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.
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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 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).
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
- Rick Huisman, Noted Professional Baseball Player
- John Lopreino, Eminent Television Actor in One Life to Live
- John Caponera, Eminent Television Actor And Comedian
- Jay Zawaski, Noted Producer for WSCR the Score and The Danny Mac Show
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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.
- Schackmuth, Kurt. Wassberg, Carol. Lewis University: The Campus History Series. Arcadia Pub, 2002. Print.
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