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Ensuring Student Success Through the Pathways Program

The Pathways at NLU program can help make college more affordable for recent high school graduates. But, attending college can be an adjustment for most students, which is why National Louis University provides each student with a Student Success Coach throughout their program to ensure that they excel.


From day one students work with their coach as they develop their academic learning, personal accomplishments and professional expertise. With this unique program design, Teachers and Success Evaluators also work together to ensure student learning.

The Pathways Program unique support model

The Mentor Collective at NLU

 Mentor Collective at NLU

Mentor Collective mentee welcome video
Mentor Collective Mentee Welcome video

What is Mentor Collective @ Pathways?

  • NLU is one of many schools to partner with Mentor Collective to provide support within the community through mentorship
  • Mentor Collective matches NLU students with a trained mentor based on common interests, background and academics
  • Mentors are highly qualified current NLU students
  • MC mentorships involve meeting at least once per month, usually via video chat

What kinds of questions do mentors and mentees talk about?

  • "What are people like at NLU? Where are good places to eat and buy things I need?"
  • "Where is the best place to live? How do I find a roommate?"
  • "How can I balance the demands of school with family relationships?"
  • "How can I set myself up for academic and career success?"

What are other MC mentees saying about the experience?

  • Information on life at school before you even arrive: "It felt good to talk to someone and get to know the place that'll be your home for the next few years!" - Aradhya
  • Real-life examples of how to be successful at school: "[My mentor] is the type of person that is easy to talk to. He answered all my questions with examples of his friends, which was a bonus for me." - Bruno
  • An expert friend who helps you achieve your goals: "We talked quite a bit about who we are and what we hope to accomplish with our lives." - Victoria

How can students get matched with a mentor and get started?

  • You will receive information from the Pathways program about several important next steps, including directions to register for the mentor program

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During its inaugural year, the Pathways program at NLU is working 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
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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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