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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.

Success Programs

First-year students greatly increase their chances of academic success when they enroll in one of Northeastern Illinois University’s Success Programs! Northeastern offers five success programs on the Main Campus—plus individual programs at the El Centro and Carruthers Center locations.

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Carruthers Center Scholars

(Offered only at the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies in the Bronzeville neighborhood)

The Carruthers Center, located in Chicago's historic Bronzeville neighborhood, takes pride in being an African-centered institution that provides educational opportunities within a culturally comfortable and easily accessible setting. The freshman cohort at Carruthers provides a supportive structure to ensure your successful transition to college. If you want something that is closer to home but still want to be part of a four-year institution, CCICS is a great option.

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College of Arts and Sciences Education Program

The College of Arts and Sciences Education Program (CASEP) helps freshmen decide—through targeted coursework, field experiences and thoughtful reflection—if teaching is the right career path for them. Students take general education courses that count toward any degree at Northeastern, so even if a student decides not to become a teacher, CASEP’s coursework allows them to pursue other academic paths.

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Creating Access to STEM for All

Creating Access to STEM for All (CASA) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education to support students in earning a bachelor’s degree and learning about science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) disciplines. Freshmen enter as a cohort and will take six interdisciplinary credit-bearing courses that fulfill general education requirements. After the first year, students have the opportunity to participate in a summer research residency to enhance their studies.

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El Centro Scholars

(Offered only at the El Centro location in the Avondale neighborhood)

Based at our El Centro location, El Centro Scholars offers freshmen a holistic college experience by creating a campus culture that enhances student learning, academic success, and leadership development through its cohort system. El Centro embraces students from all backgrounds and lived experiences—traditional and transfer students alike. If you want to be close to home but still experience a four-year institution located in the Avondale neighborhood, El Centro is a great option for you.

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Project Success

Established in 1968 as an educational access and equity program, the main focus is to recruit and retain African American students. Today, Project Success remains dedicated to access and equity for African American students, but also serves students of all races, ethnicities, nationalities and backgrounds by providing support services that help students build a strong academic and social foundation.

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Proyecto Pa’Lante

Started in 1972, Proyecto Pa’lante was established as an educational outreach program to promote college access for the Latino community, providing academic support services on campus. It currently provides a holistic approach to enhance student learning, intercultural competencies, and leadership development with a continued focus on Latinx culture and bilingual and bicultural support.

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TRIO Student Support Services

Since 2010, TRIO Student Support Services has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education to offer support to students who are income-eligible, first-generation, and/or have disabilities. Academic and social support is individualized and includes advising, tutoring, and financial and career planning. TRIO’s three programs (Achieve, Access and Teacher Prep) are designed to help students navigate the university experience, from understanding coursework to working with faculty and staff, to better prepare students for success at NEIU and beyond.

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Project Success helps so many students change their frame of mind from, ‘Oh, I could never do this, I would never be able to do this’ to ‘Oh, I got this! That’s what I’m going to be in the future.' It just builds our confidence and builds who we are as people.”