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National Louis University
1000 Capitol Drive
Wheeling, IL 60090
(847) 465-0575

The mission of National-Louis University is to develop highly competent and humane individuals for service and leadership through quality academic programs.  National-Louis University is a private, independent, comprehensive, not for profit university with a mission to educate a broad range of students, including those who historically have had limited access to higher education.  Central to this mission is the commitment to facilitate that access to academic program, provide academic support, integrate knowledge across disciplines, and encourage the active participation of learners.  The education provided by National-Louis University enables the learner to fulfill personal and professional goals as a citizen of a diverse society and a global community.

(Statement of Mission)

Facilities – Wheeling Campus
The opening of National-Louis University's Wheeling Campus in January, 1994, further exemplifies the University’s commitment to making higher education attainable for working adults.

No stranger to Chicago’s northwest suburbs, National-Louis University had served Wheeling and surrounding communities for many years by offering courses at rented facilities.  Classes at the Wheeling Campus, a permanent site located near the intersection of Palatine and Wolf Roads, are easily accessible to busy adults who live and work in northwest Cook and Lake Counties.

Program options at the Wheeling Campus include numerous graduate degree programs from National College of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Management and Business; upper division undergraduate degree programs from the College of Arts and Sciences and National College of Education.

The Wheeling Campus occupies a modern, three-story office building with ample parking. Approximately 180 University faculty, staff members, and administrators are based on the Wheeling Campus.

(National-Louis University Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 1998-2000)

SOLEX College
350 E. Dundee Rd.
Wheeling, IL 60090
(847) 229-9595

The mission of SOLEX College is to provide innovative career training and English language programs based on current information, technology, and best practices in a supportive environment to encourage students’ personal growth and success.
SOLEX College offers vocational and degree programs in the areas of Business and Healthcare.  Programs include:

  • Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Accounting

  • Computerized Accounting and Bookkeeping Certificate Program

  • Basic Nurse Assistant (CNA) Certificate Program

  • Medical Assistant Career Program

  • Lead in individual and community development.

  • Enable students to recognize the interrelationships of life, education and work.

 SOLEX College also has a well-established English as a Second Language program and caters to students from all over the world.
SOLEX has been a part of the Wheeling community since 1995 and is committed to offering affordable programs that will prepare adults for the career demands of the current job market

(from SOLEX College information provided)

William Rainey Harper Community College
1200 W. Algonquin
Palatine, IL 60067
(847) 925-6000

William Rainey Harper College is a comprehensive community college dedicated to providing excellent education at a reasonable cost, promoting personal growth, enriching the community and meeting the needs of a changing world.  In the broad range of its offerings Harper College will

  • Educate students to assume an active, productive and meaningful role in a free and changing society.

  • Provide students with the knowledge and experiences required to develop a system of values and the ability to contend with difficult moral choices.

  • Encourage student success.

  • Enrich the cultural and economic life of the community.

  • Lead in individual and community development.

  • Enable students to recognize the interrelationships of life, education and work.

(William Rainey Harper College mission statement)

Harper College offers five degrees: the Associate in Arts, the Associate in Science, the Associate in Applied Science, The Associate in Fine Arts and the Associate in Engineering Science. The A.A., A.S. AFA and AES degrees are primarily for students desiring to transfer to four-year institutions.  The A.A.S. is primarily for those in two-year career programs, although many students transfer to four-year colleges after earnings the A.A.S. degree.

In addition, the College provides certificate programs designed to meet specific needs of the community.  These programs are normally one year in length, and upon completion of the prescribed courses, the student received a certificate of completion.

(William Rainey Harper College catalog)


Worsham College of Mortuary Science
495 Northgate Parkway
Wheeling, IL 60090
(847) 808-8444

Worsham College of Mortuary Science offers two programs, both are completed within twelve months, the first awards a diploma in Mortuary Science, the second awards an Associate Degree of Applied Science (AAS). The curriculum, regardless of the program a student selects is the same, the difference lies in the entrance requirements. A student candidate must meet the Worsham College entrance requirements and the licensure requirements established by the state in which they intend to practice

(from Worsham College informational sheet)


Northbrook College of Healthcare in Wheeling
1400 S. Wolf Road - Suite 104
Wheeling, IL 60090
(847) 850-5700

Northbrook College of Health Care (NCOHC): a privately owned college that imparts quality education in the highest academic standards. Our curriculum and its delivery provide a learning experience that is progressive in approach yet classical in philosophy. This unique methodology leads to the development of the student into an ideal health care practitioner that is second to none. 

(from Northbrook College of Healthcare website)


Robert Morris University - Arlington Heights Campus
2123 South Goebbert Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

The Arlington Heights campus offers adults in Arlington Heights and surrounding communities an option to complete a bachelor’s degree close to work and home.

The adult schedule at RMU’s Arlington Heights campus is designed for students who work full-time and seek to fit college back on their schedule. Students maintain full-time status while attending class only two nights a week.

Scholarships are available for Wheeling residents.  Click here for more information.

Accredited Online Schools and Colleges

Accredited Online Schools and Colleges is an online comprehensive and informative resource that helps prospective students navigate the increasingly complex world of higher education. One of the most important factors in choosing a college is a school’s accreditation status. Accreditation agencies review multiple aspects of an institution: insuring schools can guarantee adequate library resources, qualified faculty, solid student achievement rates and financial aid access, as well as the ability to receive a license to work in fields that require licensure for practitioners.

(from Accredited Online Schools and Colleges website)


The Simple Dollar - A Guide to Affordable Online Schools and Colleges

A detailed guide that goes into depth on everything you need to know about the most affordable online colleges, bachelor’s degrees, and graduate degrees.

(from The Simple Dollar website)


Affordable Colleges Online - A guide for students and parents seeking quality online programs at an affordable price.

The continued rise in tuition and fees has many students and parents carefully analyzing the cost of college. Does community college make sense for two years? Is the private school worth the extra cash? Finding low-cost opportunities can be the key to more students getting the higher education they deserve. However, every family preparing to take the post-secondary plunge should make sure all college options on the table, especially the most affordable ones, have the proper accreditation. No matter which type of college, accreditation indicates a school has passed certain peer-based assessments and maintains faculty, staff and curricula dedicated to high-quality education. The Affordable Colleges Online website examines low-cost colleges — both traditional and online — and how accreditation ensures that even the least expensive colleges maintain certain quality standards.

(from The Affordable Colleges Online website)




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