About Lewis University

Outstanding Academic Choices

Located 35 miles outside of downtown Chicago, 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 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. Lewis University has been named as one of America's best colleges by U.S.News & World Report, consistently ranking in the top tier of best Midwest master's-level universities.

Experienced Faculty

Lewis has 200 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.

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. The Lewis location in Oak Brook provides a convenient access for working adults. Additionally, classes are offered at numerous sites throughout the greater Chicagoland area. Adult undergraduate and graduate programs are offered in Albuquerque, N.M.


Lewis has 6,200 undergraduate and graduate students. Many are from the Chicago region, with international students representing more than 25 countries. Lewis welcomes students of all cultures and religious faiths with a 30 percent minority population. More than 40 percent of the total undergraduate population are adult students who balance work, family responsibilities and service to their communities, while attending classes.


Lewis University is accredited by, and a member of, the Higher Learning Commission. .

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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