Nationally Recognized

Lewis is committed to student success and we strive to make sure that our students receive a quality educational experience. External national recognitions have validated that. Lewis is pleased to be the only university in Illinois to be recognized by all of the following organizations:

Ranked #3 in Illinois recently ranked Lewis University as number 3 in their ranking of the "Best 4-year Colleges in Illinois.” Focused on affordability, flexibility and student services they used the most recent government data to evaluate colleges and universities across the country and published the findings here.

There were 1,649 4-year colleges and universities which were ranked. Criteria included full-time tuition, books and supplies as well as financial aid and student debt. Graduation rates as well as student support services, the ability to earn Advanced Placement and dual credit, career counseling and placement rates also were considered.

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Lewis in Top Tier Regional Midwest Universities

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Lewis University among the top tier in its rankings of Midwest Regional Universities.

U.S. News & World Report ranks institutions with a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs. The Best Colleges rankings provide a thorough examination of how nearly 1,800 accredited four-year schools compare on at least 11 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings and key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and graduation rate performance.

U.S. News' Best Colleges rankings is available on, which features extensive statistical profiles for each school. It also includes a college search for students and parents looking for the school that best fits their needs.

Princeton Review Recognizes Lewis as a Best in the Midwest
Princeton Review

Lewis University has been named by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Midwest” for 2019. The list is part of the company’s website feature, “2019 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”

The Princeton Review editors narrowed their choices based on institutional data the company collected directly from several hundred colleges in each region, staff visits to schools over the years, and the opinions college counselors and advisors whose recommendations the company invites. The Princeton Review stated, “Our selections also take into account what students at the schools report to us about their experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for this project. We ask every question that a prospective applicant might want to ask on a campus visit. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists.” 

The Princeton Review also rated colleges based on their academics, admissions selectivity, financial aid, campus safety, quality of life and green initiatives. More information on Lewis University’s ratings can be obtained at

Recognized as a College of Distinction

Lewis University has been nationally recognized by Colleges of Distinction. Lewis also has earned recognition as an Illinois College of Distinction and a Catholic College of Distinction.

College of Distinction

These honors are presented to colleges and universities that are identified by education professionals nationwide as providing a strong focus on teaching undergraduates, a variety of innovative learning opportunities, an active campus with opportunities for personal development, excellence in academics and outstanding student preparation. Lewis University was selected for providing an innovative, teacher-centered undergraduate education with a strong record of preparing its graduates for real-world success.

Colleges of Distinction is an online resource that helps students, their families and their counselors select colleges and universities. Colleges of Distinction strives to help students find a college where they can grow, learn and ultimately succeed for the rest of their lives. The online college guide describes schools that take a complete approach to admissions decisions, that consistently excel in providing undergraduate education and that have a truly national reputation.

Named a 2015 STEM Jobs Approved College
STEM Jobs Colleges

The inaugural list announced by STEM Jobs Magazine is the first of its kind to rate universities, colleges, community colleges and trade schools on their responsiveness and relevance to high-demand, high-growth STEM occupations. Over 1,600 colleges participated in the STEM Jobs ratings process. Colleges were scored on publicly available data and responses to proprietary survey questions around three key indicators of success: 1) program alignment to job demand, 2) job placement after graduation, and 3) diversity in a school’s STEM programs.

Daniel Nichols, President of STEM Jobs said, “Every parent needs transparent data to help them and their child find the right school. Plus, students need reliable information not only for four-year degrees, but for two-year degrees and certificate-programs that will prepare them for high-paying STEM careers.”

The STEM Jobs Approved Colleges ratings are based on rigorous quantitative assessment that measures colleges on criteria created with the assistance of an independent Academic Advisory Board. Lewis University has made a significant investment in developing and expanding STEM-related degree programs and facilities and delving into hands-on research impacting the environment. Enrollment in science-related majors has increased by 59% in the last five years.

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Named a Top 5 Best Private College Value in the Midwest

Lewis University has been selected for the Great Value Colleges online listing receiving the top ranking among private Illinois colleges and universities in the Midwest. Great Value Colleges is a highly rated website which assists students in finding colleges and universities that provide affordable degree and career options for students. 

Great Value Colleges
Promising “to help students get the best possible education for their money,” this website features a list of 50 top affordable colleges in the Midwest according to various criteria. Lewis is ranked fifth overall among private schools in the Midwest in terms of being judged a good value and outstanding in its “return on investment” for students.

Rankings are based on factors including academic programs, organizations, and retention.  The rate of tuition and actual expense of attendance also are considered, including costs for on-and-off campus students; the price for books, fees and incidentals; return on investment, and the availability of financial aid. Lewis is the only Illinois university among the Top 5 in the Midwest. The website notes that the University combines “qualities like research, scholarship, and service.”

Ranked #14 for Adult Students by Best Value Schools

Not all college students go to school straight from high school. Whether they chose to serve in the military, traveled around the world, took care of family, or decided to work before heading off to school, some students wait to attend college until later in life. The number of nontraditional students in college has increased since 2000.

Best Value Schools has ranked the Top 50 schools in the nation that have a nontraditional student body of 25% or higher. For additional information visit their website:

Ranked #1 Among Private Colleges in Illinois – Best for Vets
Best for Vets

Lewis was ranked the #1 private college in Illinois as a Best for Vets school. Nationally, Lewis was ranked 32/130 public and private four-year schools, being in the Top 7 among private schools. Colleges and universities across the country completed a rigorous survey of 150 questions, about their operations involving current and former service members and their families. Department of Education statistics were used to track student success and academic quality.

Broadly speaking, schools were evaluated in five categories: university culture, academic quality, student support, academic policies and financial aid. While the value of each section was comparable, university culture and student support were worth the most in the survey, and financial aid was worth the least. Many other factors were considered when developing the rankings. For the full Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 rankings, and survey methodology, go to

Named a 2016 Top Veteran-Friendly School
U.S. Veterans Magazine (USVM)

U.S. Veterans Magazine (USVM) has named Lewis University a 2016 Best of the Best Top Veteran-Friendly School.

U.S. Veterans Magazine (USVM) polled hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies for the Best of the Best evaluations. The annual review is an evaluation of the nation’s employers, initiatives, government agencies and educational institutions. These non-biased studies are valuable resources for job-seekers, business owners, students, consumers, senior management, business associations, employment agencies and consumer groups.

Ranked as One of the Top Catholic Colleges in Illinois by Best Catholic Colleges 2016
Best Catholic Colleges

Lewis University has been ranked Number 28 nationally and one of the top ranked in Illinois by the 2016 rankings of the 75 Best Catholic Colleges and Universities.

Qualifying factors considered in the distinction include academic reputation, financial aid offerings, overall cost and success of graduates in the post-college job market. Lewis University was ranked in 28th place nationally and first place in the state of Illinois. recognizes Lewis University in its listing for its commitment to the Lasallian educational experience, stating: “The Lasallian tradition is the hallmark of the university and continues to inform the direction of the school at every turn.” Lewis educational programs and its Lasallian Mission are based on five interconnecting values including knowledge, fidelity, wisdom, justice and association.

Visit for a full listing of the Best Catholic Colleges and Universities, 2016.

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