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 university's 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 offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, as well as certificates and endorsements from the following colleges:
- National College of Education
- College of Professional Studies and Advancement, which includes
- School of Business and Management
- School of Health and Human Services
- School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
National Louis University offers bachelor's and master's degree programs that can be completed entirely online.