In the Pathways Program, students can earn a bachelor’s degree in any of NLU's undergraduate degree options in business, education, human services, criminal justice, health care, communications and more. The first two years are based on a standardized general education curriculum designed to create a framework of collaborative, project-based learning. This experience is customized for each student and critical for life as well as professional success. Students choose between three curricular paths for their first two years: general studies, education or business. These paths will enable students to proceed in earning their bachelor’s degrees in any of NLU’s undergraduate programs.

Classes are offered at NLU’s Chicago and Wheeling, IL campuses in a blended model with some content delivered online and some face-to-face.  The support model ensures students are provided with the individualized guidance they need to succeed. Student Success Coaches provide personal, professional, and academic support throughout students’ time at NLU. 

The Pathways Program is available to freshman students with 15 or fewer transferable quarter hour credits. All applicants must meet NLU’s general admission requirements. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at

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