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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.

Contact & Visit

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
Brother James Gaffney, FSC Student Center
Main Quad & Flyers Den
Student Recreation and Fitness Center
Harold E. White Aviation Center
Oremus Fine Arts Center

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

Admissions

Applicants: 6,674
Acceptance Rate: 64%
Average HS GPA: 3.54






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