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Founded in 1932 as the Holy Name Technical School by the Chicago Archdiocese and Bishop Bernard J. Sheil; Lewis University is a private Roman Catholic and Lasallian university located in Romeoville, Illinois. The institution is named after philanthropist Frank J. Lewis who funded the creation of many of the school’s buildings. After a few names and status changes, it was finally renamed Lewis University in 1973.


Lewis offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and programs of study, over 20 graduate programs, and accelerated programs for working adults. Lewis University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. It also holds several other discipline based accreditations from agencies such as the State of Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

The Aviation programs offered at Lewis are approved by Federal Aviation Administration under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) – Approved Flight School, Approved Dispatcher Program, and Approved Aviation Maintenance Technician School. The teacher education programs are approved by the Illinois State Board of Education in conjunction with the Illinois State Teacher Certification Board. The College of Education has earned NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) authorization.

Schools and Colleges

Lewis University is composed of the following academic divisions: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Nursing and Health Professions, School for Professional and Continuing Education. Apart from the main campus, the University also operates campuses at Chicago, Hickory Hills, Oak Brook, Shorewood, Tinley Park, Albuquerque, and Kirtland Education Center.

Lewis Online

Lewis University offers online courses and degree programs for students who are unable to attend a regular college. Some of the courses include Aviation and Transportation, MS; Fire Service Administration, BA; Information Security, MS; Organizational Leadership, MA; Nursing, MSN; and Public Safety Administration, MS. Students can take the online classes anytime and anywhere.

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Applying to Lewis is quite easy. Freshman students must send the completed application form along with their official high school transcript, and their ACT/ SAT score. Transferring to the university is also relatively easy. You must send all the official transcripts from previously attended institutes. International students are welcome at the institute. Applicants must send their ACT/ SAT score along with the other official transcripts. Students whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Application deadlines are first week of July (Fall session) and the first week of November (Spring Session).

Financial Aid

Lewis University believes in providing equal opportunities for all. It offers a variety of financial aid programs such as grants, scholarships, and loans to meet the educational needs of the students. Applicants seeking financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Some of the federal and state grants offered at the University include Lasallian Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG, Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP Grant), and TEACH Grant Program.

There are also several scholarships offered at Lewis University. Some of them are the Frank J. Lewis Scholarship, Michael and Frances Fitzpatrick Scholarship, Bishop Sheil Scholarship, Christian Brothers Achievement Award, Lasallian High School Scholarship, Alumni Legacy Scholarship, Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, and International Scholarship.

Loans are another form of financial aid offered at the institution, but loans must be repaid with interest. Types of loans available to students include the Federal Direct Loan (subsidized and unsubsidized), Federal Perkins Loan, Federal PLUS Loan, and Student Employment. Lewis also offers federal work-study programs to the students.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1900th for the average student loan amount.
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Student life at Lewis University is fun and abuzz with activities. The Student Governing Board (SGB) represents the Lewis community comprising all students, clubs and organizations. The Student Governing Board is the most important student organization whose campus activities are moderated by the Dean of Student services, and the Assistant to the Dean of Student Services. Students are encouraged to join the various on-campus student clubs and organizations in diverse areas of interest.

Greek life also has a strong presence on the campus. The sororities and fraternities are governed by InterFraternity Council (IFC), National Pan Hellenic Council (NPHC), and InterOrganizational Council (IOC). The Greek organizations include Gamma Phi Omega, Sigma Lambda Gamma, Theta Kappa Pi, Alpha Eta Rho (coed), Phi Iota Alpha, and Sigma Lambda Beta.

The Commuter Council (CC) looks after the needs of the commuter students who form a large part of the institute. It organizes events and activities keeping their interest in mind. The PULSE is a student-run organization that plans, organizes, markets and decides what kind of events should be brought to campus.

Campus Facility:

The library at Lewis University offers a vast collection of newspapers, journals, magazines, reference materials and so on. It is also accessible online. There is always a librarian available to assist students find a book. The University also houses a Career Center to help students make the right career decisions in their life. The Counseling center offers useful advice on academic, personal and professional issues.

Lewis University offers decent housing options for the students in a clean and learning environment. There are several residence halls that include Cody Hall, De La Salle Hall North, De La Salle Hall South, Dorothy Day Hall, Fitzpatrick Hall, Founders Hall, North Hall, Pope John Paul II Hall, Ryan Hall, Sheil Hall, and South Hall. The residence halls are equipped with modern facilities such as Internet and voicemail service, laundry facilities, micro-fridge, local phone calls, and cable television.

The University also offers dining facilities within the campus in various outlets such as Charlie’s Place, Courtyard Café, Flyers Den, and Common Grounds Convenience Store. These dining outlets make for great hangout spots for students between classes.

Media and Publications:

The Flyer is the official student newspaper of the Lewis University.

Lewis University has its own television network as well as its own radio station, WLRA/FM 88.1.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Lewis University’s athletic department sponsors men’s and women’s teams that takes part in sports such as softball, swimming, tennis, baseball, basketball, volleyball, golf and soccer. They take part in the NCAA Division II as a part of the Great Lakes Valley Conference and the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The sports teams are nicknamed as the Flyers and Lady Flyers. Their colors are Red and White.


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Additional School Information

Lewis University has been mentioned as one of the best colleges in the region for the last two consecutive years by prestigious publications like The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report.


  • Lewis University. 2011.
  • Schackmuth, Kurt. Wassberg, Carol. Lewis University: The Campus History Series. Arcadia Pub, 2002. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 24th in Illinois and 680th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.03
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 7 0.11

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 13 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 2 0.01
Robbery 7 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 119 0.30
Larceny 624 1.57
Vehicle theft 21 0.05

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Romeoville, IL 60446-2200
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population20,141 (20,004 urban / 137 rural)
Households6,733 (2.99 people per house)
Median Household Income$60,692
Families5,367 (3.34 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle doctoral (education)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Congressional District1703

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 672nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $26,780 $26,780 $26,780
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $790 $790 $790
FT Graduate Tuition $13,950 $13,950 $13,950
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $775 $775 $775
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $39,335 $39,335 $39,335
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $36,780 $36,780 $36,780
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $30,280 $30,280 $30,280

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $24,770 $25,770 $24,770 $25,770 $24,770 $25,770
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,900 $9,200
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,975 $2,000
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,200 $6,400
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,375 $2,475
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,375 $2,475

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application Fee$40
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,432 (2,248 male / 3,184 female)
Admitted 3,035 (1,219 male / 1,816 female)
Admission rate 56%
First-time Enrollment 694 (313 male / 381 female)
FT Enrollment 694 (313 male / 381 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment6,525

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Great Lakes Valley Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Great Lakes Valley Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Great Lakes Valley Conference

ACT Test Admission

542nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 96%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 26
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 26

SAT Test Admission

685th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 3%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 550
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 590
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 920 / 1140

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,320
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,160
Board Fee$3,770

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 27 165 189 44 4 1,113 148 1,706
Accounting 1 3 3 1 14 4 26
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing
Air Traffic Controller 3 5 2 36 6 52
Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician 1 1
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew
Art/Art Studies, General 2 2
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 1 2
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations 2 5 8 3 36 6 61
Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician
Biochemistry 5 5
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 2 23 3 29
Business Administration and Management, General 6 26 25 6 2 126 20 214
Business/Commerce, General 1 1 2
Business/Managerial Economics 1 3 4
Chemical Physics
Chemistry, General 1 1 6 4 12
Commercial and Advertising Art 1 2 7 10
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services, Other
Community Organization and Advocacy 1 7 2 10
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science 1 10 1 12
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 12 5 5 4 16 4 46
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other 10 2 25 6 43
Counseling Psychology 4 1 25 1 31
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 11 5 2 59 2 80
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 14 26 80 12 135
Curriculum and Instruction 2 1 14 2 19
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 1 1
Design and Visual Communications, General 1 1
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 1 1 2
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Drawing 1 1
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 4 23 5 32
Elementary Education and Teaching 2 7 30 1 40
English Language and Literature, General 1 1 8 10
Environmental Science 1 1
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 1 1
Finance, General 2 1 1 13 4 21
Fire Services Administration 1 7 1 9
Forensic Science and Technology 3 4 10 17
General Studies
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 6 3 8 5 23
History, General 2 17 19
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other 3 5 8
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 2 7 1 13 4 27
Information Resources Management 2 1 4 7
Information Science/Studies
International Business/Trade/Commerce 1 1
International Relations and Affairs
Journalism 2 2
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 1 4 8 13
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 3 3 9 1 16
Management Information Systems, General 4 4
Management Science 2 2
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 2 2 15 2 21
Mass Communication/Media Studies 1 1 5 7
Mathematics, General 3 8 13
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 2 2
Music Management 2 2
Music, General 1 1
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist 2 2
Nursing Administration 9 5 4 57 3 78
Organizational Behavior Studies 1 15 8 1 51 13 90
Organizational Communication, General
Philosophy, Other 1 1 1 3
Physics, General 1 1
Political Science and Government, General 1 1 10 1 13
Project Management
Psychology, General 7 7 3 58 3 79
Public Administration
Public Relations/Image Management 2 7 10
Radiation Protection/Health Physics Technician
Radio and Television 1 5 2 8
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
Reading Teacher Education 7 7
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 10 21 12 136 22 203
Religion/Religious Studies 2 2
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 5 6
Secondary School Administration/Principalship
Security and Loss Prevention Services
Social Work 4 3 1 8 16
Sociology 1 1 4 6
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 3 1 1 39 4 49
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 3 4 7
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 2 3 19 1 26
Superintendency and Educational System Administration
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
Transportation and Materials Moving, Other

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 675th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $81,193 ($89,241 male / $70,579 female)
Number of FT Faculty 216 (105 male / 111 female)
Number of PT Faculty 622
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $7,133,542

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