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National Louis University: Redefining Excellence

ul 2.13.13 The NLU Mission

National Louis University provides access to quality higher education that nurtures opportunity for students through innovative teaching, scholarship, community engagement and service excellence.

NLU Values

We are committed to providing the highest quality educational experience and administrative service to each student. We strive to be the best, and to continually improve our processes and outcomes.

The NLU community and its educational philosophy are built on a high regard for the cultures, backgrounds, experiences and dignity of each person. We embrace and build upon the strength that comes from a diverse student body, faculty and staff.

From its founding, NLU has provided opportunity for each student. Whether through developmental support for the under-prepared or through culturally relevant curriculum, each student is brought to a high level of academic achievement, including those who have historically encountered barriers to higher education.

As part of the dynamic creation of ideas and sharing of knowledge, we encourage interdependent learning relationships among students, faculty and staff, and between the university and its communities.

We are deeply passionate about the fundamental value and importance of the work we do. An NLU education transforms individual lives, organizations and communities.

We are committed to fostering a love of learning and intellectual inquiry in all its forms. Faculty and student scholarship both enrich the learning experience and inform our larger society.

Because we continually seek to understand and address educational challenges in a diverse and dynamic global era, real-world environments are integrated with theory, creative thinking, and a commitment to social justice.

We actively reach out to students, schools, businesses, and communities, working hand-in-hand to achieve mutual goals. That deep involvement is also reflected in how NLU staff and faculty work collaboratively with their colleagues to provide services and instruction to each student.


    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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