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Provost Welcome

At National Louis University, we believe in the power of education to achieve equity. National Louis has grown to be a regional, comprehensive Teaching 1 institution dedicated to providing access to exceptional education to learners of all ages and backgrounds. NLU is leading the way as a model university that is student-ready and teaching-focused where financial resources are dedicated to instructional delivery and enhancing the educational experience for each student.

The Provost serves as the Chief Academic Officer of the university and provides vision and leadership for all academic programs. As the provost, I lead the effort to evaluate and optimize the academic portfolio of the university and ensure operational efficiency. I am charged with the development, implementation and assessment of academic programs and institutional policies. I support our dedicated faculty and encourage their research, publishing and scholarly activities. I work with deans, faculty and staff to ensure the delivery of student learning outcomes and providing a transformative learning experience for all students.

I am proud to say that academic excellence, community engagement and commitment to equity and inclusion run deep in NLU’s history. The University has more Golden Apple Award winners among its graduates in teacher preparation than any institution in the state of Illinois. Partnership is deeply rooted in National Louis University’s work and NLU is classified as an “Engaged Institutionby the Carnegie Foundation. With a sincere commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, NLU is among the top 25 most diverse national universities according to U.S. News and World Report (2019). NLU is named a top ten institution by Money Magazine where its alumni believe they are making the world “a better place” and is recognized as a national leader in closing the post-secondary completion through its innovative approach to undergraduate education.

National Louis has a rich portfolio of academic offerings at various locations including Chicago, Wheeling, Lisle and Tampa using face to face, hybrid and online delivery modalities. The academic programs are organized in four colleges. You can choose a program in The Undergraduate College or the Kendall College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management, which is ranked the number one in Culinary Arts in Chicago.  Or you can retool your skills and advance your career and choose a professional program in the renowned National College of Education or the College of Professional Studies and Advancement. Our colleges offer more than 80 undergraduate, masters, doctorate, endorsement and certificate level programs with flexibility in course offerings. As a student-centered institution, we offer educational experiences that strike the balance between the foundational knowledge and professional preparation facilitated by our diverse faculty who are educators, scholars and practitioners. The various university offices work collaboratively to recruit, retain and support each student’s journey of personal growth from enrollment to graduation and through securing their first job. Our rigorous curriculum, innovative instructional methods, wrap around student support, community partnerships and career development training prepare our students to be engaged members of society and career-ready. 

Welcome to NLU. We're so glad that you've joined our community.

Saib Othman, 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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