Record enrollment results at Lewis University

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Record enrollment results at Lewis University

Published: August 29, 2011.

Another record-breaking year is unfolding for Lewis University due to continued growth in programs and enrollment. A Catholic and Lasallian institution, Lewis is welcoming its most academically qualified and largest freshmen class of more than 750 students.

Also for the first time in the University’s history, a record number of applications prompted Lewis to establish a waiting list for undergraduate admissions. Other significant firsts this academic year is the all-time high of nearly 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students and a record number of students living on campus.

“This year’s enrollment is indicative of how we remain fully engaged and dedicated to providing an enriching learning environment, access to distinctive academic programs, as well as a caring and competent faculty and staff. Lewis enables students to graduate as intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, socially responsible and globally aware alumni,” commented Brother James Gaffney, FSC, president of Lewis University.

Various initiatives and campus improvements, most notably the construction of a new Science Center which is expected to be completed in December, have continued to spur interest in several programs. All of the science and nursing programs experienced significant growth. Other programs that have swelled this year include psychology and sports management.

More students than ever are enrolled in the university’s hallmark programs, aviation. Along with programs on campus, a new Aviation Academy at the Lewis Chicago regional site will offer classes in Air Traffic Control Management and Aviation Administration, providing students at that site with a convenient option to earn their undergraduate degree in a rapidly growing profession.

“In today’s economy, our students are finding that Lewis University provides a high quality education at a real value that is unparalleled in the region. It’s an intellectually engaging environment that is also recognized nationally by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, Colleges of Distinction, among several others,” said Raymond Kennelly, vice president for enrollment. For the fourth consecutive year, Lewis University’s annual undergraduate tuition rate increase (4.2 percent) is about 10 percent less than the national average (4.6 percent) for private colleges and universities.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally aware, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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Lolita said:
Way to go Lewis. As a parent of a new freshman this instills a lot of confidence.

Marcy said:
Proud of be a part of positive records and growth. Good luck, Lewis students and staff. Blessings for a great year!

Emily McCarney said:
For all the new parents and students, as an alumni, I can honestly say that going to Lewis for my bachelor's degree was one of the BEST decisions I have made on my own as an adult. Enjoy your time here. It goes by very quickly!

Chelsea said:
Man, I sure am proud to be apart of this freshman class. It feels like a real honor.

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