NLU: A CHICAGO LEADER IN HIGHER EDUCATION SINCE 1886
In late nineteenth century Chicago, two extraordinary women with vision, a passion for education and a determination to make a difference in the lives of our children laid the foundation for what is today National-Louis University (NLU).
Urban education pioneer and community activist Elizabeth Harrison, together with Edna Dean Baker, created a modern university-one with deep roots in Chicago and a reputation that today extends far beyond the borders of the city it calls home.
NLU is a university committed to innovation and best practices in urban teaching and graduate education. A university that excels in creating learning communities where adult students thrive. A university with a history of access to higher education for first-generation and minority students who go on to make a difference at their jobs and in their communities. A university proud to call Chicago home.
- Private, non-profit, non-denominational
- History of progressive, student-centered education
- Colleges: 3
- National College of Education
- College of Arts and Sciences
- College of Management and Business
- National Rankings: NLU ranks 7th: number of master's degrees awarded in education (National Center for Education Statistics)
- Regional Rankings: 2008 U.S. News and World Report
- NLU ranks 3rd for small class size.
- Percent of NLU classes with fewer than 20 students: 91%
- State Rankings: NLU ranks 1st:number of graduate degrees in education conferred (IPEDS: Three-year period from 2003-2005)
- Golden Apple Award winners: 34. The Golden Apple Foundation honors Chicago-area classroom teachers each year with the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching
We invite you to explore NLU to find out how we may help you attain your career goals.