Student Services

National Louis University offers a wide array of services for students. Please select your area of interest for more information.

Academic Advising 

All students are assigned an academic advisor to assist with understanding programs, selecting courses and progressing toward graduation.                          

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities         

The Department of Diversity, Access and Equity is the primary support system for students with disabilities, with the responsibility of coordinating accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 and University policy.     

Admissions and Records                                                        

All student academic records are maintained by the Office of Admissions and Records in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.


NLU has an active Alumni Association.


Learning Support administers a variety of tests for students including the COMPASS math and writing assessments, the Miller Analogies Test and the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal.


NLU’s virtual bookstore offers new and used textbooks, course packs and other required course materials as well as NLU apparel and merchandise.

Career Services                                                                      

The Office of Career Services provides assistance in resume writing, interview skills, networking and other job search strategies. Although NLU does not guarantee job placement, every effort is made to achieve the best possible results for students and alumni.


NLU helps students earn Illinois teacher certifications, endorsements and approvals.


Formal commencement exercises are held once each year.

Counseling Services   

Students seeking counseling referrals should contact the Office of Student Life for outsource counseling referrals.


NLU awards degrees at the end of each academic term. Students must apply for degree finalization in order to be awarded a degree.


One diploma will be issued to each student per degree. Replacement diplomas are available by request for an additional fee.


This online directory includes contact information for all faculty and staff.

Emergency Notification                                                         

Students are encouraged to sign up for this service to be notified in the event of an emergency.

Federal Work-Study

The Federal Work-Study Program, available to both undergraduate and graduate students, provides part-time employment opportunities for students to earn money to assist with educational and living expenses.

Gift Shop                                                                    

The NLU gift shop is located on the Chicago campus, 2nd floor Atrium. Gift items are also available through the virtual bookstore.

International Students                                                           

NLU welcomes International Students and is certified to issue F-1 visas to admitted International Students enrolled in full-time academic degree programs.

Learning Support

NLU offers test preparation, tutoring, learning skills assessment and academic workshops.


Whether on campus, off campus or online, all NLU students have access to library resources and special collections.


Students seeking resolution of their concerns, issues and problems are advised to contact the University Student Ombudsman, a dispute and resolution practitioner whose main function is to provide assistance to NLU students.            


All new undergraduate students are required to attend New Student Orientation, NLU’s undergraduate orientation, either in person or online.

Prior Learning Assessment                                                    

NLU offers several options for earning academic credit for knowledge and skills acquired through professional and life experience, including credit by portfolio, credit by examination credit by proficiency and credit by license and certification.

Student ID Cards and Numbers 

NLU issues ID cards to all students that should be carried whenever students are on campus.

Student Life                                        

Student Life is the primary office for student activities and events, student leadership and student organizations at the University.


NLU provides email, a help desk and a variety of technology-based tools for student use.


Students may order transcripts online, via fax or mail, or in person.

Volunteer and Service-Learning Opportunities                                 

The Civic Engagement Center seeks to advance the education of students to become civic-minded, actively engaged, life-long scholars and leaders on campus, locally, throughout the nation and globally.

Weather Alerts                      

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