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New Students

You'll find valuable resources and links for new students here.

Student Services - Learning

Welcome to NLU.

As a new student, we've compiled some helpful information to guide you through the preparations to begin your program at NLU. Below you'll find quick links to helpful tools and resources, as well as information that will help you set yourself up for success and a great first quarter. Good luck to you!

New Student Success

Engage in Orientation

All students will be enrolled in NLU 101. Our online orientation is added to every new student's Desire 2 Learn (D2L) account prior to the start of classes. This is an interactive course that provides students with the opportunity to learn about NLU, online tools, and learn how to use the online campus. All courses utilize this program even if it's a course that occurs on campus.

Order your Course Materials

Our NLU Online Bookstore, Ecampus, allows students to purchase books and any NLU apparel every term. The bookstore officially opens four weeks before the term starts and is a one-stop shopping experience where you can use NLU book advances/vouchers and save on used and marketplace books. Chicago students may have books shipped to the Chicago campus for pickup on campus. On-campus buy backs are offered three times a year after the Fall, Winter and Spring terms at the Chicago, North Shore, Wheeling and Lisle campuses.

Click here to view Book Order Instructions

Online Course Success

Online courses are an accessible and flexible way for students to fulfill degree requirements. Employers are also looking for technically savvy prospects who can demonstrate these competencies: robust written and verbal skills, solid time management skills and self-direction. Online courses can help you strengthen these attributes. Completing NLU 101 will help you acclimate to the NLU online learning environment.  Undergraduate students can expect to have up to 10 hours of homework a week for a 5 QH class that meets for 10 weeks. Graduate students can expect to have up to 9 hours of homework a week for a 3 SH class that meets for 10 weeks. An accelerated course will have more face time and homework each week depending on the length of the class.

NLU uses Desire2Learn (D2L) as our online learning management system. Classes should be accessible on the home page of D2L up to ten days before the start date. Once you click on the "NLU Online Campus" link, found on the My Courses tab of the portal, you will be taken directly to D2L where you will see a list of your courses under the My Courses heading. If you course is not listed there, it has not been activated by your instructor yet. If you have any questions about your enrollment in the class, please check back on the portal and view your course schedule under the My Services tab.

D2L online course tutorials can help you learn to navigate the online classroom. You can also use the log in below to get familiar with D2L before you have full access. To access the demonstration course go to

Username: demostudent

Password: demostudent

Contact the OIT Help Desk 24/7 at 866-813-1177 or email if you have trouble accessing your course.


  1. Understand Technical Requirements
  2. Set Aside Dedicated Time
  3. Log in Daily
  4. Connect with Instructors for Help Early
  5. Stay Organized

Online Tools

NLU Portal

The NLU portal provides students, faculty and administrative staff with world-class Intranet and Internet services. This is where you can check e-mail, register for courses if you’re a graduate student, login to your Desire2Learn (D2L) course, view your term schedule, view your transcript and evaluation, access the NLU library catalogs and Smarthinking, and explore Career Beam and Hire NLU.

Every student is assigned an NLU ID# at the time of admission or registration along with a portal username and generic password. Your academic advisor can supply you with your portal username if you need assistance. If you need to reset your password, please do so by clicking "Forgot Password?" on the portal login page ( or by visiting the password reset tool at  For instructions on how to reset your password, CLICK HERE. 

Quick Links

Student Support Services

Student Experience

NLU believes that student life, academic work, and professional studies are interrelated parts of the University experience. Students are encouraged to develop their skills and themselves as individuals both through the formal academic programs and through co-curricular opportunities. The Office of Student Experience connects you with other students, through programming, events, student clubs and volunteer opportunities. Stay connected with the energy and excitement surrounding the unique NLU student experience through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the NLU Blog. 

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Student Finance

The Office of Student Finance at NLU can assist you to understand costs of your program and your financial aid options. To receive financial aid, students must:

  • Complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) using the NLU school code 001733.
  • Submit any additional required financial documentation.
  • Be admitted to an NLU program.
  • Be registered for classes.

Learning Support and Library Resources

NLU's Learning Support can help you achieve academic success, whether you are learning new math concepts, submitting written assignments for your classes, or want to work on general study skills. You can make an appointment for in-person tutoring on campus, or log into the portal to take advantage of free online tutoring services through Smarthinking for a variety of subjects, including 24/7 math support and writing feedback.

A wealth of information is available to you at the NLU Library. Explore the Library Guides for general tutorials on using the library to conduct your research, including how to locate books and journals, and for recommendations specific to your program of study at NLU.

Career Bridge

Whether you are getting ready for the professional world of work or changing your career, the Career Development Office at NLU can help. Access CareerBeam and Hire NLU through the NLU portal to develop your career planning strategy and get connected to employment opportunities. These virtual tools can help you get the most out of your career advising appointment.

Technical Support

NLU Offers 24/7 technical support for issues you might experience with Desire2Learn (D2L) or the NLU portal. When you need help, they are there to provide assistance.


    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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