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Academics

A Catholic university on the outskirts of Chicago, Lewis University provides “small class sizes,” “smart and approachable professors,” and especially “strong programs in aviation, nursing, and criminal justice.” Professors are big on “discussions more often than lectures,” and generally “make lessons fun and interesting.” One student praises courses within the Psychology department for having “designed their courses to mimic graduate school courses, and strongly emphasize research…and clinical counseling skills.” Students say their “overall academic experience is a great one” and praise Lewis for “constantly providing more opportunities for research or internships” and for “additional student services,” such as career services, which provides assistance in the way of “resume reviews, mock interviews” and “help applying to graduate school.” These services are made available to students “even after they’ve graduated from Lewis.”

Student Body

The Lewis student body is “down to earth,” “supportive,” and “typically small-town people dreaming of going to bigger places.” The size of the school and the large commuter population means, “there is a tight-knit community within…disciplines.” Many students transfer in from local junior colleges in the area. There’s also a “large amount of veteran students due to the school being considered a yellow-ribbon school.” Additionally, other non-traditional and older students are attracted to Lewis “because it offers online classes and is close to suburban areas.” One student says, “Though a predominantly Catholic student body, there are still many students of all multicultural backgrounds and religious practices.”

Campus Life

Lewis is largely a commuter school, where it is estimated that “about 40 percent” of the student body lives off campus. Students report a “quiet but focused and determined” environment, with most focused on their studies “in the library or computer lab.” Students may also venture into Romeoville for food or the “nature trail,” but students say it’s important to know that Lewis is in a “quiet town,” so they often have to “make [their] own fun.” On campus, the recreation center provides a “small arcade” and “pool hall,” (called Flyer’s Lounge) along with “decent food.” Students contribute to the school “in one way or another either through sports, STEM committees, or recreational clubs.” Chicago is close by, allowing residential students to get away on weekends and check out what the city has to offer.

Overview

Applicants
5,876
Acceptance Rate
58%
Average HS GPA
3.48

GPA Breakdown

33%
Over 3.75
22%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
13%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 600
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 600
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 26

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
662
with Terminal Degree
211

349
Women
313
Men
97
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
48%
Graduate in 5 years
64%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Biomedical Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business/Managerial Economics.
  • E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce.
  • Finance, General.
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General.
  • Information Resources Management.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Organizational Leadership.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia.
  • Journalism.
  • Organizational Communication, General.
  • Public Relations/Image Management.
  • Radio and Television.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance.
  • Computer Science.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Computer Engineering, General.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Athletic Training/Trainer.
  • Dental Hygiene/Hygienist.
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician.
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management.
  • Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist.
  • Radiation Protection/Health Physics Technician.
  • Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.
  • Forensic Science and Technology.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MECHANIC AND REPAIR TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS.

  • Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy, Other.
  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Administration.
  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • TRANSPORTATION AND MATERIALS MOVING.

  • Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General.
  • Air Traffic Controller.
  • Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew.
  • Aviation/Airway Management and Operations.
  • Transportation and Materials Moving, Other.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Commercial and Advertising Art.
  • Design and Visual Communications, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Drawing.
  • Music Management.
  • Music, General.
  • Painting.


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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Kathryn 'Kay' Cannon
American Screenwriter, Producer, Director and Actress

Charles Ramsey
Retired Police Commissioner, Philadelphia Police Department

John Caponera
Comedian, Actor

Bryan Durkin
President, CME Group

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
48%
Graduate in 5 years
64%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
May 1
Notification Date
Nov 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,339

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$17,636

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,493

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
80%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$35,284

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$22,576

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$33,270
Required Fees
$150
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,500

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,500
Transportation for Commuters
$688

On-Campus Room and Board
$10,820
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,351
Foreign Countries Represented
28

Demographics

5.12%
Asian
5.55%
African-American
20.75%
Hispanic
59.02%
Caucasian
4.72%
Unknown
1.92%
International

51% female
49% male
7% are out of state
82% are full time
18% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
24%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
50%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Center for Academic Success & Enrichment (CASE) Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Angelia Martinez

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Documentation may include educational or medical records, reports and assessments created by health care providers, school psychologists, teachers, or the educational system. This information is inclusive of documents that reflect education and accommodation history, such as an Individual Education Program (IEP), Summary of Performance (SOP) and teacher observations. Helpful information in documentation includes: ?A specific diagnosis and date of diagnosis. ?Specific and current findings that support the diagnosis (relevant medical history, tests administered, date of the most current evaluation). ?A description of substantial day-to-day functional limitations. ?Specific recommendations for accommodation(s) including a detailed explanation of why the accommodation is needed. If the accommodation includes extra time on exams, specify the amount of time. A student?s narrative of his or her experience of disability, barriers, and effective and ineffective accommodations will be considered as documentation during the structured interview with the Learning Access Coordinator. Students in clinical or pre-professional programs may be advised to update their documentation with a qualified professional prior to the clinical component of their program or prior to taking a certification exam. If the Learning Access Coordinator determines that additional information is necessary to facilitate accommodations, the student may be asked to have a licensed medical professional complete a disability verification form.

Documentation Required for ADHD

Documentation may include educational or medical records, reports and assessments created by health care providers, school psychologists, teachers, or the educational system. This information is inclusive of documents that reflect education and accommodation history, such as an Individual Education Program (IEP), Summary of Performance (SOP) and teacher observations. Helpful information in documentation includes: ?A specific diagnosis and date of diagnosis. ?Specific and current findings that support the diagnosis (relevant medical history, tests administered, date of the most current evaluation). ?A description of substantial day-to-day functional limitations. ?Specific recommendations for accommodation(s) including a detailed explanation of why the accommodation is needed. If the accommodation includes extra time on exams, specify the amount of time. A student?s narrative of his or her experience of disability, barriers, and effective and ineffective accommodations will be considered as documentation during the structured interview with the Learning Access Coordinator. Students in clinical or pre-professional programs may be advised to update their documentation with a qualified professional prior to the clinical component of their program or prior to taking a certification exam. If the Learning Access Coordinator determines that additional information is necessary to facilitate accommodations, the student may be asked to have a licensed medical professional complete a disability verification form.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
120
Number of Honor Societies
15

Number of Social Sororities
5
Number of Religious Organizations
4

2% join a fraternity
4% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

9% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Lewis Flyers)
12 Sports

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

Basketball
Bowling
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
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.

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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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell & Apple

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, Art Museum and Museum of Science & Industry
Downtown Naperville for dining, shopping and entertainment

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M, T, W, R, F, Sat
M-F 8:30 am to 5 pm; Sat 9 am to noon
(815) 836-5250

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
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
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. PACE Bus System Route 754 from downtown Chicago to Lewis Campus, and PACE Bus System Route 834 Joliet-Downers Grove covers local communities between Joliet's Union Station to Yorktown Center. The Metra Train Station (Joliet Union Station, Lockport Train Station, Downers Grove Train Station) with drop off points to Chicago. Limousine Service, Peoria Charter Coach Company Service for airport pickups and drop-offs. Taxi, limousine, Uber, and Lyft services are also available to students. Lewis University free scheduled shuttle service to local communities (Romeoville, Joliet, Naperville) shopping, dining and entertainment.

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 Hotel Bolingbrook, Best Western, Clarion Hotel & Convention Center, Comfort Inn, Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Days Inn & Suites, Extended Stay America, Fairfield Inn by Marriott, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn, Home2 Suites by Hilton, Quality Inn, Ramada Inn, Residence Inn by Marriott, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Super 8, TownePlace Suites by Marriott, Wingate by Wyndham, and WoodSpring Suites


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