National Louis University Admissions

Costs, Financial Aid, Graduation Rates & More

National Louis University
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National Louis University Admissions Overview:

NLU has an acceptance rate of 76%, making the school largely accessible. Students interested in the school will need to submit an application and official high school transcripts. The school is test-optional, so applicants are not required to submit scores from the SAT or ACT. For complete instructions and important information, be sure to check NLU's website, or get in touch with the admissions office at the school.

Admissions Data (2016):

National Louis University Description:

Founded in 1886, National Louis University is a private non-profit institution with seven campuses in three states: Chicago, Elgin, Lisle, North Shore and Wheeling, Illinois; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Tampa, Florida. The downtown Chicago campus occupies five floors of the Peoples Gas Building, a historic building with an enviable location across from the Art Institute of Chicago near the edge of Grant Park. The university is made up of two colleges, the National College of Education and the College of Professional Studies and Advancement.

NLU has many options for working, non-traditional students, and a significant number of students are enrolled part-time and take advantage of online course options. The average age of undergraduate students is 34. The university offers 60 degree programs. Academics are supported by a 12 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and the majority of classes have under 20 students.

National Louis University is home to a handful of student organizations including the Association of Latino Scholars and the Multicultural Empowerment Organization. NLU students also get free admission to the Art Institute of Chicago. The university does not compete in any intercollegiate sports.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 4,515 (1,459 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 25% Male / 75% Female
  • 62% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $10,380
  • Books: $1,350 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $15,300
  • Other Expenses: $5,940
  • Total Cost: $32,970

National Louis University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 94%
    • Loans: 43%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,745
    • Loans: $3,494

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Elementary Education, Human Services, Management

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 74%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 7%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 30%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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