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Located in Chicago, Illinois, National Louis University is a private not-for-profit institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

104 Undergraduate Degrees
775 Graduate Degrees
86% Acceptance Rate

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National Louis University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

NLU has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#27 Most Popular Online Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at NLU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#19 Most Popular Online Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards NLU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#10 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#42 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#57 Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual

Where Is National Louis University?

Location of National Louis University

Contact details for NLU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 122 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 800-443-5522

How Do I Get Into NLU?

You can apply to NLU online at:

Admission Requirements for NLU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program neither required nor recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores neither required nor recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into NLU?

86% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
Since NLU has an acceptance rate of 86%, it is not too hard to gain acceptance into the school. Still, you need to be sure you complete your application in full and send in any other requested documents.

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 81%, and the acceptance rate for women is 89%.

Can I Afford National Louis University?

15% Take Out Loans
6.6% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At NLU, approximately 15% of students took out student loans averaging $3,955 a year. That adds up to $15,820 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at NLU is 6.6%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

National Louis University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,047 Full-Time Undergraduates
69% Women
73% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,051 undergraduate students at NLU, with 2,047 being full-time and 1,004 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  NLU

There are also 2,941 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,047 full-time undergraduates at NLU, 31% are male and 69% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  NLU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of National Louis University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of NLU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 35
Black or African American 433
Hispanic or Latino 998
White 341
International Students 140
Other Races/Ethnicities 100

Geographic Diversity

Illinois students aren't the only ones who study at National Louis University. At this time, 2 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 19 countries are represented at NLU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, South Korea, and Kyrgyzstan.

Online Learning at National Louis University

1,946 Took All Classes Online
3,432 Took At Least One Class Online
17.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 13 bachelor’s degree and 14 master’s degree programs available online at NLU. In 2017-2018, 3,432 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at NLU has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 3rd most popular in Illinois for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of NLU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at National Louis University was 17.4%. This is the #665 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at NLU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of NLU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Curriculum & Instruction 16%
Curriculum & Instruction 16%
Early Childhood Education 36%
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 42%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 12%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at NLU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at NLU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Instructional Media Design #42
Educational/Instructional Technology #42

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

National Louis University Teaching Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Curriculum & Instruction 0 11 158 5 174
General Educational Leadership & Administration 0 57 62 35 154
Early Childhood Education 96 0 27 0 123
Elementary Education 6 0 98 0 104
Other Teacher Education & Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 0 0 66 0 66
General Special Education 2 0 63 0 65
Secondary Education 0 0 63 0 63
Reading Teacher Education 0 0 33 4 37
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education & Teaching 0 0 36 0 36
Educational, Instructional, & Curriculum Supervision 0 26 0 1 27
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 0 11 0 1 12
Mathematics Education 0 0 9 0 9
Educational/Instructional Technology 0 0 6 0 6
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services 0 0 2 0 2
Learning Sciences 0 0 1 0 1
Urban Education & Leadership 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 104 105 624 46 879


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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