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Aarti Dhupelia

Vice President, Undergraduate Education and Dean, Undergraduate College

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Aarti Dhupelia is vice president for undergraduate education and dean of the undergraduate college at National Louis University.  There she oversees NLU’s efforts to drive equity in bachelor’s degree attainment and employment by offering students affordability, a personalized and professionally-focused curriculum, and holistic support.

Prior to joining NLU, Aarti served in several senior leadership roles at Chicago Public Schools, most recently as CPS' chief officer for the office of college and career success, where she drove strategies around attendance and truancy, drop-out re-engagement, out-of-school time, social and emotional learning, college and career planning and partnerships, and early college and career coursework. Before joining CPS, Aarti worked as a management consultant to Fortune 500 companies at Marakon Associates. Currently, Aarti serves on the boards of Distinctive Schools and iMentor Chicago as well as on the leadership council of Thrive Chicago. Previously, she participated in the US Department of Education’s employability skills expert working group, and as a judge in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Career App Challenge.

Aarti holds a master of business administration from Harvard Business School and a bachelor of arts from Northwestern University, and she is an alumna of the Broad Residency in Urban Education and Leadership Greater Chicago as well as a member of Northwestern University’s Council of 100.  In 2017, the Center for Digital Education named Aarti to its Top 30 Technologists, Transformers, and Trailblazers nationwide.


“I believe that access to high-quality education is the greatest driver of equity and success in our nation, and I am honored to serve the 2,000+ undergraduate students of NLU alongside our talented and dedicated faculty and staff. Our commitment in the undergraduate college is to prepare our students with the knowledge and skills to succeed as professionals and engaged citizens, and to help our students cross the bridge toward career success and advancement after college graduation. This means remaining 100% focused on providing personalized support to empower our students to succeed, and partnering with employer and community partners to continuously build our capacity and ensure alignment with industry needs. I invite you to learn more about the majors we offer or contact us directly to see how your organization or company might partner with us.”

-Aarti Dhupelia



    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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