National-Louis University

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School Overview

National Louis University (abbreviated and often referred to as NLU) is a privately owned and operated four-year university whose main campus is located in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to its Chicago campus, NLU has regional campuses through Illinois and in Beloit and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Tampa, Florida and Nowy Sacz, Poland. NLU offers both on-campus and online degrees programs for students unable to attend one of the university’s campus locations. NLU was founded in 1886 and was instrumental in the establishment of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and National Kindergarten Movement.

NLU has a total annual enrollment of roughly 6,600 students, most of which (5000) are post-graduate students. The university offers bachelor’s, master’s and certificate programs in a variety of professional and academic fields of study such as business, biology, computer science, education, English, heatlh science, psychology, social sciences and liberal arts, among others. All degrees and awards are provide through one of the university’s three academic colleges, which include the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Management and Business, and National College of Education.

National Louis University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to award undergraduate and graduate degrees.

General Information

Admission Office

122 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60603

(847) 947-5718

(800) 443-5522

Fax: (847) 465-5730

Contact: Ken Gilson

Director of Admissions & Registrar
Main Address

122 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60603

(847) 947-5718

Total undergrads: 1,749

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 5

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,701

Graduate enrollment: 5,307


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes
br>Regular application fee: $40
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 81%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B,C
Business Administration/Management B,C
Information Processing/Data Entry C

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Programming – Specific Applications C
Information Sciences/Systems B,C


Early Childhood Education B
Elementary Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Health System Administration B
Medical Radiologic Technology B
Respiratory Therapy B
Substance Abuse Counseling B,C

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Behavioral Sciences B
Biological/Physical Sciences B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Human Services B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Social Sciences – General B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

National Louis University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (800) 443-5522
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 122 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: No

Students & Programs

Student Population: 7,005
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 50%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 15 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 3,694 (53% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $11,010
Out-of-state Tuition: $11,010
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 92%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $8,472

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

National Louis University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at National Louis University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 641
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Education 83145
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 11
Health Professions and Related Programs 12
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Personal and Culinary Services 21
Psychology 4254
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 23
Social Sciences 3
Grand total 122223011

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at National Louis University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $11,010
Out-of-state $11,010
Books and supplies $0

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $12,096
Out-of-state $12,096

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 539 92%
Grant or scholarship aid 510 87% $8,472
Student loan aid 99 17% $4,416

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 2,355 77% $7,244
Federal student loans 1,307 43% $7,835

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for National Louis University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled National Louis University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 2,665 1,064 1,601
Percent admitted 100% 98% 98%
Percent admitted who enrolled 28% 27% 30%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

National Louis University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 7,005
Undergraduate enrollment 3,363
Graduate enrollment 3,642

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

National Louis University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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