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NLU Academics

Degree Programs In Chicago

Since our humble beginnings as Miss Harrison’s Training School in 1886, National Louis University (NLU) has helped tens of thousands of people just like you earn their undergraduate and graduate degrees. In fact, we have more than 65,000 living alumni.

Today, NLU offers more than 60 career-focused undergraduate and graduate programs in Chicago in fields like education, business and social services. We understand that students are more likely to succeed when they have flexibility to learn on their schedules. For some students, a traditional full-time course load at one of our campuses works best. We also know that type of schedule is not conducive to everyone. That’s why we offer part-time enrollment as well as fully accredited online degree programs.

You provide the dedication, and we’ll provide the flexibility to help make your dreams of earning your degree a reality. Whether you are a first-time college student or a working adult looking for an online bachelor degree option in Chicago or on any of our six campuses, our academic programs are designed to meet your busy schedule and to help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

NLU Offers a Wide Range of Degree Programs





NLU Colleges

NLU degree programs are offered through four colleges, each with its own academic focus:

  • National College of Education – One of the largest educators of teachers in Illinois and an active partner with Chicago-area schools.
  • College of Professional Studies and Advancement – Offers degree programs in a wide variety of fields through its three schools: the School of Business and Management, the School of Health and Human Services, and the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
  • Kendall College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management  – Offers degrees in culinary arts, baking & pastry, and hospitality management (which includes concentrations in hotel & lodging management, food & beverage management, event planning, and tourism).
  • Undergraduate College – Offers degrees in business and management, health and human services, social and behavioral sciences, and education.

Whether you are exploring possible next steps after high school, are looking for the master's program that Chicago professionals regularly seek, want to pursue a doctorate degree in Chicago or other graduate program, or have decided it’s time to finish your bachelor’s degree after being in the workforce for years, odds are good that NLU offers exactly what you want.

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NLU was created for people just like you: goal-oriented college students and working adults who are ready to take the next step in their personal and professional development. We are proud to offer the degree programs Chicago students want, helping make our community stronger and brighter. 

At NLU, we share your passion for learning and are committed to offering our students the highest-quality education at an affordable cost. If you are considering earning your bachelor degree in Chicago or pursuing an advanced, post-graduate degree, you owe it to yourself to explore all NLU has to offer. 

Connect with an Enrollment Specialist for degree program information or Apply For Free Today.


    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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