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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 https://d2l.nl.edu/
Contact the OIT Help Desk at 866-813-1177 or email email@example.com if you have trouble accessing your course.
**ADVISOR TIPS FOR ONLINE SUCCESS**
Understand Technical Requirements
Set Aside Dedicated Time
Log in Daily
Connect with Instructors for Help Early
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.
- 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.
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.