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About the College of Professional Studies and Advancement

The College of Professional Studies and Advancement (CPSA) is the newer of National Louis University's four colleges. Since 1886, NLU has been helping students of all ages and backgrounds achieve their personal and professional goals. We offer a progressive and professional education for busy working adults that builds careers and strengthens communities.

CPSA History

In 2014, National Louis University merged the College of Management and Business (CMB) and the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) to form the College of Professional Studies and Advancement. CPSA is comprised of three schools: School of Health and Human Services, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences and School of Business and Management.

NLU chose to merge the colleges into one new entity that better represents the programs and areas of focus from CMB and CAS. The merger also positions NLU to ensure that we are providing a holistic, contemporary, leading-edge academic and professional experience for our students. This merged college truly reflects our commitment to serving adult and non-traditional students, aligns the portfolio in a strategic way that makes sense to the marketplace, and creates opportunities for students. CPSA will have an intensified focus on alignment with the professions for which we prepare graduates.

NLU Fast Facts

  • Founded in 1886.
    • Total enrollment: 7,344
    • Graduate: 4,764 (65%)
    • Undergraduate: 2,580 (35%)
    • African-American/Hispanic/Asian-Pacific Islander/Native American: 51%
    • Average age: 30 (undergraduate), 37 (graduate)
    • Seven locations: Illinois: Downtown Chicago, Elgin, Goose Island, Lisle, North Shore, Wheeling; Florida: Tampa.
  • Washington Monthly’s 2018 College Guide placed National Louis 52nd out of 316 National Universities for our contribution to the public good in three categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).
  • NLU ranked as a good Return on Investment when the  Brookings Institution named NLU a top “value-added” university with mid-career graduate earnings averaging $71,300 a year.
  • Our M.A. in Psychology is the second largest non-clinical master’s program in psychology in Illinois.
  • NLU’s Ph.D. in Community Psychology was lauded with the 2017 Excellence in Education Award by the Society for Community Research and Action, the American Psychological Association’s division governing community psychology. The highest honor a community psychology doctoral program can receive.

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    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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