Private 4 Year

National Louis University

Chicago, Illinois

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National Louis University overview
Location Chicago, Illinois
Online nl.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
National Louis University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing No
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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National Louis University (NLU) is a private institution located in Chicago, Illinois, with a rich history dating back to its founding in 1886 by social reformer Elizabeth Harrison. With a commitment to providing accessible education opportunities, NLU has established itself with an inclusive acceptance policy. The university is particularly known for its offerings in the field of education, including teacher preparation programs, which have gained significant recognition. While NLU's urban setting places it amidst the vibrant cultural and professional landscape of Chicago, the atmosphere on its multiple campuses combines the benefit of city life with a focused academic environment. NLU provides on-campus housing options to accommodate its student body. The university does not emphasize athletics as a core part of its identity, focusing instead on an academic profile that caters to both traditional and non-traditional students by offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs across various disciplines.

In the most recent statistical year 3,181 prospective students applied, and 2,928 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 827 enrolled in the school.  4,214 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 3,311 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $10,755 plus fees of $825.












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Admission Standards

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GPA 2.8

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for National Louis University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$0
Other Fees$825
Estimated Off Campus Cost of Living $13,500
Budget for Other Expenses$7,320
Total One Year Cost$32,400

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$49,300 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

26% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by National Louis University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 34%
General Studies 32%
Education 16%
Health Professions 8%
Human Services 4%

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