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 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 was founded on the principle that a quality education can transform lives, careers and communities.
  • Kendall College at National Louis University is the top culinary school in Chicago, where you can turn your dreams into an exciting career in Culinary Arts.

About

History

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.

Education

National Louis University offers more than 70 career-focused endorsement, certificate, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in Chicago and Florida in fields like education, business, psychology, hospitality management and culinary arts. 

Career

Preparing for a rewarding career is not just about creating your resume and practicing for an interview, it takes strategic mapping to assess careers of interests, key employers, and a means to connect to opportunities. The Career Bridge partners with students, alumni, and employers to build such strategies and bridges, hence the name. Connecting great people to great opportunities is what we love to do. Whether you are just beginning to think about your career plans or already have a plan in place, we are here to partner with you to see you reach your goals!

Services

Student services

The NLU Student Assembly serves as representative delegation of the student body and provides advice and guidance on policies that improve the student experience. In addition, the Assembly serves as student ambassadors on behalf on National Louis University at community, civic and municipal events, and provides leadership and service on behalf of students it represents.

Housing services

  • Located five blocks from campus, the University Center 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. Campus housing is located close to many forms of public transportation to get around the city with ease.
  • Each resident has a single bedroom within the shared apartment. All bedrooms come with a standard twin size bed (lofting option available), desk, chair and custom closet. 

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:

  • International students residing in the United States
  • Students enrolled in the Kendall College programs in Culinary Arts or Baking and Pastry enrolled in 6 quarters hours or more
  • Students living in on-campus 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.

Sports facilities

  • The Commons is perfect for taking a mid-day break or catching up on some homework. The Commons offers two large televisions for staying up to date on current events or playing Mario Cart with friends.
  • The Game Room is perfect for a small group of friends looking to shoot some pool or throw it back with some old school board games. 
  • The Fitness Center offers free weights, treadmills, elliptical trainers, standing weight machine, and stair climber. Mediation, Zumba, Yoga and Red Cross CRP classes are available in throught the NLU Fitness Center.

Student clubs

  • ALPFA 
  • The Black Student Union
  • DALE 312
  • Educator’s Rising
  • International Club
  • NLU Counseling Association
  • NLU Pride Club
  • NLU Science Club 
  • NLU Entrepreneur Club 
  • Sigma Gamma Rho 
  • SPO-School of Psychology Organization 
  • Student Engagement Club ‌‌

Accreditation

National Louis University (NLU) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six regional institutional accreditors recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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