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Why Choose NLU?

More teachers earn a graduate degree at National Louis University than any other college or university in Illinois. And our M.A. in Psychology is the largest non-clinical program in the state. Those are big numbers for a close-knit, personal university like NLU. We are proud of our highly respected graduate programs in education, business and the arts and sciences, but even prouder of our students. NLU graduates are community leaders who are using their NLU education to improve the lives of others.

The NLU Advantage

There are many options for graduate study in Chicago, but there is only one NLU. Here is what we offer:

  • Innovation – NLU is nationally recognized for its innovative, hands-on preparation of teachers, counselors and human services professionals. Your NLU experience will prepare you to make an immediate impact on the job.
  • Community – You will join a supportive, professional learning community —representing every age group, ethnicity, religion and neighborhood — in which you will learn from both professors and peers.
  • Engagement – NLU students and scholars make a difference in Chicago. NLU has received over $65 million in funding over the past decade to support applied research in urban and childhood development, school improvement, teacher preparation and more.
  • Support – NLU exists to support non-traditional students who are juggling work, family and community obligations. Our faculty and staff are on your team, and together we will overcome any obstacle that stands between you and your success.

Apply to NLU

Find out how to apply to more than 50 graduate programs at NLU. Contact us to speak with an admissions counselor, schedule a visit and learn more about why NLU is right for you.


    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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