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First Year Students

Congratulations on your admission as a first year student! Complete these six steps for a smooth transition into your first year of college at Northeastern Illinois University.

STEP 1: FINANCE YOUR COLLEGE EDUCATION

Northeastern Illinois University offers a tuition rate guarantee for undergraduate students continually enrolled for four consecutive years. In addition, in-state tuition rates are extended to undergraduate and graduate students admitted from the neighboring states of Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin. In-state tuition is also extended to veterans (and their spouses and dependents) and students on active military duty (and their spouses and dependents).

To determine your eligibility for federal and state student aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible, making sure to include Northeastern Illinois University school code 001693 on the application.

Research loan and scholarship opportunities and contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships Offices for more information on how to finance your education.

Financial Aid Office
Enrollment Services Center
Main Campus, D Building, Room 200
(773) 442-5016
financial-aid@neiu.edu

Scholarships Office
Enrollment Services Center
Main Campus, D Building, Room 200
(773) 442-4606
scholarships@neiu.edu

If you’re a veteran or on active military duty, you may be eligible for special benefits to help pay for college. Contact the Veterans Services Office to find out more.

Veterans Services
Admissions, Transfer and Veterans Services Center
Main Campus, D Building, Room 130
(773) 442-4028
veterans@neiu.edu

STEP 2: SET UP YOUR ONLINE ACCOUNTS

First, activate your account in NEIUport, the University’s secure online portal, so you can have access to information, 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.
  • look up required textbooks.
  • register your vehicle for parking on campus.
  • locate forms and academic resources information.
  • inform the University about changes to your contact information.
  • view your academic profile, your 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.

After activating your NEIUport account, you will be able to access additional University accounts, as well as Student Computing Services (SCS) computer lab workstations at all of Northeastern's locations. Use your NETID/username, along with the password you create when you activate your NEIUport account, to access the workstations and your other Northeastern online accounts.

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 for notifications to be sent to you -- by email, telephone and/or text message.

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.

STEP 3: SCHEDULE YOUR PLACEMENT TEST

First year students are required to take a placement test to determine your English and mathematics skill levels. Your test scores determine your eligibility for transition programs and which classes you will take during your first semester. Register* for your placement test today.

*Students participating in the El Centro Scholars ProgramProject Success and Proyecto Pa’Lante will register for placement tests during the first meeting of these programs.

If you have questions about the placement test, contact Testing Services.

STEP 4: REGISTER FOR ORIENTATION

You must take your placement test before you can attend Orientation. At the conclusion of your placement test, you will be prompted to select a date for your First Year Orientation. At orientation you will learn more about Northeastern, meet your Academic Advisor and register for classes. First Year Orientation is required, so register for the earliest available session to increase your chances of getting your preferred class schedule.

If you have questions about First Year Orientation, contact the Office of New Student and Family Programs.

STEP 5: EXPLORE LIVING OPTIONS

Although first year students aren’t required to live on our Main Campus, you can be among the first! Apply today to live in apartment-style units in our brand new residence hall, The Nest.

STEP 6: SUBMIT YOUR FINAL HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT

Make sure the Admissions Review and Processing Office receives your final high school transcript (with your graduation date) as soon as it’s available from your high school for smooth processing of your financial aid and registration. Your transcript should be sent to:

Northeastern Illinois University
Admissions Office
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60625-4699

To confirm whether your transcript is on file, contact the Admissions Review and Processing Office, located on the Main Campus, Building D, Room 113, at (773) 442-4000.

Transfer Students

Congratulations on your admission as a transfer student! Complete these six steps for a smooth transition to Northeastern Illinois University.

STEP 1: FINANCE YOUR COLLEGE EDUCATION

Northeastern Illinois University offers a tuition rate guarantee for undergraduate students continually enrolled for four consecutive years. In addition, in-state tuition rates are extended to undergraduate and graduate students admitted from the neighboring states of Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin. In-state tuition is also extended to veterans (and their spouses and dependents) and students on active military duty (and their spouses and dependents).

To determine your eligibility for federal and state student aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible, making sure to include Northeastern Illinois University school code 001693 on the application.

Research loan and scholarship opportunities and contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships Offices for more information on how to finance your education.

Financial Aid Office
Enrollment Services Center
Main Campus, D Building, Room 200
(773) 442-5016
financial-aid@neiu.edu

Scholarships Office
Enrollment Services Center
Main Campus, D Building, Room 200
(773) 442-4606
scholarships@neiu.edu

If you’re a veteran or on active military duty, you may be eligible for special benefits to help pay for college. Contact the Veterans Services Office to find out more.

Veterans Services
Admissions, Transfer and Veterans Services Center
Main Campus, D Building, Room 130
(773) 442-4028
veterans@neiu.edu

Please contact the Transfer Center with any questions you may have about your admission as a transfer student.

Transfer Center
Admissions, Transfer and Veterans Services Center
Main Campus, D Building, Room 130
(773) 442-4076
transfersteps@neiu.edu 

STEP 2: SET UP YOUR ONLINE ACCOUNTS

First, activate your account in NEIUport, the University’s secure online portal, so you can have access to information, 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.
  • look up required textbooks.
  • register your vehicle for parking on campus.
  • locate forms and academic resources information.
  • inform the University about changes to your contact information.
  • view your academic profile, your 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.

After activating your NEIUport account, you will be able to access additional University accounts, as well as Student Computing Services (SCS) computer lab workstations at all of Northeastern's locations. Use your NETID/username, along with the password you create when you activate your NEIUport account, to access the workstations and your other Northeastern online accounts.

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 for notifications to be sent to you -- by email, telephone and/or text message.

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.

STEP 3: MEET WITH YOUR ADVISOR

During your meeting with an Advisor, you will find out whether you need to take a placement test, learn about the degree requirements for our majors, learn how to use the degree evaluation tool and register for classes. View our Undergraduate Advisor Directory and locate the contact information for an Advisor in your intended major. Call today to schedule your appointment.

If you don’t have an intended major, you will meet with an Academic Advisor in the Advising Center, located on the Main Campus, Lech Walesa Hall, Room 0027. Advising is available Monday to Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Thursday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call the Advising Center at (773) 442-5470 if you have any questions.

STEP 4: REGISTER FOR ORIENTATION

Learn about Northeastern’s colleges, majors, resources and more. Meet faculty and receive your University ID. Students transferring fewer than 30 credits should register for First Year Orientation. All other transfer students should attend Transfer Orientation.

STEP 5: EXPLORE LIVING OPTIONS

Be among the first students to live in our brand new, apartment-style residence hall on the Main Campus. Apply today to live in The Nest.

STEP 6: SUBMIT YOUR FINAL COLLEGE TRANSCRIPT

Make sure the Admissions Review and Processing Office receives your final transcript (with a graduation date or degree line posted, if applicable) as soon as it’s available from the last college you attended for smooth processing of your financial aid and registration. Your transcript should be sent to:

Northeastern Illinois University
Admissions Office
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60625-4699

To confirm whether your transcript is on file, contact the Admissions Review and Processing Office, located on the Main Campus, Building D, Room 113, at (773) 442-4000.

Graduate Students in Master's, Certificate and Licensure Programs, and Graduate Students-at-Large

Congratulations on your admission to Northeastern Illinois University! Complete these steps for a smooth transition into your graduate studies.

STEP 1: FINANCE YOUR COLLEGE EDUCATION

Northeastern Illinois University offers in-state tuition rates to students admitted from the neighboring states of Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin. In-state tuition is also extended to veterans (and their spouses and dependents) and students on active military duty (and their spouses and dependents).

To determine your eligibility for federal and state student aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible, making sure to include Northeastern Illinois University school code 001693 on the application.

Visit our web page dedicated to financing your graduate education. Research loan and scholarship opportunities and contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships Offices for more information.

Please note that only students who have been admitted to a degree-granting program are eligible for federal and state student aid. Other admitted students, including Graduate Students-at-Large and students admitted to Certificate and stand-alone Endorsement programs, are not eligible for federal and state student aid. These students do not need to complete the FAFSA.

Financial Aid Office
Enrollment Services Center
Main Campus, D Building, Room 200
(773) 442-5016
financial-aid@neiu.edu

Scholarships Office
Enrollment Services Center
Main Campus, D Building, Room 200
(773) 442-4606
scholarships@neiu.edu

If you’re a veteran or on active military duty, you may be eligible for special benefits to help pay for college. Contact the Veterans Services Office to find out more.

Veterans Services
Admissions, Transfer and Veterans Services Center
Main Campus, D Building, Room 130
(773) 442-4028
veterans@neiu.edu

STEP 2: SET UP YOUR ONLINE ACCOUNTS

First, activate your account in NEIUport, the University’s secure online portal, so you can have access to information, 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.
  • look up required textbooks.
  • register your vehicle for parking on campus.
  • locate forms and academic resources information.
  • inform the University about changes to your contact information.
  • view your academic profile, your unofficial transcript and any holds on your account.
  • check your end-of-semester grades.

After activating your NEIUport account, you will be able to access additional University accounts, as well as Student Computing Services (SCS) computer lab workstations at all of Northeastern's locations. Use your NETID/username, along with the password you create when you activate your NEIUport account, to access the workstations and your other Northeastern online accounts.

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 for notifications to be sent to you -- by email, telephone and/or text message. 

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.

STEP 3: meet with Your advisor

Make an appointment with your Graduate Advisor to discuss the requirements of your academic program and your plan of study, and to ensure you select the most appropriate courses for your first semester. The name of your Graduate Advisor is indicated in your admission letter. You can locate your Advisor's contact details in Northeastern's online employee directory.

Graduate Students-at-Large are welcome to contact Graduate Advisors for information on courses offered.

Step 4: Register for classes

After meeting with your Graduate Advisor, peruse the class schedule and register for classes via NEIUport.

STEP 5: EXPLORE LIVING OPTIONS

In addition to the many Chicago neighborhoods, consider living in The Nest, Northeastern's brand new, apartment-style residence hall located on the Main Campus. Find out more and apply today.

Readmitted, Second Bachelor's and Undergraduate Students-at-Large

Congratulations on your readmission to Northeastern Illinois University, or on your admission as a Second Bachelor's student or Undergraduate Student-at-Large. Complete the following steps for a smooth transition into your studies at Northeastern Illinois University.

STEP 1: FINANCE YOUR COLLEGE EDUCATION

Northeastern Illinois University offers a tuition rate guarantee for undergraduate students continually enrolled for four consecutive years. In addition, in-state tuition rates are extended to undergraduate and graduate students admitted from the neighboring states of Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin. In-state tuition is also extended to veterans (and their spouses and dependents) and students on active military duty (and their spouses and dependents).

If you have been readmitted to Northeastern or you are seeking a second bachelor’s degree, you can determine your eligibility for federal and state student aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible, making sure to include Northeastern Illinois University school code 001693 on the application.

Research loan and scholarship opportunities and contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships Offices for more information on how to finance your education.

Please note that only students who have been admitted to a degree-granting program are eligible for federal and state student aid. Other admitted students, including Undergraduate Students-at-Large, Graduate Students-at-Large and students admitted to Certificate and stand-alone Endorsement programs, are not eligible for federal and state student aid. These students do not need to complete the FAFSA.

Financial Aid Office
Enrollment Services Center
Main Campus, D Building, Room 200
(773) 442-5016
financial-aid@neiu.edu

Scholarships Office
Enrollment Services Center
Main Campus, D Building, Room 200
(773) 442-4606
scholarships@neiu.edu

If you’re a veteran or on active military duty, you may be eligible for special benefits to help pay for college. Contact the Veterans Services Office to find out more.

Veterans Services
Admissions, Transfer and Veterans Services Center
Main Campus, D Building, Room 130
(773) 442-4028
veterans@neiu.edu

STEP 2: SET UP YOUR ONLINE ACCOUNTS

First, activate your account in NEIUport, the University’s secure online portal, so you can have access to information, 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.
  • look up required textbooks.
  • register your vehicle for parking on campus.
  • locate forms and academic resources information.
  • inform the University about changes to your contact information.
  • view your academic profile, your 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.

After activating your NEIUport account, you will be able to access additional University accounts, as well as Student Computing Services (SCS) computer lab workstations at all of Northeastern's locations. Use your NETID/username, along with the password you create when you activate your NEIUport account, to access the workstations and your other Northeastern online accounts.

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 for notifications to be sent to you -- by email, telephone and/or text message.

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.

STEP 3: MEET WITH YOUR ADVISOR

By meeting with Advisors, students in degree-granting programs can find out more about the degree requirements for our majors, learn how to use the degree evaluation tool and register for classes. View our Undergraduate Advisor Directory and locate the contact information for an Advisor in your intended major. Call today to schedule your appointment.

If you don’t have an intended major, you will meet with an Academic Advisor in the Advising Center, located on the Main Campus, Lech Walesa Hall, Room 0027. Advising is available Monday to Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Thursday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call the Advising Center at (773) 442-5470 if you have any questions.

Undergraduate Students-at-Large are welcome to contact Advisors for information on courses offered.

STEP 4: EXPLORE LIVING OPTIONS

Be among the first students to live in our brand new, apartment-style residence hall on the Main Campus. Apply today to live in The Nest.

STEP 5: SUBMIT YOUR FINAL COLLEGE TRANSCRIPT

Make sure the Admissions Review and Processing Office receives your final transcript (with a graduation date or degree line posted, if applicable) as soon as it’s available from the last college you attended for smooth processing of your financial aid and registration. Your transcript should be sent to:

Northeastern Illinois University
Admissions Office
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60625-4699

To confirm whether your transcript is on file, contact the Admissions Review and Processing Office, located on the Main Campus, Building D, Room 113, at (773) 442-4000.

Please note that Undergraduate Students-at-Large do not need to submit a final transcript.

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