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A Message from the President

President Nivine Megahed Welcome to NLU, a university with a tradition of access, a proud history and a strong commitment to diversity, excellence and innovation. 
Our founder, the visionary social reformer Elizabeth Harrison, started our institution more than 130 years ago to train women of modest means to transform their home communities through the kindergarten movement. Thus began our mission of preparing talented individuals to lead wherever they come from and aspire to go.

Today, with the recent Transfer of Kendall College, National Louis has more than 8,200 current students and 70,000 living alumni elevating their professions and communities. With locations in the Chicago-area and Tampa, Florida, combined with Kendall’s well-established international network of students, NLU is positioned for greater local, national, and global impact.

NLU includes the National College of Education, the College of Professional Studies and Advancement, the Undergraduate College, and the Kendall College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management. Students can take advantage of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 60 fields including education, management, human services, counseling, public policy among others focused on developing leadership and community-mindedness in all its graduates. The addition of culinary arts, baking and pastry, and hospitality management expands the number of professional pathways students may pursue and allows us to prepare graduates for the globally thriving culinary and hospitality sector.

Our students inspire us every day with the passion and dedication they show for their academic goals, the professions they seek to join and lead, and their families and communities. NLU people make the most of themselves in every way. We invite you to learn more about National Louis University and join us for a extraordinary experience where you can pursue your educational aspirations.

Nivine Megahed, Ph.D.


    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 Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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