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How do you transfer to NLU? Follow these four simple steps.

  1. 1

    Apply to NLU for free.

    National Louis University offers up to seven start dates per year, so you can apply anytime.

  2. 2

    Send in supporting documents.

    Soon after you apply, an NLU enrollment specialist will contact you and let you know what additional documentation you need to submit.

  3. 3

    Tell NLU where you’ve attended college.

    Your enrollment specialist will help you request official transcripts from all universities and colleges you’ve attended.

  4. 4

    Hear back from NLU with your admissions decision.

    You will receive an admissions decision and evaluation of your transfer credits within approximately 24 hours of NLU receiving all required documentation.

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Get ahead sooner with transfer credits

NLU’s online programs feature accelerated courses so you can advance your career faster. By transferring previously earned credits from one or more of these sources, you may be able to finish your program even sooner.

Credit for prior college courses

Undergraduate students

  • Transfer as many credits as you want as long as they meet NLU standards
  • At least 60 credits need to be completed at NLU
    • 45 of those have to be in your actual degree program (not general ed or unrelated electives)

Graduate students

  • Earn at least a “B” grade for the course to be considered for transfer eligibility
  • Guidelines vary by program, and the number of credits that can be transferred is determined on an individual basis.

Credit by examination (testing out of courses)

NLU accepts credit through the following:

  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)
  • NYU Language Proficiency Exams
  • The Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) portfolio documentation

Credit for professional licenses and certificates

If you have a professional license or certificate in one or more of the fields below, it may qualify for transfer credit.

Undergraduate students

  • Food protection
  • Human resources
  • Loan originator
  • Project management professional (PMP)
  • Certified nursing assistant (CNA)
  • CPR and first aid
  • Personal trainer

Graduate students

  • Professional in Human Resources® (PHR®)
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources® (SPHR®)

Credit for service members, veterans and eligible spouses

While anyone can take CLEP or DSST tests for undergraduate credit, qualifying military personnel and their families can take them for free through the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES).

Additionally, your military coursework and experiences could count as credits toward your degree. An NLU enrollment specialist can help you find out if you qualify for these benefits.

Pablo Garcia

Pablo Garcia
NLU transfer student

“I was very nervous when I transferred from the community college to National Louis, but the school really does help you out. They really do care about you! That’s what got me through.

See why these students transferred to NLU

Questions About Transferring?

We are happy to answer your questions and provide additional support throughout the transfer process. Call 844.330.9337 or email to connect with our admissions team.

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Getting Your NLU Online Degree

As an online NLU student, you’ll progress through your program in an engaging, dynamic, centralized location where you can connect with peers and professors, complete assignments and quizzes, and find whatever else you need to succeed.

Moving Upward

NLU firmly believes in the equalizing and uplifting effect of adult higher education on families and communities.

Making a Difference

At NLU, we are proud of the 65,000 living alumni who are using their education to serve others and change lives.

Return on Investment

With mid-career graduate earnings averaging $71,300 a year, NLU was named a top “value-added” university by Brookings Institution.**