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.                       

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 provides the following assessments and testing for undergraduate and graduate applicants and students: COMPASS Math and Writing Placement Assessments, English Competency Test, Criterion Writing Assessment, Miller Analogies Test, Waston-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal.


NLU’s virtual bookstore offers affordable textbook options including textbook rentals, new and used textbooks, eTextbooks, textbook buybacks, school supplies, NLU apparel and much more. 

Career Development                                                               

The Office of Career Development provides career services including career advising, workshops, networking events and employer panel discussions. Although NLU does not guarantee job placement, every effort is made to achieve the best possible results for students and alumni.


Formal commencement exercises are held once each year.

Counseling Services   

Students seeking counseling referrals should contact the Office of Student Experience for confidential referral information for licensed therapists in their community.


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 second floor of the Chicago campus. Apparel and gift items are also available through the virtual bookstore.

International Students                                                           

NLU is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students and is approved for attendance by nonimmigrant students and to issue a Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) students, I-20 A-B.

Library & Learning Support

Library & Learning Support enriches the learning experience of students, educators, and researchers by providing quality resources and instructional services. Students may work with Learning Support Specialists and librarians in individual face-to-face or online tutoring sessions in math, writing, science, information research, and study skills. Additional online support is available through Smarthinking, which can be accessed through the NLU portal. Library & Learning Support also provides access to materials online and in print that support the academic programs and research interests of the NLU community. Library faculty are partners in teaching at the university and offer instruction, credit courses, and help and research guides on a variety of research topics.


NLU helps students earn Illinois Professional Educator Licences and endorsements.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation programs are offered at NLU campuses and for off-site groups each term. 


The University Student Ombudsman (USO) is a dispute resolution practitioner whose main function is to assist NLU students in resolving their problems.     

Persons with Disabilities Academic Access Accommodations for Students         

Library & Learning Support is the primary support system for students with disabilities, coordinating accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504, and University policy. All accommodations provided are based on individual need substantiated by medical documentation. For information on how to request accommodations, please email Library & Learning Support or call 312-261-3329.    

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 and credit by proficiency.

Student Organizations                                        

Through the Office of Student Life, NLU students have the opportunity to participate in activities that support their academic goals and encourage personal growth and development. 


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.

Veterans Services

NLU's Veterans Program serves student veterans and eligible dependents. 

Volunteer and Service-Learning Opportunities                                 

The Civic Engagement Center helps students become engaged citizens, both on campus and in the greater community, through volunteerism, service trips, academic service learning and community involvement.

Weather Alerts                      

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