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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.

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Welcome to 2024 New Student Orientation!

Attending one orientation event on campus is required for all new freshmen and transfers. Before signing up for orientation, please "reply to your offer of admission" and reserve your spot, if you have not yet done that. You can respond to your offer of admission by logging into your application and scrolling to the middle/bottom of the page. If you have done it, you will see a green checkmark next to "Reply to Offer of Admission." If it is not done, you'll see a link to click and complete it. It costs nothing to reserve your spot, but orientation is reserved for students who have replied to the offer of admission.

For first-year students only, when you reply to your offer of admission, you are asked to select a success program. Success programs are no additional cost and provide mentorship which is designed to help you succeed and remain enrolled in good standing. If you would like to opt out, simply select the "general freshman program." To learn more about what success program might be the best fit for you, visit the Success Programs page.

Before you attend the orientation date you are about to select, you MUST complete the placement test requirement. Transfer students with an Associate’s Degree do not need to take placement tests, but most first-year and transfer students without an Associate’s Degree do need to take them. To find out if you need to take a placement test, please contact Testing Services at (773) 442-5293 or Transfer students may also contact or at (773) 442-4076

Otherwise, register for a no-cost placement test by visiting this site.

If you arrive at orientation, are required to take placement tests, and have not completed placement tests, you will not be able to complete orientation.

To proceed registering for orientation, please choose one of these options:

  • Wednesday, November 29, 2023 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 11, 2024 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

You may sign up for orientation now even if you have not completed placement tests, but please take the placement tests before orientation. You may come to NEIU's main campus, El Centro campus, or CCICS campus to take them or you may take them anywhere, even your home.

Placement tests are free for the student. If you'd like to re-take a test, there is a $10 cost per test to the student.

A $70 orientation fee will show up as a mandatory fee on new student billing statements, and students who qualify for financial aid can use their aid to cover the fee.