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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.

Orientation FAQ

When will I participate in New Student Orientation?

The first in-person orientation will be offered in April. Each incoming student will attend only one of these sessions. Each orientation event will begin at 9:30 a.m. CDT and should conclude by 2:30 p.m. CDT on the same day. Lunch will be provided during the event.

How do I sign up for Orientation?

The list of dates for first-year students (and transfer students with less than 24 credits) is here. The list for transfer students (with 24+ credits) is here. You will choose a link that shows up on the bottom half of the page, log in when asked to do so, and then fill out the sign-up form.

What if I can’t make it on my assigned date?

Please email to request to be reassigned to another scheduled date that better fits your schedule. Please use the format "Your Name - Orientation Reschedule" for your email subject.

Is Orientation mandatory?

Yes. New Student Orientation is an essential part of transitioning to NEIU. The information shared before, during and after the session is critical to you having a successful start and career at NEIU. Consider this your formal introduction to all of the resources at your disposal and to the in’s and out’s of being an NEIU Golden Eagle.


Students must take placement tests (necessary for most first-year students) before orientation and students should meet with an advisor before orientation. That means you could have a class schedule without attending orientation, but orientation has other valuable parts to it. You will be responsible for connecting with financial aid, housing (if applicable), health office regarding immunizations, success programs (if applicable), the registrar's office regarding FERPA, NEIUport and making schedule modifications, submitting final official transcripts (if necessary), the student affairs office regarding getting plugged into campus, plus any other program you may be interested in (e.g. Greek life, student employment, parking and transportation, etc.)

So, if you do not come to the mandatory orientation, you will have to play catch-up at the start of the semester, and we'd rather you be able to focus on class and other good things that happen at the beginning of the school year.

Almost every college in the country expects their students to complete some new student tasks over the summer and NEIU is no different. Plan on coming to campus for a day during the spring or summer.

What will Orientation look like?

Orientation check in is at 9:00 a.m. so we encourage you to arrive at 9:00 a.m. You will be introduced to some VIPs at NEIU and receive instructions for the day. You will either confirm or complete the next step of your financial aid, to make sure you have enough and that it will arrive on time for you. You will receive instructions about health and immunizations in order to get the right steps done before the first day of class to prevent a registration hold. You will have an opportunity to have lunch and connect with other organizations and student groups at NEIU.

What do I need to do to prepare for the event?

All NEIU asks is that you complete math/English placement tests (if required) and meet with your advisor before orientation. You will be told by Admissions if you are required to do so. You may also contact Testing Services at (773) 442-5293 or

Do I need to download anything special in order to participate?



Each new student must submit a final official transcript before the first day of class. For new first-year students, a final official transcript will have all your Spring 2024 grades on them and a graduation date. For new transfer students, it would have your Spring 2023 grades on the transcripts.

We do require official transcripts, which means the transcripts must come directly from your school/college. There are two ways to do this:

  • The school can email the transcripts to NEIU at
  • The student can hand deliver the transcripts that are still in the sealed envelope.

Students do not need to bring anything to orientation, but if you'd like to bring a sealed envelope with your official transcripts inside, you can complete that step.

Is there a fee to participate in Orientation?

Yes, all enrolled students will be assessed a $70 mandatory orientation fee. If students have financial aid that covers tuition and fees, that includes the orientation fee.