Outstanding Value

With one of the lowest private college tuition rates in Illinois, and over 90% of our students receiving financial aid, many students receive the benefits of a Lewis education for less than the cost of attending a state university.


Lewis University offers one of the best values in higher education in the Midwest. Our low tuition makes us one of the most affordable private colleges in the Chicago region and the state of Illinois. As part of our commitment to our Lasallian heritage, we provide access to a diverse student population. The majority of our incoming freshman students receive financial assistance from the University.


Cited by U.S. News and World Report as “Top Tier” and The Princeton Review as “A Midwest Best”, Lewis University is one of five universities in the United States sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers.


In our annual Tuition Survey, we found Lewis University to be the most affordable Catholic university in the Chicago metropolitan area. In addition, over 90% of our students receive financial assistance to attend.


  • Instruction is done by qualified faculty, not teaching assistants. 13 to 1 student to faculty ratio.
  • 90% of classes have fewer than 30 students. Average class size is 26.
  • Over 80 academic programs to choose from.
  • Comprehensive opportunities of a large university with the convenience and accessibility of a small college.
  • Career and professional preparation that ensures a bright future.

Public vs. Private

You might be weighing the cost difference between a private and state institution. Despite the “sticker price” difference between public and private universities, factors such as time to degree can have a significant impact on your overall cost of attendance. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 64 percent of bachelor’s degree recipients at private colleges completed their studies in four years, while only 30 percent did so at state institutions. The addition of a fifth or sixth year of educational expenses at a state school can result in an overall higher educational cost than a private school. The additional time to degree at a state institution also delays entry into the job market or the start of a graduate program.

Plan For Your Future

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, college graduates on average earn $30,000 more annually than high school graduates. The gap grows even wider for those who pursue a masters or doctoral degree. Whether you consider lifetime earnings, job satisfaction, or the ability to adapt to a changing economy earning a college degree continues to be the best investment you can make in your future.