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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.

Star Scholarship

The Star Scholarship Partnership is a scholarship program rewarding academic achievement. Northeastern is a partner institution in the Chicago Star Partnership and offers our Star Scholarship to those students who qualify.

Star Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible for the Star Scholarship you need to:

  • Be a Star Scholarship award winner enrolled at City Colleges of Chicago (CCC)
  • Submit the Star Scholarship Application to NEIU before the deadline:
    • Summer Deadline: April 1
    • Fall deadline: July 15
    • Spring Deadline: Dec. 1
  • Complete an Associates in Arts (A.A.) or Associates in Science (A.S.) Degree at CCC prior to starting at Northeastern with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Complete 30 semester hours per year at Northeastern
  • Declare a major at Northeastern
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA at Northeastern to be considered for renewal
  • Students must apply and be awarded the Star Scholarship their first semester in attendance at NEIU. They cannot attend NEIU and then apply for  the scholarship in subsequent semesters. 
  • Contact the Transfer Team for questions and details at or (773) 442-4076. 

Apply for the Star Scholarship

Apply for the Star Scholarship when you are ready to apply for admission to Northeastern.

Star Scholarship Application

The first thing to do is apply for admission. Once we have your admission application we can attach the Star Scholarship application. From there send your official transcripts to us. When those are received you are processed for admission. Once you are admitted you will have further discussions with the degree program adviser for the program you are applying for. When you have done that you will know the courses to register for. Once you have registered for all your courses the Star Scholarship will be awarded.