National-Louis University

122 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

School Details

National Louis University was founded in 1886 as a college to train women as kindergarten teachers. Originally named Miss Harrison’s Training School, there were numerous name changes throughout the school’s history and in 1990 National Louis University was given its current name.

Today, National Louis University is one of Chicago’s oldest, most innovative private universities. The value of education is held in high regard at National Louis University and the Universities mission is to provide access to a quality higher education that nurtures opportunity for students through innovative teaching, scholarship, community engagement, and service excellence. National Louis University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition to the Universities overall accreditation, the College of Education and the College of Management and Business have also received specialized accreditation. National Louis University offers campus locations in Illinois, Wisconsin and Florida.

When applying to National Louis University, potential students are required to pay a $40 application fee as well as submit their GPA, official transcript and a formal demonstration of competencies. National Louis University has an acceptance rate of 57%. Students who are granted acceptance ultimately decide to attend National Louis University at a rate of about 50%. Students who decided to attend National Louis University come back for a following year of classes at a rate 57% for full time students and 80% for part time students. Students at National Louis University graduate within the four years it is expected to earn a bachelor’s degree at a rate of 11% and graduate within six years at a rate of 26%.

There are 5,679 students currently enrolled at National Louis University, of these students, 4,430 are adult learners over the age of 24. Students at National Louis University are mostly full time enrollments, with 59% of students taking at least 12 credits per semester. The gender ratio of the student body is 79% female students and 21% male students. There is quite a bit of racial diversity with the largest represented race being African American students making up 38% of the student population. The other racial groups, white, Hispanic and Asian, make up 30%, 21% and 2% of the student body respectively.

Students have a variety of options academically at National Louis University. There are three colleges in which students can find a program to interest them. The colleges include:

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

Within these colleges, students have the choice between a variety of 17 Bachelor’s degree programs, 34 Master’s degree programs, nine Doctoral degree programs and 14 certificate or endorsement programs.

There are a total of 572 faculty members, all of which are part of the instructional faculty. These faculty members typically hold their highest degree in their specific field and place a heavy importance on student’s interaction and personalized attention. The faculty is able to provide specialized attention to students through interaction in small class sizes due to an 8:1 student to faculty ratio.

For students wanting to complete a degree, but who have a hectic schedule, National Louis University offers programs that can be completed entirely online. The online degrees that can be completed are:

  • Bachelor of Science in Health Care Leadership
  • Bachelor of Science in Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems
  • Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
  • Master of Education in Early Childhood Administration
  • Master of Education in Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
  • Master of Education in Technology in Education (Type 10 certification)

Students can find many ways to stay busy outside of class. One way for a student to spend free time while gaining valuable leadership and personal growth skills is through participating in extracurricular activities. The types of extracurricular activities available National Louis University includes:

  • Student Government
  • Special Interest Clubs
  • Community Service Clubs
  • Leadership Workshops

National Louis University offers a tuition payment plan and the assistance and guidance of its financial aid office to help students with the cost of higher education. The financial aid office can help students find and apply for grants, scholarships and loans. Currently, 72% of the student population accepts some form of grant or scholarship aid. The average grant or scholarship package is $6,879 per student per year. Students can also take on loans for extra assistance, 69% of students have student loans.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    4-year, Private not-for-profit
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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