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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.

Guaranteed Admission

Northeastern has signed agreements with community colleges in the Chicago area, which allow for admission to both the community college and Northeastern while enrolled at the community college.

The objective of the program is to engage transfer students as early as possible to better prepare for the transition to the University. 

Under the agreement, students have full access to Northestern’s offices of Enrollment Services, Academic Advising, Library, and Financial Aid while enrolled at the community college. Students must maintain continuous full-time or part-time enrollment in the community college with a 2.0 grade point average to remain eligible for the dual admission program.  

Guaranteed Admission Program Partnerships

Northeastern Illinois University has recently updated agreements with the following community colleges:

  • City Colleges of Chicago
  • College of Lake County
  • McHenry County College
  • Oakton Community College

Applying to the Guaranteed Admission Program

The earlier you apply to the program the earlier you will receive the benefits of the program. To participate in these guaranteed admission programs please complete the form for your school and return to the contact on the form:

City Colleges of Chicago Guaranteed and Dual Admission Application

College of Lake County Guaranteed Admission Program Participation Form



For College of Lake County, McHenry County College, and Oakton Community College students please apply prior to reaching 45 transfer credits to be eligible for the program.

Academic transcripts may also be collected if you wish to have them evaluated towards a specific degree.  This is helpful for strategic course planning at the community college that transfers into the specific degree requirements at NEIU.

Let us help you plan your future transfer now by participating in guaranteed admission!