About Us

President's Greeting

Welcome to Lewis University. As you explore our Web site, you will quickly recognize that Lewis is a highly dynamic, student-focused and mid-sized University of regional distinction, with nearly 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students, offering small interactive classes, high quality academic programs, impressive academic facilities, and a very dedicated, well-qualified faculty who truly care for our students. At Lewis, we are united in our commitment to overall student success. Our pledge to our students is that we will “Achieve More.Together.”

The seventh largest private, not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs, NCAA Division II athletics, a wide range of campus activities, a wonderfully-diverse community and many service-learning opportunities. Student-centered, Lewis combines a liberal arts focused education with practical and relevant professional education to contribute to students’ success throughout their careers and in their lifetime. Our students graduate ready for their careers and for advanced study as well.

Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition, preparing our students to become intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, socially responsible and globally connected. The University is one of nearly 70 in the worldwide Lasallian network. Small, personalized classes provide faculty with abundant opportunities to interact with our students and effectively involve them in various learning projects and relevant research. Moreover, the University works in partnership with area employers and communities to provide our students with hands-on learning and leadership opportunities. We also work carefully with them to encourage their graduating within four years and to ensure that they are not burdened with unreasonable debt after graduation.

I invite you to learn more about this very special University, located on a beautiful campus of more than 400 acres, which is secure, self-contained, and located only 30 minutes from the world class city of Chicago. Nearly 1,400 resident students live in 12 residence halls. Classes also are offered online and at seven regional sites. Learn more about the campus by taking a Virtual Tour or e-mail us at webmaster@lewisu.edu. I hope you will consider visiting Lewis to learn first-hand of our high-quality, career-enhancing education, which promotes the holistic education of all students, as well as a spirit of community and social justice. You will discover that a Lewis University education is a great investment in your future success.

Sincerely,

Brother James Gaffney, FSC
President