National Louis University Overview
Located in Chicago, Illinois, National Louis University is a private not-for-profit institution. The city atmosphere of Chicago makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.
What Is National Louis University Known For?
- Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at NLU.
- For the 2017-2018 academic year, 99% of the faculty were full-time.
- After graduation, NLU bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $44,600 a year. That's about 9% more than their peers at other schools.
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.
Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at NLU.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards NLU has earned from around the web.
|#5||Best Child Care & Support Services Management Schools||College Factual|
|#6||Best Baking & Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef Schools||College Factual|
|#7||Best Culinary Arts/Chef Training Schools||College Factual|
|#10||Best Culinary Arts Schools||College Factual|
|#17||Best Personal & Culinary Services Schools||College Factual|
|#70||Best Healthcare Bachelor’s Degree Schools||Healthcare Degree Search|
Where Is National Louis University?
Contact details for NLU are given below.
|Address:||122 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603|
How Do I Get Into NLU?
You can apply to NLU online at: www.nl.edu/applyonline/
Admission Requirements for NLU
|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|
How Hard Is It To Get Into NLU?
Approximately 42% of accepted students are men and 58% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 98%, and the acceptance rate for women is 97%.
Can I Afford National Louis University?
Student Loan Debt
Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At NLU, approximately 12% of students took out student loans averaging $5,102 a year. That adds up to $20,408 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at NLU is 6.8%. 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
There are also 3,798 graduate students at the school.
Of the 2,564 full-time undergraduates at NLU, 30% are male and 70% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of National Louis University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||439|
|Hispanic or Latino||1,542|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at NLU has changed over the last few years.
This school is the 16th most popular in Illinois for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.
Online Affordability Rankings of NLU
The following table shows how NLU is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.
|Major||Tuition for In-State Students||Tuition for Out-of-State Students|
|Other Public Administration||#12||#4|
|Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods||#13||#4|
|Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology||#13||#7|
|Mental & Social Health Services||#37||#4|
|Human Development & Family Studies||#43||#10|
|Management Information Systems||#55||#10|
|Family, Consumer & Human Sciences||#70||#7|
Online Growth Rankings of NLU
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at National Louis University was 19.6%. This is the #1,080 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.
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.
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 Undergraduate Concentrations
The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.
*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.
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
- Image Credit: By TonyTheTiger under License
More about our data sources and methodologies.
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