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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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Placement Testing

Register for Placement Testing   

The Testing Center administers placement tests and/or accepts measures of readiness to help determine a student's starting courses. Incoming college students must take a test or submit their measures after they submit an application but before registering for classes and attending orientation. Students who still need to satisfy college readiness may take one or more academic preparation courses before starting credit courses.

Can placement tests be waived?

Many students may have evidence of college readiness that can exempt them from part or all of the placement process. Please read our placement methods page to learn more.

Students may submit any or all of the following if they are less than 5 years old*:

  • High SAT/ACT scores or transitional Math course may waive Math tests.

  • A cumulative, weighted GPA of 3.25 or higher for recent graduates of U.S. high schools waives the English test.

  • Transfer credit from other institutions.

  • Recent ACCUPLACER Next Gen Reading, Writeplacer, Quantitative or Advanced Math placement test scores from other institutions.


The Testing Center also accepts other measures that grant exemptions to the placement test. Students who qualify to waive the Math placement tests can still take the tests to try to place into a higher class.

*Official transcripts/scores must be submitted to NEIU Admissions (

If you aren't sure if you qualify to waive testing, contact Testing Services at or email your academic advisor.

How to take Placement Tests

You may take your Math and/or English placement tests at one of our 3 campuses or at home using your laptop (Google Chrome required).


Once you are registered, make sure you take advantage of our Placement Test Preparation resources so that you are ready on test day.