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Accreditation Status

Institutional Accreditation

National Louis University (NLU) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six institutional accreditors recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Currently, NLU is on the Standard Pathway to regional accreditation, which follows a 10-year cycle and is focused on quality assurance and institutional improvement. NLU will be writing to the Criteria for Accreditation and submitting their Assurance Argument in AY2021.

From 2006-2018, NLU was on the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) pathway which calls for a Systems Portfolio overviewing the institution and writing to the AQIP Categories. NLU’s Past Systems Portfolio can be found below:

State Approvals

National Louis University (NLU) is authorized to operate as a degree-granting institution in Illinois by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). NLU has grandfathered status in four regions of Illinois: Chicago, North Suburban, South Metropolitan, and West Suburban. IBHE resources for NLU Faculty and Staff can be found here.

NLU holds license by means of accreditation from the Florida Commission for Independent Education (CIE) of the Florida Department of Education to operate as a university in Florida, to offer programs of instruction, and to award degrees. For a list of approved programs in FL, click here.

NLU is also a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). As a SARA member, NLU is authorized to offer distance education to other SARA member states. To view a list of SARA states, click here. For a list of NLU’s online programs, click here


    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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