Aviation & Transportation Department

If you’re planning to study aviation you go to Chicago.

With O’Hare International Airport, the 2nd busiest airport in the world for takeoffs and landings and four seasons of weather, there’s no better place to gain the experience you need for a top career in aviation.

If you’re going to study marine biology, you go to the coast. If you’re going to study acting, you’ll go to New York or Los Angeles. If you’re going to study aviation, you’ll choose Chicago and Lewis University. Lewis University programs are FAA-approved and nationally ranked. With both O’Hare and Midway International connections, and an airport right on-campus, Lewis is the perfect place to study aviation.

Since 1932, Lewis University has been a leader in aviation education. In addition to state-of-the art facilities and solid aviation skills, you’ll learn problem solving, ethical decision-making and critical thinking skills, making you very attractive to the aviation industry. Recent research shows 558,000 commercial pilots and 609,000 maintenance technicians will be needed by 2034. With this, our students are in demand more than ever. Many times, they are recruited right from the classroom. Our programs will not only provide you with aviation skills, but with a well-rounded business, management, and liberal arts education – Lewis University is where careers take flight.

  • Located near the largest aviation city in the nation

  • 71% of the students studying aviation in Illinois attend Lewis

  • Comprehensive program with 8 majors and 6 minors of study

  • Professors have years of industry experience in all areas of aviation

  • 15:1 student to faculty ratio

  • 1-to-1 flight training: Students work one-on-one with their flight instructor during their flight time

  • Aircraft fleet of 25 for both single and multi-engine training, featuring 8 Cessna 172S models with glass cockpit

  • Networking opportunities for students right on campus including our annual Aviation Career Conference, Mentorship Day, and Aviation & Transportation: Meet the Firms Day

  • 2013 Loening Trophy Recipient

Sign up for our Campus Visit Days, or contact Chris Stevens at (815) 836-5920 or stevench@lewisu.edu to learn more.