National Louis University

National Louis University

A lot has changed in the past 130 years, but the mission of NLU remains the same: to provide a superior education that makes a difference. We serve more than 8,000 students at seven locations in Illinois and Florida. We work hard to improve schools and businesses through community partnerships and applied research.

Top reasons to study here

  • We are committed to providing the highest quality educational experience and administrative service to each student.
  • The NLU community and its educational philosophy are built on a high regard for the cultures, backgrounds, experiences and dignity of each person.
  • We are committed to fostering a love of learning and intellectual inquiry in all its forms.



In 1886, National Louis University began as a radical idea for its time: a college to train women as kindergarten teachers. Our visionary founder, Elizabeth Harrison, believed that the future prosperity of a community began with the education of its youngest children. She also believed that teaching was a noble and difficult profession that demanded a college degree.


National Louis University is one of the oldest and most progressive universities in Chicago. We offer more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs through four colleges: the National College of Education, the College of Professional Studies and Advancement, the Kendall College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management and the Undergraduate College. 

We are one of the most diverse universities in the Midwest, helping students of all ages and backgrounds achieve their personal and professional goals.


National Louis University is a private, non-profit, independent institution serving a diverse population of approximately 8,000 students from the baccalaureate to the doctoral level. As one of the nation's most innovative institutions of higher education, NLU prepares leaders — predominantly adult learners — to address tomorrow's challenges in the context of increasing globalization. 

We are always looking for those who share our mission in providing quality higher education through teaching, scholarship, community engagement and service excellence. Join our team of faculty and staff and help us create opportunities for our students.


Student services

At National Louis University, your success is our number one priority. The Academic Advising Center provides academic and career coaching for undergraduate students to ensure students meet graduation requirements and to establish career goals along their educational journey. We also provide advising services to graduate students to ensure graduating teachers meet state and degree requirements, assist with course registration for NCE and CPSA students and support students with getting connected to other NLU resources.

Housing services

National Louis provides a campus housing option steps from the Michigan Avenue campus at the Infinite.  Located two blocks from ‌ campus, the Infinite offers residents a unique living experience in a high-rise building located in the heart of Chicago – steps from the best the city has to offer – from summer festivals and year-round entertainment to great restaurants and shopping, and located close to many forms of public transportation to get around the city with ease. ‌‌

Library services

The University Library provides access to high quality resources and enriches the critical and intellectual inquiry of students, educators, and researchers through engaged teaching and scholarship.

Medical services

National Louis University is committed to the health and welfare of all its students and, consequently, all students in the following programs are required to obtain health insurance:

  • Any student enrolled in an academic program in the Kendall College of Culinary and Hospitality at National Louis University taking 6 or more quarter hours
  • Any student living in university housing

Student Life

Campus life

NLU’s Chicago campus on Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

The second floor, which houses student services and administrative offices, includes a Tiffany ceiling in the large atrium that is used for conferences, workshops and seminars. 

The campus includes 36 classrooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, two language labs, conference rooms and a state-of-the-art training center with an auditorium that seats 150.

Student clubs

There are many active student organizations at National Louis University that provide opportunities for students to grow as leaders, engage in professional development, explore a variety of cultural experiences and pursue a variety of non-academic interests.

  • Basketball Club
  • Black Student Union
  • National Louis University Economics Association
  • National Louis University Student Veterans of America Chapter (NLU SVA)
  • Sigma Beta Theta Co-ed Multicultural Fraternity
  • SPO- School of Psychology Organization
  • Student Engagement Club - Wheeling Campus


Assessment and Accreditation manages regional accreditation efforts with the Higher Learning Commission, state licensing and approval, and facilitates compliance with state and federal regulatory requirements. These processes and approvals are managed by the Director and Executive Director to provide guidance on matters of academic quality and continuous improvement for the university.

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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