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National Louis University

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National Louis University (NLU)’s main campus, located just 10 miles outside of Chicago, began in 1886. “For more than 125 years, National Louis University has been providing professionally focused, people-centered education to busy adults in Chicago and beyond.” Since that time, NLU has developed four additional campuses in Illinois, two in Wisconsin, and one in Tampa, Florida. The campuses in Illinois are in the following cities: Elgin, Lisle, Skokie, and Wheeling. NLU campuses in the state of Wisconsin are in Beloit and Milwaukee.

NLU offers adult study programs both on campus and online. Between its eight locations, NLU offers 645 bachelor degrees, various masters degrees (MA, MS, and MSW), as well as an MBA degree program. National Louis University’s full time staff includes both full-time and part-time instructors.

Majors can be received in the following areas: General Business, Education, Health, Liberal Arts, Math and Visual/Performing Arts, just to name a few. The degrees can be obtained at three levels: undergraduate, graduate and doctoral. Online classes are available for B.S. degree programs in Health Care Leadership, Management and Management Information Systems. NLU and its affiliate schools are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (http://www.ncahlc.org). The National College of Education meets all twenty standards of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. The College of Management and Business has earned professional accreditation from the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education. Selected programs in the National College of Education are approved by the Illinois State Board of Education for "certification of education professionals.”

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Prospective students can enroll online or in person at any of the affiliate schools of National Louis University, via the admissions office or the NLU website. After filling out a simple survey denoting what the student wishes to study, an enrollment counselor works closely with the new student to determine the best possible educational options available. There is a nominal non-refundable application fee. Additionally, the admissions application requires a brief entrance essay, test scores from any standardized test like the ACT/SAT that have been completed, as well as information about the intended course of study. High school students have to score at least 19 on the ACT and 750 on the SAT. They also have to submit two letters of recommendation along with an essay. An interview is also required.

Once admitted, a student will only share classrooms with no more than 20 other students. Transfer students also work closely with enrollment counselors in order to complete their degree programs which have already been started. NLU even allows life experience to go towards college credits to finish one’s degree program or certification. Students are likely to graduate with the same group of individuals who started the journey of higher education at the same time.

NLU does have on campus housing available, and co-ed housing is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Financial Aid

National Louis University offers financial aid packages to suit the student body’s needs. Scholarships and grants are available, as well as public financial assistance from the federal government. Students also have the option of applying for private loans from the banking industry. Scholarships are given based on academic performance criterion such as GPA, test scores, etc. Some scholarships are available especially for students who are studying to be teachers. Freshmen can apply for the Academic Achievement scholarship which awards a maximum of $11,000 over a said freshman’s academic career. Other scholarships are merit based and memorials to friends of the University.

The Cheryl Hoyer Memorial scholarship honors the memory of Cheryl Hoyer, a student turned faculty member. Cheryl Hoyer is said to have been a devoted student, teacher, and mother of a special needs child. The Cheryl Hoyer Memorial Scholarship helps students with tuition, who wishes to go into the applied behavioral sciences. This scholarship has a rolling deadline and is for current students of National Louis University.

Payment plans are offered and students can involve themselves in work-study programs to deflect some of the cost of tuition, fees, room and board. Work-study programs track students for careers and provide the opportunity to exchange work for loan repayment. Graduates are placed with employers in the private and public sector; specifically the federal government. In exchange, some or all of loans can be forgiven over a period of time. For example, if a student becomes a teacher and works in a disadvantaged area or school, that student could have all his or her federal loans forgiven. Private loans can be renegotiated. For more information about scholarships and paying for one’s education, one is encouraged to contact the Office of Student Finance.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4517th for the average student loan amount.
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Some notable alumni have matriculated from NLU:

  • Philadelphia Eagles player Rodney Parker
  • Linda Holmes, a senator for the state of Illinois
  • Betty Reed, Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives
  • Richard Davidson, the president and CEO of Century 21

Additional School Information

NLU began as Miss Harrison’s Training school. Miss Harrison started the school with two like minded friends. The next year (1887), the trio began the Kindergarten movement. The Kindergarten Movement trained young women to be ‘kindergarteners’ or teachers of young children and is the model for kindergarten programs practiced in this country today. In 1893, the school’s name was changed to Chicago Kindergarten School. In 1897, the National Congress of Mothers began, and later became known as the Parent-Teacher Association or PTA. In 1912, the school adopted the first half of its name when it became the National Kindergarten College. Later, a generous donor by the name of Michael Louis helped the school gain university status in 1990. His donation allowed the College of Arts and Sciences to come into existence. Today, NLU offers two other colleges; the National College of Education and the College of Management and Business. Another interesting fact is NLU has an international presence through its distance learning component, as well as a sister campus in Poland.


  • National Louis University. Information 2011. 15 May 2011.
  • National Louis University. Financial Aid 2011. 15 May 2011.
  • National Louis University. Student Finance Scholarship 2011. 15 May 2011.
  • National Louis University. Cheryl Hoyer Scholarship 2011. 15 May 2011.
  • College Board 2011. 2011 College Handbook. College Board: New York, NY.

Information Summary

Ranks 64th in Illinois and 1886th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.04
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 12,408 0.46
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 431 0.02
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 13,975 0.52
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 26,420 0.98
Larceny 72,373 2.68
Vehicle theft 19,446 0.72

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Chicago, IL 60603
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population378 (378 urban / N/A rural)
Households14 (1.86 people per house)
Median Household Income$61,815
Families7 (2.57 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Doctoral/Research Universities
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority graduate/professional
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1707

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2348th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $18,855 $18,855 $18,855
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $300 $300 $300
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $419 $419 $419
FT Graduate Tuition $10,350 $10,350 $10,350
FT Graduate Required Fees $300 $300 $300
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $575 $575 $575
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $17,265 $17,265 $17,265
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $38,505 $38,505 $38,505
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $23,205 $23,205 $23,205

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $18,975 $19,080 $18,975 $19,080 $18,975 $19,080
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,350(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $15,300(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,895 $5,925
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,895 $5,925

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application Fee$40
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 84 (23 male / 61 female)
Admitted 83 (22 male / 61 female)
Admission rate 99%
First-time Enrollment 25 (6 male / 19 female)
FT Enrollment 17 (4 male / 13 female)
PT Enrollment 8 (2 male / 6 female)
Total Enrollment4,814

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 7 425 214 54 4 1,133 73 1,939
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching 3 1 1 5
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Business Administration and Management, General 12 23 1 23 3 62
Child Care and Support Services Management 19 5 6 1 31
Counseling Psychology 21 7 3 51 82
Curriculum and Instruction 2 10 22 3 148 5 191
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 11 7 1 26 3 48
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 68 14 2 1 134 9 231
Educational Psychology 1 13 2 17
Educational/Instructional Technology 1 8 9
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 36 37 9 196 16 299
English Language and Literature, General 1 1
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 4 5
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other 8 4 1 9 23
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 2 1 1 10 2 16
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 1 6 3 3 2 15
Information Science/Studies 1 1
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 2 1 1 4
Management Information Systems, General 7 1 2 15 2 28
Management Science 1 40 21 5 74 4 148
Mathematics Teacher Education 18 1 19
Mathematics, General
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 64 27 3 1 41 2 140
Organizational Behavior Studies 8 8
Political Science and Government, General 1 1
Practical Nursing, Vocational Nursing and Nursing Assistants, Other
Psychology, General 51 8 3 18 4 85
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other 10 2 10 2 25
Public Policy Analysis, General 7 4 10 21
Reading Teacher Education 4 1 1 26 3 35
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
School Psychology 2 12 15
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching 12 12 11 1 124 6 175
Social Sciences, General 2 1 1 1 5
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 12 1 4 82 3 103
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling
Urban Education and Leadership 13 4 4 48 2 73
Writing, General 6 12 18

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2113th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $61,649 ($63,409 male / $57,292 female)
Number of FT Faculty 139 (58 male / 81 female)
Number of PT Faculty 471
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $3,199,039

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