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New Program for first-time freshmen!


  • Designed for professional and personal success

  • Affordable tuition

  • Convenient (face-to-face and online)

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Undergraduate Studies at NLU

High school graduates, make earning your college degree a reality!

In our innovative undergraduate program, students can earn a bachelor’s degree at a significantly reduced tuition rate of $40,000 ($10,000 per year) and choose any of NLU's degree options in business, education, human services, criminal justice, health care, communications and more!

    The first two years are based on a standardized general education curriculum designed to create a framework of applied and collaborative learning, intellectual skills, specialized knowledge, broad integrative knowledge, civic and global learning and leadership. This experience is customized for each student and critical for life as well as professional success.

    Students choose between three curricular paths for their first two years — general studies, education or business. These paths will enable students to proceed in earning their bachelor’s degrees in any of NLU's undergraduate programs.

    Classes will be offered at NLU’s Chicago and Wheeling, IL campuses in a blended model with some content delivered online and some face-to-face.

    Our unique support model ensures students are provided with the individualized guidance they need to succeed. Student success coaches provide personal, professional, and academic support throughout students’ time at NLU.

Making College Affordable

The undergraduate program at NLU is designed so students can reap the benefits of a quality education with little to no out-of-pocket expense. With anticipated financial aid packages, the opportunity for you to earn an undergraduate degree without taking on debt becomes a reality.

Pathways Program net annual tuition proposal

NLU Undergraduate Admission Requirements

The program is available to freshman students with 30 quarter hours (20 semester hours) or fewer of transferable college credits. All applicants must meet NLU's general admission requirements. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at An enrollment specialist can also help you through the process.

During its inaugural year, the undergraduate program at NLU worked with a variety of organizations including Chicago Public Schools, OneGoal (a national organization that partners with higher education for student success) and Network for College Success at the University of Chicago.


    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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