About Us

Lewis at a Glance

Outstanding Academic Choices

Located in the Midwest, Lewis University is a comprehensive, Catholic university, where the traditions of liberal learning, values and preparation for professional work come together with a synergy that gives the university its educational identity and focus. Founded in 1932, Lewis is a dynamic, coeducational university offering more than 80 undergraduate majors and programs of study, 25 graduate programs, and certificates of advanced study. Lewis is one of many schools sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, an international Roman Catholic teaching order, with more than 320 years of teaching experience in the Lasallian tradition.

Experienced Faculty

Lewis has 210 full-time faculty members who take their students' personal and professional success to heart. The majority hold terminal degrees in their fields. Many are experienced practitioners. The student/faculty ratio is 13:1.


Lewis University is accredited by, and a member of, the Higher Learning Commission. The College of Nursing and Health Professions’ basic professional program is approved by the State of Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. The baccalaureate/master's programs at Lewis University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202)887-6791. For more information, visit the CCNE. The College of Business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. Department of Aviation programs are approved by the Federal Aviation Administration under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR): Approved Dispatcher Program, Approved Flight School, and Approved Aviation Maintenance Technician School. The Athletic Training Education Program is accredited by CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education). The Social Work Program has been awarded initial accreditation through 2017 by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation. All teacher education programs are approved for entitlement by the Illinois State Board of Education in conjunction with the Illinois State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board. In addition, the College of Education has earned NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) accreditation. For further information, visit the NCATE Web site at www.ncate.org. Inquiries concerning regional accreditation should be directed to the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604. By phone, (800) 621-7440 or (312) 263-0456.

Lewis University is exempt from regulation by the New Mexico Higher Education Department by virtue of its status as an accredited institution by The Higher Learning Commission.

A Welcoming Campus

The Lewis main campus in Romeoville, Illinois, is a picturesque 410-acre setting which houses more than 1,300 students in 12 residence halls, all within walking distance of well-equipped classrooms, the library, the JFK Recreation and Fitness Center, the Student Union, and the Sancta Alberta Chapel. Lewis regional campuses are located in Chicago, Oak Brook, Tinley Park, Hickory Hills and Shorewood. All campuses are easily accessible to corporate offices in Chicago and the suburbs, making it easy for students to complete professional internships. In 2009, a site was opened in Albuquerque to continue the Lasallian tradition of education in the Southwest. Also, Lewis offers several degree programs in an online format to allow students an option to learn when and where they wish.


Lewis has nearly 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Many are from the Chicago region, with international students representing more than 30 countries. Lewis welcomes students of all cultures and religious faiths with a 32 percent minority population.

Student Life

Enriched by a diverse population, Lewis offers an inviting community. With more than 100 clubs and organizations, and 20 intercollegiate NCAA Division II athletic teams, Lewis has something of interest for everyone. Activities include the theatre and performing arts, intramural sports and athletics, a nationally recognized scholars program, and peer ministry and volunteerism.

Financial Aid

85 percent of Lewis students receive some sort of financial aid. Last year, more than 20 million dollars of institutional dollars were awarded based on need, financial merit, or academic achievement.

Mission Statement

Lewis University, guided by its Catholic and Lasallian heritage, provides a diverse student population programs for liberal and professional education, grounded in the interaction of knowledge and fidelity in the search for truth. Lewis promotes the development of the complete person through the pursuit of wisdom and justice. Fundamental to its Mission is a spirit of association which fosters community in all teaching, learning, and service.

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