Student Resources

View the resources available below for all NLU students.

Student Services - Learning


New Student Orientation

New student orientations are presented by the Office of Student Experience and geared towards undergraduate students. Graduate students in the Master's of Teaching programs are enrolled in a separate online orientation prior to the start of class.

View the Summer Orientation Webinar here.

An on-campus Orientation Fair will be held at the Chicago campus on Saturday, September 13th from 9am-2pm. More information to come soon.

NLU Online Bookstore

At Ecampus, you can purchase your books and any NLU apparel every term. The bookstore officially opens four weeks before the term starts and is a one-stop shopping experience where you can use NLU book advances/vouchers and save on used and marketplace books. Starting Fall 2013, you can have books shipped to the Chicago campus for pickup too. On-campus buy backs are offered three times a year after the Fall, Winter and Spring terms at the Chicago, North Shore, Wheeling and Lisle campuses.

Click here to view Book Order Instructions.

NLU Student Portal

The NLU portal provides students, faculty and administrative staff with world-class Intranet and Internet services. This is where you can check e-mail, register for courses if you’re a graduate student, login to your Desire2Learn (D2L) course, view your term schedule, view your transcript and evaluation, access the NLU library catalogs and Smarthinking, and explore Career Beam and Hire NLU.

Every student is assigned an NLU ID# at the time of admission or registration along with a portal username and generic password. Your academic advisor can supply you with your portal username if you need assistance. If you need to reset your password, you can call the OIT Help Desk at 866-813-1177 or email

Click here to view instructions on Accessing Your Degree Evaluation.

Online Course Success

Online courses are an accessible and flexible way for students to fulfill degree requirements. Employers are also looking for technically savvy prospects who can demonstrate these competencies: robust written and verbal skills, solid time management skills and self-direction. Online courses can help you strengthen these attributes. The Online Course Orientation sets expectations regarding time commitment, computer and technical knowledge and best practices to be successful in an online course. Students can expect to have up to 10 hours of homework a week for a 5 QH class that meets for 10 weeks. An accelerated course will have more face time and homework each week depending on the length of the class.

NLU uses Desire2Learn (D2L) as our online learning management system. Classes should be accessible on the home page of D2L up to two weeks before the start date. Once you click on the "NLU Online Campus" link, found on the My Courses tab of the portal, you will be taken directly to D2L where you will see a list of your courses under the My Courses heading. If you course is not listed there, it has not been activated by your instructor yet. If you have any questions about your enrollment in the class, please check back on the portal and view your course schedule under the My Services tab.

D2L online course tutorials can help you learn to navigate the online classroom. You can also use the log in below to get familiar with D2L before you have full access. To access the demonstration course go to

Username: demostudent

Password: demostudent

Contact the OIT Help Desk at 866-813-1177 or email if you have trouble accessing your course.


Understand Technical Requirements

Set Aside Dedicated Time

Log in Daily

Connect with Instructors for Help Early

Stay Organized


Library & Learning Support

NLU’s Learning Support can help you achieve academic success, whether you are learning new math concepts, submitting written assignments for your classes, or want to work on general study skills. You can make an appointment for in-person tutoring on campus, or log into the portal to take advantage of virtual tutoring services through Smarthinking.

A wealth of information is available to you at the NLU Library. Explore the Library Guides for general tutorials on using the library to conduct your research, including how to locate books and journals, and for recommendations specific to your program of study at NLU.


Student Finance

The Office of Student Finance at NLU can assist you to understand costs of your program and your financial aid options.  To receive financial aid, students must:

  • Complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) using the NLU school code 001733. 
  • Submit any additional required financial documentation.
  • Be admitted to an NLU program.
  • Be registered for classes.


Career Development

Whether you are getting ready for the professional world of work or changing your career, the Career Development Office at NLU can help. Access CareerBeam and Hire NLU through the NLU portal to develop your career planning strategy and get connected to employment opportunities. These virtual tools can help you get the most out of your career advising appointment.








    NLU’s Chicago campus on South 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.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

    5110 Eisenhower Boulevard Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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    NLU's Milwaukee campus has a proud history of serving graduate students in education in southeastern Wisconsin. Nearly one in five certified Wisconsin teachers looks to NLU for graduate education programs – more than any other university in the state. In addition to classrooms with high-tech media equipment, the campus offers a state-of-the-art computer lab with wireless Internet access and an extensive IDS research library.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    (414) 577.2658
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