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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?

1,250 Full-Time Undergraduates
$14,303 Avg Cost After Aid
86% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest one a student can attain at NLU.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 99% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from NLU with a bachelor's degree make about $44,600 a year. That's 9% more than those who graduate from other schools.

National Louis University Rankings

NLU landed the #1,568 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. NLU also holds the #57 spot on the Best Colleges in Illinois ranking.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that NLU has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for NLU

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 92
Best Colleges for Veterans 155
Best Colleges for International Students 1,223
Best Colleges 1,568
Best Colleges for Diversity 2,313

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?

$14,303 Net Price
15% Take Out Loans
6.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of NLU is $14,303. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for NLU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$13,647 $14,165 $16,215 $20,218 $22,927

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

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

1,250 Full-Time Undergraduates
69% Women
85% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,883 undergraduate students at NLU, with 1,250 being full-time and 633 being part-time.

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

There are also 3,035 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,250 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 22
Black or African American 327
Hispanic or Latino 693
White 157
International Students 3
Other Races/Ethnicities 48

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 16th 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 #989 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
Business, Management & Marketing 1%
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 8%
Communication & Journalism 38%
Communication & Media Studies 38%
Curriculum & Instruction 16%
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 37%
General Psychology 16%
Human Development & Family Studies 37%
Human Resource Management 55%
Management Information Systems 64%
Psychology 10%
Public Administration & Social Service 7%
Social Work 79%
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
Criminology #11
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #14
Management Information Systems #19
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #25
Human Development & Family Studies #31
Communication & Media Studies #32
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #37
Human Resource Management #42
Instructional Media Design #42
Communication & Journalism #49
Social Sciences #55
Psychology #71
Health & Medical Administrative Services #111
Education #236
Business Administration & Management #284
Health Professions #319
Business, Management & Marketing #360

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, National Louis University awarded 1,400 undergraduate degrees and 1,952 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Business Administration & Management 0 12 43 1
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 9 92 14
Communication & Media Studies 0 8 0 0
Criminology 0 25 0 0
Culinary Arts 92 20 0 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 158 5
Educational Administration 0 0 62 37
Educational Assessment 0 0 1 0
Ethnic Studies 0 0 0 4
General Business/Commerce 0 17 0 0
General Psychology 0 15 23 0
General Social Sciences 0 2 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 36 26 0
Hospitality Management 0 66 0 0
Human Development & Family Studies 0 48 43 0
Human Resource Management 0 0 22 0
Human Services 0 0 7 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 6 0
Management Information Systems 0 11 0 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 91 0 0
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 8 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 115 0 0
Other Public Administration 0 10 0 0
Public Administration 0 0 5 0
Public Policy 0 0 4 0
Social Work 0 19 0 0
Special Education 0 2 63 0
Student Counseling 0 0 2 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 102 224 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 108 4
Writing Studies 0 0 14 0
Total 184 1,216 1,822 130


*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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