activated, explore the Current Student tab in NEIUport to learn how to:

  • Check the status of financial aid awards (if applicable).
  • Look up, register, and pay for classes.
  • Locate forms and academic resources information.
  • Inform the University about changes to your contact information.
  • View your academic profile, unofficial transcript, and any holds on your account.
  • Check your end-of-semester grades.
  • Use the Degree Evaluation tool to model how your credits will count towards fulfilling the requirements for any undergraduate degree program at Northeastern Illinois University.

Nmail is your University-issued email account. You will be provided with your Nmail address during the NEIUport activation process. The password you create for NEIUport will be the same password you will use to log in to your Nmail account. 

Official University communications will be sent to your Nmail account. You will be responsible for reading and responding to these communications, so please be sure to check your Nmail daily.

N-Safe is the system the University uses to provide students, faculty and staff with security and school closure alerts. Sign up for N-Safe and choose how you'd like notifications to be sent to you – by email and/or text message.

After activating your NEIUport account, you can access additional University accounts and Student Computing Services (SCS) computer lab workstations at all Northeastern locations. Use your NETID/username and the password you created when you activate your NEIUport account to access the workstations and your other Northeastern online accounts.

Desire to Learn (D2L) is an online learning environment that houses syllabi, course materials and tools you will use for many of the courses you will take at Northeastern. D2L also enables you to communicate with the faculty members teaching your courses and your classmates. Familiarize yourself with D2L before your first day of classes.

Register for Classes

After meeting with your Graduate Advisor, peruse the class schedule and register for classes via NEIUport.

Provide immunization records

All students must provide documentation of immunization/vaccination history to Northeastern Illinois University Student Health Services. Instructions are available online. Discounted vaccinations and free immunization reviews are available at NEIU Student Health Services.

All students are required to provide documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or a COVID-19 vaccination exemption form to the NEIU Health Portal. Students who are approved for a COVID-19 vaccination exemption are required to submit weekly test results. Return to Campus-Student Information has further details. Additionally, proof of other routine immunizations must be submitted to NEIU Student Health Services. Instructions are available online.

Additional Information

Deferring Your Admission

To request a deferral of your application or admission for up to one year, please log into your application portal and complete the Deferment Request of Application or Admission Form.

NEIU is for you. Because our mission is you.

NEIU is committed to inclusion and access to higher education for all. Our NEIU For You scholarship breaks the financial barrier for incoming first-time, full-time freshmen and transfer students! We are making your college experience more affordable so that you spend more time studying, pursuing your passions and stepping forward into your future with confidence.

Learn more about the NEIU For You scholarship!

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Why Northeastern?

Here are six reasons why Northeastern is an excellent fit for you.


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We guarantee tuition rates for four consecutive years to continuously enrolled undergraduates. Students from Illinois’ neighboring states pay in-state tuition, as do active military duty students, veterans, their spouses, and their dependent children.


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We offer classes on weekdays, evenings, weekends, and online—and you can study abroad at more than 40 partner universities throughout the world, at Northeastern tuition rates.


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Our faculty will prepare you to think critically, adapt to change, solve problems, and become a leader in your chosen field—qualities employers seek.


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You will meet people from all walks of life at Northeastern, rated “one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation” by U.S. News & World Report.


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Northeastern’s Main Campus is on the Northwest Side of Chicago, with other locations in the city and beyond. Take advantage of our connections to explore the cultural and professional opportunities Chicago has to offer.


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Be among the first to live in Northeastern’s new residence hall, The Nest, located in the heart of the Main Campus. The apartment-style units are furnished and come with full-sized kitchens. Utilities are included.

Our Programs

Northeastern Illinois University offers more than 40 undergraduate degree and certificate programs and more than 50 graduate degree, certificate, licensure and endorsement programs. Find the one that is right for you.

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Hanan Almiladi-Lashley, Special Education and Educational Leadership master's graduate

“When I acquired my degree, I felt that I was fully prepared to take over in a classroom, teach, and be informed of best practices and the use of data to drive my instruction.”

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Diane Bou Khalil, Sociology graduate

“If anything, I’m more motivated now than I was as a freshman. I wouldn’t be where I am if it wasn’t for Northeastern.”

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Steve Deeloo, Finance major

"What I really love about Northeastern is the diversity. You can easily relate to other students. The ones you can’t relate to, you can learn from."

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Margo Odiko-Pim, ​Psychology major

“I learned a lot in class and out of class. My time at Northeastern was a constant learning process.”

Affordable Education

Northeastern guarantees your undergraduate tuition rate for four years. In 2022, we ranked No. 1 for “least debt” among Midwest regional universities by U.S. News and World Report. Our in-state tuition covers students from neighboring states, and military members including their dependent children.

2023-2024 In-state tuition and fees

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2023-2024 Out-of-state tuition and fees

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The tuition and fees shown are based the cost for two semesters, 12 credit hours per semester for undergraduate and 9 credit hours per semester for graduate. 

See the breakdown for detailed information.

Contact Us

From the historic Bronzeville neighborhood to the northern suburbs, Northeastern has locations throughout the Chicago area that are positioned to help you achieve your goals and make a lasting impact on our society. View our Enrollment Services Resource Guide.

Admissions Office

(773) 442-4050

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Money should not be a barrier to your pursuit of an excellent college education, and Northeastern is recognized for graduating students with some of the lowest debt totals in the nation. We guarantee our tuition rates for four consecutive years to continuously enrolled undergraduate students. Students from Illinois’ neighboring states pay in-state tuition, as do active military duty students, veterans, their spouses, and their dependent children. View our Enrollment Services resource guide.

Financial Aid

(773) 442-5016


(773) 442-4606

Student Employment

(773) 442-4696

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Students greatly increase their chances of academic success when they enroll in one of Northeastern’s Student Success programs. Take advantage of this opportunity to propel your academics and yourself on a path of achievements. 

Office of Student Success

(773) 442-5571

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The Nest is located in the heart of the Main Campus. The apartment-style units come fully furnished with full-size kitchens and utilities included.

The Nest Student Housing

(773) 442-4663

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