Students Say

Lewis University is a suburban Catholic liberal arts school that provides “individualized attention,” “a Christian influence,” oodles of “personal attention,” and “a lot of financial aid.” Lewis boasts an “excellent aviation and nursing program.” There’s also a “Forensic Criminal Investigation program”---just like on CSI. “Classes are very challenging” and teaching is a serious priority. “I love that Lewis is a small university,” beams a nursing major. “The class sizes are small which allows for a lot of student-professor interaction.” “For the most part,” professors are “extremely dedicated” and “very accessible.”

Overview

Applicants
5,786
Acceptance Rate
62%
Average HS GPA
3.38

GPA Breakdown

27%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
19%
3.25 - 3.49
17%
3.00 - 3.24
17%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
500 - 570
SAT Math
490 - 570
ACT Composite
21 - 25

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

Lewis University is a suburban Catholic liberal arts school that provides “individualized attention,” “a Christian influence,” oodles of “personal attention,” and “a lot of financial aid.” Lewis boasts an “excellent aviation and nursing program.” There’s also a “Forensic Criminal Investigation program”---just like on CSI. “Classes are very challenging” and teaching is a serious priority. “I love that Lewis is a small university,” beams a nursing major. “The class sizes are small which allows for a lot of student-professor interaction.” “For the most part,” professors are “extremely dedicated” and “very accessible.” The president receives high praise: “Brother James is always around campus” “talking to students,” and he “knows more than half the student body by name.” Administrators “always try to find a way to help you.” However, students find that “there’s a lot of bouncing around from one office to the next.” In addition, Lewis is “expanding,” and some students gripe that the administration is “a little slow in trying to accommodate the growing population.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
694
with Terminal Degree
254

348
Men
346
Women
103
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
68%
Graduate in 5 years
96%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral Other
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Kathryn 'Kay' Cannon
Writer & Actress, NBC Television

Scott Colabuono
CEO, Fantastic Sams International Corp.

John Caponera
Comedian, Actor

Bryan Durkin
COO & Managing Director, CME Group

Joe Perrino
President & CEO, Home Run Inn

Charles Ramsey
Police Commissioner, Philadelphia Police Department

Karen Hackett
CEO, Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
79
Application Deadlines
May 1
Notification Date
Feb 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$16,766

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$14,019

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,421

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$33,748

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
80%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$16,000

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$28,940
Required Fees
$100
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,350
Transportation for Commuters
$660

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

“A typical Lewis student comes from a middle-class suburban background,” usually “somewhere in the Chicago area.” This “typical student is not a big partier” and participates “in extracurricular activities.” “Everyone is friendly” and “very welcoming.” Students here are “pretty intelligent,” “very goal-oriented,” and “well-rounded with good morals and values.” “Strong religious belief” is very common, and University Ministry attracts “many students.” “There are a lot of athletes at school.” Most students are “white” and some would like “to see more diversity” on campus. Many students at Lewis have “a close group of friends you usually never see them without.” Though there is a sense of “strong separation between commuters and residents,” students report that “everyone seems to fit in.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,752
Out of State
6%

International
1%
Foreign Countries Represented
20

Demographics

3.26%
Asian
7.14%
African-American
18.35%
Hispanic
65.93%
Caucasian
2.45%
Unknown

56% female
44% male
6% are out of state
80% are full time
20% are part time

Overview

Students Say

“Life at Lewis is a great experience,” maintains a happy senior. “The people are great” and “there is always something to do” on this “beautiful, tranquil campus.” “Intramurals are very popular” as are “karaoke nights,” and “the plays and musicals put on by students are a wonderful way to enjoy a night on campus.” “Catholic community” is also a big deal and there is “an abundance of volunteer programs” both “local and abroad.” Detractors complain that because “Lewis University is a big commuter school,” many students “go home on the weekends, and parties “are shut down by midnight.” Plus, the food “could improve,” and “rules are very strict.” However, “Lewis is located perfectly to have quick and easy access” to other universities throughout the state.” Chicago is “close” as well, and it offers “many different activities.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
28%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
84
First-Year Students living on campus
59%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
96

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
120
Number of Honor Societies
15

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
4

4% join a fraternity
4% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

8% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Lewis Flyers)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Women's Sports (Lewis Flyers)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Olivet Nazarene University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Illinois Institute of Technology

Sustainability

Lewis University deepens its commitment to sustainability with every passing year. In 2012, the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact awarded Lewis a bronze standard recognition level recognition of sustainability impact, and in 2013, the ICSC awarded Lewis at the silver level. This commitment informs the Lewis academic experience as well: students who concentrate in environmental science can further specialize in ecology or sustainability, and also benefit from local internship, volunteer, and curricular opportunities at institutions like the Morton Arboretum and the Shedd Aquarium. Annually, Lewis sponsors a Come Clean, Go Green Sustainability Contest, which in turn funds the creation and implementation of its winning projects. Students plant trees on Arbor Day and clear invasive species from campus nature trails on Earth Day, all coordinated by the Lewis University Sustainability Council. The campus collects and repurposes rainwater via collection sites, permeable pavers, bioswales, and The Glen filtration site and reservoir. Food waste is composted by Lewis’s dining services, as is landscaping waste from the campus’s beautiful nature trails (there is also a prairie restoration project maintained through environmental science classes). The campus excels similarly in energy conservation, using occupancy sensors, LED lights, Energy Star rated appliances, and white and green roofs to reduce energy consumption. Two electric-vehicle charging stations have been installed on campus for students, faculty, and staff. Lewis’s Student Pledge asks students for their commitment “to promote responsible stewardship of our environment and limited resources,” and the university itself sets a fine example of doing just that.

Green Rating
91
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
65%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
25

Average Number of PC's per Lab
24

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell & Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Ryan Cockerill
Director of Admission

Address
One University Parkway
Unit #297
Romeoville, IL 60446

Phone
(815) 836-5250

Email
admissions@lewisu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Harold E. White Aviation Center
Main Quad & Flyers Den
Student Recreation and Fitness Center
College of Nursing & College of Business
Science Building

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Magnificent Mile - Chicago
Chicago Lakefront & Navy Pier
United Center, Soldier Field, Wrigley Field & US Cellular Field
Field Museum, Planetarium, Aquarium, Museum of Science & Industry
Art Institute of Chicago

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M, T, W, R, F, Sat
M-F 9 to 4, Sat 9-11
(815) 836-5250

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: M, T, W, R, F (9, 11, 2) Sat (10 am)
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
select dates throughout the school year

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@lewisu.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Taxis, PACE Bus System, Metra Train Station (Joliet Union Station, Lockport Train Station, Downers Grove Train Station), Limousine Service, Chicago's Midway and O'Hare Airports (the Lewis University Airport is a designated reliever airport for O’Hare International with two runways that serve a diversity of aircraft types and feature several instrument approaches.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Chicago: Take I-55 (Stevenson Expressway) south to Weber Road. Continue south on Weber Road to Renwick Road. Turn left (east) on Renwick Road, and continue left to Route 53. Turn left on Route 53 north. The Lewis campus is 1/2 mile on your left. From the North: Take the I-355 tollway going south until you reach I-55. Take I-55 south to Weber Road. Continue south on Weber Road to Renwick Road. Turn left (east) on Renwick Road, and continue to Route 53. Turn left on Route 53 north. The Lewis campus is 1/2 mile on your left. From the East/West: Take I-80 east to the Larkin Avenue (Route 7) exit in Joliet. Go north on Larkin (it joins Weber Road) to Renwick Road. Turn right (east) on Renwick Road and proceed to Route 53. Turn left on Route 53 north. The Lewis campus is 1/2 mile on your left. From Joliet: Take Larkin Avenue north to join Weber Road. Continue north on Weber Road to Renwick Road. Turn right (east) on Renwick Road. Turn left on Route 53 north. The Lewis campus is 1/2 mile on your left.

Local Accommodations
Aloft Bolingbrook, Best Western, Country Inn & Suites, Days Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Lexington Inn & Suites, Comfort Inn, Hampton Inn, Fairfield Inn, Wingate by Wyndham
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Key Stats

5,786
Applicants
4,752
Size
62%
Acceptance Rate
1060
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists