Welcome to NLU.
As a new student, we've compiled some helpful information to guide you through the preparations to begin your program at NLU. Below you'll find quick links to helpful tools and resources, as well as information that will help you set yourself up for success and a great first quarter. Good luck to you!
New Student Success
Engage in Orientation
All students will be enrolled in NLU 101. Our online orientation is added to every new student's Desire 2 Learn (D2L) account prior to the start of classes. This is an interactive course that provides students with the opportunity to learn about NLU, online tools, and learn how to use the online campus. All courses utilize this program even if it's a course that occurs on campus.
Order your Course Materials
Our NLU Online Bookstore, Ecampus, allows students to purchase 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. Chicago students may have books shipped to the Chicago campus for pickup on campus. 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.
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. Completing NLU 101 will help you acclimate to the NLU online learning environment. Undergraduate students can expect to have up to 10 hours of homework a week for a 5 QH class that meets for 10 weeks. Graduate students can expect to have up to 9 hours of homework a week for a 3 SH 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 ten days 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 24/7 at 866-813-1177 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 email@example.com.
NLU is launching Starfish, your student support network, in Summer 2014. Starfish is your one-stop place to:
- View and connect with your support network for the term, made up of your instructors, academic advisor, and other student service staff
- Schedule appointments with your advisor, tutoring, Career Development, and Student Finance
- View feedback from your instructors and any support they recommend to help you succeed in your coursework
Access Starfish in the NLU portal in the Student Services tab.
Student Support Services
NLU believes that student life, academic work, and professional studies are interrelated parts of the University experience. Students are encouraged to develop their skills and themselves as individuals both through the formal academic programs and through co-curricular opportunities. The Office of Student Experience connects you with other students, through programming, events, student clubs and volunteer opportunities. Stay connected with the energy and excitement surrounding the unique NLU student experience through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the NLU Blog.
- 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.
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 free online tutoring services through Smarthinking for a variety of subjects, including 24/7 math support and writing feedback.
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.
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 Offers 24/7 technical support for issues you might experience with Desire2Learn (D2L) or the NLU portal. When you need help, they are there to provide assistance.