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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.