Lewis University opened the 2013-2014 academic year by welcoming 700 freshmen and nearly 500 new transfer students. The number of new students included a four percent increase in freshmen over last year and the largest number of traditional undergraduate transfer students in Lewis history.
“At Lewis, we are committed to the success of our students through quality academic programs, outstanding faculty, affordable education, and a collaborative atmosphere that asks the entire community to ‘Achieve More Together.’ Students are seeking excellence and value,” commented Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University.
The freshman class also has set an even more impressive academic record. The fall 2013 first year students have the highest standardized test scores, high school grade point average and high school class rank percentile in the university’s history.
Nursing and aviation remain the most popular programs for undergraduate studies at Lewis University, and significant gains have been noted in science, technology, engineering and mathematics enrollment. This year, more than 550 students are enrolled in the STEM fields (biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, information security, mathematics, physics and pre-engineering programs), an increase of 23 percent over last year with largest enrollment increases in biology, computer science, physics and pre-engineering.
“Our exceptional faculty and facilities are undoubtedly contributing to the significant increase of enrollment in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields,” commented Raymond Kennelly, senior vice president for enrollment management, marketing and planning.
Students are conducting ground-breaking research in the university’s new 50,000 square foot Science Center, where the science departments have some of the most impressive undergraduate laboratory resources in the region. The modern physics labs feature industry-grade optics and laser technology. Internationally-recognized nanotechnology research is being performed in chemistry labs. Computer science labs are housing the prep sessions for information security students competing in elite national cyber security competitions.
Other university enhancements also have been completed to better support the growing population at Lewis. Additions and renovations to the Oremus Fine Arts Building include a new art gallery and studio theatre. The purchase of the St. Charles Borromeo Center, adjacent to the Lewis campus, also increased classroom, office and residence space while adding 41 acres of open space to the university’s expansive campus. Unique in having attained arboretum status, the Lewis main campus in Romeoville now consists of 422 acres, unusual among private colleges and universities in Illinois.
The Lewis regional center in Oak Brook moved to an expanded space that includes a specialized lab for the College of Nursing and Health Professions Adult and Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program as well as the Family Nurse Practitioner program. The new facility allows the university the opportunity to expand its offerings, which currently include degree programs in business, finance, education, nursing, organizational leadership, healthcare leadership, criminal/social justice and public safety administration. The Lewis regional center in Albuquerque, New Mexico also doubled its classroom space to accommodate adult students earning degrees in business, aviation and healthcare, among others.
In addition to the physical improvements, the university has expanded its services to students. The University has established an Office of Veterans Affairs and Recruitment to support the more than 550 current military, veterans and their families as they transition to student life. The consistent pursuit of academic excellence continues to flourish, highlighted annually by a major event, the Celebration of Scholarship.
Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 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 connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.
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