National Louis University

National Louis University

National-Louis University was established in 1886 as Miss Harrison's Training School. It became the National College of Education in 1930, and was renamed the National-Louis University in 1990. The university offers a host of bachelor degrees in education, psychology, business, health care, leadership and counseling. NLU also offers a number of distance learning programs in various areas of study. The National-Louis University has 3 colleges under it:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Management and Business
  • National College of Education

To accommodate larger numbers of students, the university has campuses in:

  • Alexandria, Virginia
  • Beloit, Wisconsin
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Elgin, Illinois
  • Lisle, Illinois
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Skokie, Illinois
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Washington D.C.
  • Wheeling, Illinois

National-Louis University used to be a part of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, but recently dropped its athletics programs.

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Contacting National-Louis University

National-Louis University
122 S Michigan Ave
Chicago , IL 60603
General Phone: (800) 443-5522

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National-Louis University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching1,918curriculum and instruction, educational administration, educational supervision, educational admin and supervision, instructional media design, special ed, education of disabled, education of learning disabled, adult education, ...
Business and Management375business management, electronic commerce, accounting, human resources, organizational behavior, MIS, management science
Liberal Arts199English, English composition, liberal arts and sciences, interdisciplinary studies, social services, political science
Therapy and Counseling180psychology, counseling psychology, child psychology, school psychology, educational psychology, substance abuse counseling
Medical Administration82health care administration, health and medical administrative
Family and Social Work20public policy analysis, social service professions
Computer Science and Engineering2information science
Medical Support and Technology0radiation therapist, respiratory care tech
Drama and Performing Arts0drama

Number of programs and degrees for National-Louis University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree64521
Master's degree1,99627
Doctor's degree67
Post-master's certificate13014

National-Louis University Student Body

In 2007-2008, National-Louis University had a total enrollment of 7,405 students (5,876 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 22%
Women 78%
Full-Time 78%
Part-Time 22%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 23%
Graduate 77%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 56%
Black 17%
Hispanic 9%
Asian 3%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 15%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 0%
20-21 1%
22-24 11%
25-29 24%
30-34 16%
35-39 15%
40-49 20%
50-64 11%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


National-Louis University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 100 %
Part-Time 100 %

National-Louis University Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Chicago, Illinois for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Illinois Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

National-Louis University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal2224
ACT Math1319
ACT Composite1922

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT33%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

National-Louis University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 17,725
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 17,725
Books and supplies $ 992

Financial Aid:
National-Louis University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 173300)

National-Louis University Faculty

National-Louis University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1547
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2156

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year0*1*
Associate professorcalendar year0*3$65,460
Assistant professorcalendar year3$58,1592*
Instructorcalendar year1*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year4$59,4378$67,711

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year17$76,41521$72,447
Associate professoracademic year19$61,74644$61,004
Assistant professoracademic year36$51,31882$52,426
Instructoracademic year3$44,55916$40,862
No academic rankacademic year2*2*
All faculty totalacademic year77$59,156165$56,215

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

National-Louis University Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Management Information Systems, General
Management Science, General
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Information Science/Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General

Family And Social Work
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Public Policy Analysis

Liberal Arts
English Composition
English Language and Literature, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General

Mathematics, General

Medical Administration
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist


Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Developmental and Child Psychology
Educational Psychology
Psychology, General
School Psychology
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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What Sets National-Louis University Apart:

% of degrees in education and teaching
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% students 40 years or older
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Top 6%National-Louis University % students 40 years or older
Female % of student body
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Top 7%National-Louis University Female % of student body
Number of students
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Top 11%National-Louis University Number of students
% of freshmen enrolled part-time
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Top 14%National-Louis University % of freshmen enrolled part-time
Number of degree programs
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Top 15%National-Louis University Number of degree programs
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 20%National-Louis University Faculty/student ratio (full-time)

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