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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 neiu.edu/apply:

  • 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.

Interpreting Your Test Scores

Placement test results will be available at the conclusion of the test in the form of a report. You can print out your score report when you take the test and you'll also receive an email with a link to the report, which you'll be able to access at any time. You and your advisor will have access to this score via NEIUport within 1-3 business days.

Accessing Your Results via NEIUport

  1. Log in to NEIUport
  2. Click the Current Student tab
  3. In the Registration Tools channel, click “View Test Scores”

Score/Placement Test

ACT

SAT

Courses you may enroll in

200-236 on Accuplacer Quant. Reasoning, Algebra, Statistics

≤ 16

≤ 450

Math 090 - Elementary Algebra
Math 111A/011A - Stretch I: Statistics in Daily Life
Math 148A/048A - Stretch I: Math for Elementary Teachers I

237-249 on Accuplacer Quant.Reasoning, Algebra, Statistics

17-18

460-490

Math 091 - Intermediate Algebra I
Math 111A/011A - Stretch I: Statistics in Daily Life
Math 148A/048A - Stretch I: Math for Elementary Teachers I

200-235 on Accuplacer Adv.Algebra and Functions

19-21

500-520

Math 092 - Intermediate Algebra II
Math 111A/011A - Stretch I: Statistics in Daily Life
Math 148A/048A - Stretch I: Math for Elementary Teachers I
Math 173C/092C - College Algebra Express I and II

236-249 on Accuplacer Adv.Algebra and Functions

22-24

530-570

See College Level I course list below

250-275 on Accuplacer Adv.Algebra and Functions

25-27

580-630

See College Level II course list below

276-300 on Accuplacer Adv.Algebra and Functions

28+

640+

Calculus I

** If you are a continuing student or transfer student not attending Orientation, please see an advisor to help you choose a course appropriate for your major.

College Level I Courses

  • MATH 112, Statistics in Daily Life
  • MATH 113, Quantitative Reasoning  
  • MATH 149, Math for Elementary Teachers I  
  • MATH 163, Mathematical Modeling with Elementary Functions: Business
  • MATH 173, College Algebra   
  • MATH 175, Trigonometry

College Level II Courses

  • MATH 165, Finite Mathematics  
  • MATH 167, Business Calculus  
  • MATH 185, Pre-calculus      

Placement by Transitional Math

If you completed a state approved Quantitative transitional math course with a grade of C or better you may enroll in Math 112 or Math 113.

If you completed a state approved STEM transitional math course with a grade of C or better you may enroll in Math 112, 113, 149, 163, or 173.

Your advisor will help you determine your placement and choose the course that is right for you.

English (Reading and Writing) Placement

We want to place you in courses that will help you build on the reading and writing skills you already have so that you can succeed at NEIU and beyond. 
 
STEP ONE: All new international students must take the Accuplacer Reading and Writing placement tests. All first year students with a high school GPA below 3.25 who have not taken and passed a college level English course must take the Reading and Writing placement tests. All new transfer students who have not taken and passed a college level English course must take the Reading and Writing placement tests.

Placement Scores

Writing

WriterPlacer Score

Course placement...

 

0-2

ELP 096

Must complete Step Two below

3-4

ELP 098/ENGL 101

Must complete Step Two below

5-8

ENGL 101

 

Reading

Accuplacer Reading Score

Course placement...

 

236 and below

READ 096

Must complete Step Two below

237-249

READ 097

Must complete Step Two below

250 and above

No reading course

 

STEP TWO: After students take the Accuplacer Reading and WritePlacer tests, those who place into any ELP or READ course must take the Reading and Writing Placement Survey. The survey (including essay question) will take at least 30 minutes to complete. Taking this survey may improve your reading and/or writing placement. Results will be available 5-7 days after you complete the survey.

English - Reading and Writing Placement Survey

NEIU Writing Placement

Test Score          Course
1, 2                      ELP 096   
3                          ELP 098 & ENGL 101  
4                          English 101

NEIU Reading Placement

Test Score         Course                   
1                         READ 096
2                         READ 097
3                         No Reading Course 

What does my writing placement mean?

ENGL 101: You will be in a  first-year composition class, without additional formal support.  Over the course of the term, you will write several essays, learn about peer-reviewing, and start to incorporate reading into your writing. ENGL 101 is required for many courses in different majors. ENGL 101 counts for college credit. 
ELP 098/ENGL 101: You will be in an English 101 class but will have an additional section that gives more individual instruction for parts of the course that you find difficult. Some students just need a little more time and a little more practice with different kinds of writing and the combined ENGL 101 and ELP 098 really helps students develop those skills. Note ELP 098 does not count for college credit. 
ELP 096: You will be in a pre-composition class. You will work on your sentence structure, paragraph organization, and adding details into sentences, paragraphs, and essays. ELP 096 does not count for college credit.

What does my reading placement mean?

READ 097: You will be in a reading skills course. You will learn strategic reading and study methods that will help you succeed in your classes. You will also practice organizing textbook information such as annotation and outlining.  
READ 096: You will be in a reading and study skills course. You will work on identifying main ideas and supporting information in paragraphs, short essays, and articles. You will also practice drawing conclusions from what you have read. 
 

Students can place into a math course based on their ACT or SAT math score.

Students can also be exempt from taking the reading portion of the test with an ACT score of 20 or higher or an Evidence Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) SAT score of 480 or higher.

Note that there is no ACT/SAT equivalence for the writing portion of the test.

Please locate your ACT or SAT math score to find your beginning math course(s).
Also note that by taking the math portion of the test, your advisor will take the better of the two results.  So it is recommended to take the math portion of the test unless your ACT/SAT score places you into Calculus I (the highest possible placement).

DEVELOPMENTAL LEVEL COURSES

  • MATH ACT Score 16 or less  / MATH SAT Score of 450 or less places in MATH Dev 090, Elementary Algebra
  • MATH ACT Score 17-18  / MATH SAT Score 460-490 places in MATH Dev 091, Intermediate Algebra I
  • MATH ACT Score 19-21 / MATH SAT Score 500-520 places in MATH Dev 092, Intermediate Algebra II

COLLEGE LEVEL I

MATH ACT Score 22-24 / MATH SAT Score 530-570, choose from:

  • MATH 112, Statistics in Daily Life
  • MATH 113, Quantitative Reasoning
  • MATH 149, Math for Elementary Teachers I
  • MATH 163, MATH Modeling w/ Elementary Functions: Business
  • MATH 173, College Algebra
  • MATH 175, Trigonometry

COLLEGE LEVEL II

MATH ACT Score: 25-27 / MATH SAT Score 580-630, choose from:

  • MATH 165, Finite Mathematics
  • MATH 167, Business Calculus
  • MATH 185, Pre-calculus

CALCULUS

  • MATH ACT Score 28 or higher  / MATH SAT Score 640 or higher places in MATH 187, Calculus I