Lewis University

Key information:

University Location:

Romeoville, Illinois, USA

Type of Institution:

4-year University

Suitable for:

High school leavers                  

Transfer students                   

Graduate students

Majors:

80+ Bachelor programs (including Aviation, Biology, Business, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Health Science and Information Security)  and 30+ Master’s programs (including Aviation & Transportation, Business Administration (MBA), Business Analytics, Computer Science, Date Science and Information Security)

Annual tuition (in USD):

Bachelor: $20,000 – $35,000  Master’s: $14,400

Estimated annual expenses (USD):

Bachelor: $30,000 – $45,000   Master’s: $27,670

Number of students:

6,500

Campus housing?

Yes

Nearest airport:

Chicago O’Hare Int’l (ORD) or  Chicago Midway Int’l (MDW)

Selected Rankings:

#4 : 12 Best Pilot Schools & Aviation Colleges in 2020 (bestvalueschools.org)

#9 : Top 10 Nursing Schools in Illinois (nurse.org)

#4 : Best Master’s in Artificial Intelligence Online (onlinemasterscolleges.org)

#10 : The 10 Best Master’s in Bioinformatics Online (bestcollegereviews.org)
 
#28 : Best NCAA Division 2 Colleges (ncsasports.org)
 
#15 : The 30 Best Online Bachelors in Computer Science Degrees 2018-2019 (computersciencezone.org)
 
#19 : Top 64 Not For Profit Online Colleges and Universities (edsmart.org)
 
#12 : Best Nursing Schools in the Midwest in 2020 (rntobsnprogram.com)
 
#10 : 14 Cheap Colleges in Illinois  (collegeaffordabilityguide.org)
 
#17 : Top 50 Affordable Online Master’s in Data Science Programs (bestcollegesonline.org)
 
#501-600 : US College Rankings 2021 (www.timeshighereducation.com)
 
Notable Alumni:
 
Julia Tukai Zvobgo – Zimbabwean activist and politician
Chaka Khan – Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Activist 10-time GRAMMY® Award-​winner.

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Statistics

All Lewis U Programs:

Aerospace Studies

  • Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC) / Special Program

Aviation Majors

  • Aviation Programs / Bachelor of Science to Master of Science in Aviation and Transportation / 4+1 Program

Aviation Administration

  • Aviation Administration / Bachelor of Science
  • Aviation Administration / Minor

Aviation Air Traffic Control

  • Air Traffic Control Management / Bachelor of Science
  • Air Traffic Control Management / Associate Degree
  • Air Traffic Control / Minor

Aviation Flight Technology

  • Aviation Flight Technology / Bachelor of Science
  • Aviation Flight Technology/ Associate Degree
  • Aviation Flight Technology / Minor

Unmanned Aircraft Systems / Bachelor of Science

  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems / Minor
  • Aircraft Dispatch / Minor

Aviation Maintenance Technology

  • Aviation and Aerospace Technology / Bachelor of Science
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology / Bachelor of Science
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology / Associate Degree
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology / Minor
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology Certificate

Biochemistry

  • Biochemistry / Bachelor of Arts
  • Biochemistry / Bachelor of Science
  • Biochemistry / Minor

Biology

  • Biology Major for the High School Teaching License (9-12) / Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts or Science in Biology to Master of Arts in Secondary Education / 4+1 Program
  • Biology / Bachelor of Arts
  • Biology / Bachelor of Science
    Health Sciences / Minor
  • Biology / Minor
  • Biomedical Science / Bachelor of Arts
  • Biomedical Science / Post-Secondary Certificate
  • Chemistry
    Bachelor of Science or Arts in
  • Chemistry to Master of Arts in Secondary Education / 4+1
  • Chemistry / Bachelor of Science to Master of Science in Chemistry/ 4+1 Program
  • Chemistry Major for the High School Teaching License (9 -12) / Bachelor of Arts
  • Chemistry / Bachelor of Arts
  • Chemistry / Bachelor of Science
  • Chemistry / Minor

Chiropractic

  • Chiropractic / Bachelor of Science in Biology to Doctor of Chiropractic 3 + 3 Program

Clinical Nutrition

  • Clinical Nutrition / Bachelor of Science in Biology to
  • Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition / 3 + 2 Program

Computer Science

  • Computer Science / Bachelor of Science to Master of Science / 4+1 Programs
  • Computer Science / Bachelor of Arts
  • Computer Science / Bachelor of Science
  • Cybersecurity / Bachelor of Science
  • Information Technology / Bachelor of Science
  • CS+X Programs
  • Computer Science / Minor
  • Cyber Security Science / Minor
  • Information Technology / Minor
  • Web and Mobile Application Development / Minor

Data Science

  • Data Science / Bachelor of Arts
  • Data Science / Bachelor of Science
  • Data Science BS to MS
  • Data Science / Minor

Dental Health

  • Dental Health / Bachelor of Science
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Dental Hygiene / Bachelor of Science
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography / Bachelor of Science 3 + 1 Program

Engineering

  • Pre-Electrical and Computer Engineering Program
  • Computer Engineering / Bachelor of Science
  • Electrical Engineering / Bachelor of Science
  • Computer Engineering / Minor
  • Electrical Engineering / Minor

Environmental Science

  • Environmental Science / Bachelor of Arts
  • Environmental Science / Bachelor of Science
  • Environmental Science / Minor

Mathematics

  • Mathematics Major for the High School Teaching License (9-12) / Bachelor of Arts
    Bachelor of Arts or Science in Mathematics to Master of Arts in Secondary Education / 4+1 Program
  • Mathematics / Bachelor of Arts
  • Mathematics / Bachelor of Science
  • Mathematical Modeling / Minor
  • Mathematics / Minor
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Medical Laboratory Science / Bachelor of Science in Biology to Master of Science in
  • Medical Laboratory Science / 3 + 2 Program

Military Science (Army ROTC)

  • Military Science (Army ROTC) / Special Program

Natural Sciences

  • Natural Sciences for Non-Majors / Minor

Nuclear Medicine Technology

  • Nuclear Medicine Technology / Bachelor of Science 3 + 1 Program

Pharmacy

  • Pharmacy / Dual Acceptance Program Leading to Doctoral Studies

Physics

  • Physics / Bachelor of Science to Master of Science in
  • Physics / 4+1 Program
  • Physics Major for the High School Teaching License (9-12) / Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts or Science in Physics to Master of Arts in Secondary Education / 4+1 Program
  • Physics / Bachelor of Arts
  • Physics / Bachelor of Science
  • Physics Major in Applied Science: Bachelor of Science / Aerospace Engineering Major: Bachelor of Science (Dual Degree)
  • Physics Major in Applied Science: Bachelor of Science / Mechanical Engineering Major: Bachelor of Science (Dual Degree)
  • Physics / Minor

Pre-Engineering

Podiatric Medicine

  • Podiatric / Bachelor of Science in Biology to Doctor of Podiatric Medicine 3 + 4 Program

Pre-Professional Health Programs

Radiation Therapy

  • Radiation Therapy / Bachelor of Science 3 + 1 Program

Radiography

  • Radiography / Bachelor of Science / 3 + 2 Program

Respiratory Care

  • Respiratory Care / Bachelor of Science in Biology to Master of Science in Respiratory Care / 3 + 2 Program

Vascular Ultrasound Technology

  • Vascular Ultrasound Technology / 2 + 2 Program

Accounting

  • Accounting / Bachelor of Science
  • Accounting for Business Majors / Minor
  • Accounting for Non-Business Majors / Minor
  • Accounting for Business Majors Double Major

Business Administration

  • Business Administration / Bachelor of Science to Master of Business Administration / 4+1 Program
  • Business Administration / Bachelor of Science
  • Business Administration for Business Majors / Minor
  • Business Administration for Non-Business Majors / Minor
  • Business Administration for Business Majors Double Major
  • Business Studies for Non-Business Majors / Minor

Business Analytics

  • Business Analytics / Bachelor of Science
  • Business Analytics / Bachelor of Science to Master of Science / BS to MS
  • Business Analytics / Minor

Digital Marketing

  • Digital Marketing / Bachelor of Science
  • Digital Marketing for Non-Business Majors / Minor
  • Digital Marketing for Business Majors / Minor

Economics

  • Economics / Bachelor of Science
  • Economics for Business Majors / Minor
  • Economics for Non-Business Majors / Minor
  • Economics for Business Majors Double Major

Finance

  • Finance / Bachelor of Science to Master of Science in
  • Finance / 4+1 Program
  • Finance / Bachelor of Science
  • Finance for Business Majors / Minor
  • Finance for Non-Business Majors / Minor
  • Finance for Business Majors Double Major

International Business

  • International Business / Bachelor of Science
  • International Business for Business Majors / Minor
  • International Business for Non-Business Majors / Minor
  • Asian Business Studies / Minor

Marketing

  • Marketing / Bachelor of Science
  • Marketing for Business Majors Double Major
  • Marketing for Business Majors / Minor
  • Marketing for Non-Business Majors / Minor

Organizational Leadership

  • Organizational Leadership / Bachelor of Arts to Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership / BA to MA
  • Organizational Leadership / Bachelor of Arts (Accelerated)

Sport Management

  • Sport Management / Bachelor of Arts
  • Sport Management / Minor

Supply Chain Management

  • Supply Chain Management / Bachelor of Science
  • Supply Chain Management / Minor

Department of Education
Education Majors

  • Combined Special Education and Elementary Education / Bachelor of Arts
  • Early Childhood Special Education / Bachelor of Arts
  • Elementary Education / Bachelor of Arts
  • Foreign Language Education / Bachelor of Arts
  • Middle Level Education / Bachelor of Arts
  • Secondary Education / Bachelor of Arts
  • Secondary Licensure in English / Language Arts
  • Secondary Licensure in Science with Biology Designation
  • Secondary Licensure in Science with Chemistry Designation
  • Secondary Licensure in Science with Physics Designation
  • Secondary Licensure in Social Science with History Designation
  • Secondary Licensure in Mathematics
  • Secondary Licensure in Social Science with Psychology Designation
  • Secondary STEM Teacher Licensure 4+1
  • Secondary Education in Teaching Theology / Minor
  • Special Education / Bachelor of Arts

Criminal Justice

  • Criminal Justice / Bachelor of Arts to Master of Science in
  • Criminal Justice / 4+1 Program
    Criminal Justice / Bachelor of Arts
  • Criminal Justice / Minor

Ethnic and Cultural Studies

  • African American Studies / Minor
  • Ethnic and Cultural Studies / Minor
  • Latin American and Latina/o Studies / Minor

Forensic Criminal Investigation

  • Forensic Criminal Investigation / Bachelor of Arts to Master of Science in
  • Criminal Justice / 4+1 Program
  • Forensic Criminal Investigation / Bachelor of Arts

Human Resource Management

  • Human Resource Management / Bachelor of Arts
  • Human Resource Management / Minor
  • Human Resource Management / Non-Degree Certificate

International Relations

  • International Relations / Bachelor of Arts
  • International Relations / Minor

Paralegal Studies

  • Paralegal Studies / Bachelor of Arts
  • Paralegal Studies / Minor

Political Science

  • Political Science / Bachelor of Arts
  • Political Science / Minor
  • Political Science for College of Business Majors / Minor

Public Policy

  • Public Policy / Bachelor of Science
  • Public Policy Minor

Pre-Law

  • Pre-Law Program

Psychology

  • Psychology / Bachelor of Arts
  • Psychology Major for the High School Teaching License (9-12) / Bachelor of Arts
  • Psychology / Minor

Social Work

  • Social Work / Bachelor of Arts
  • Social Work / Minor

Sociology

  • Sociology / Bachelor of Arts
  • Sociology / Minor
  • Social Analysis / Minor

Women’s Studies

  • Women’s Studies / Minor

Art and Design

  • Design / Bachelor of Arts
  • Drawing / Bachelor of Arts
  • General Studio Art / Bachelor of Arts
  • Illustration / Bachelor of Arts
  • Painting / Bachelor of Arts
  • Art / Minor
  • Graphic Design / Minor
  • Interaction Design / Minor
  • Motion Design / Minor

Communication

  • Digital Media and Journalism / Bachelor of Arts
  • Public Relations/Advertising / Bachelor of Arts
  • Radio/TV Broadcasting / Bachelor of Arts
  • Broadcast Journalism / Minor
  • Corporate Communication / Minor
  • Electronic Media Production / Minor
  • Online Journalism / Minor
  • Public Relations/Advertising / Minor
  • Radio/TV Broadcasting / Minor
  • Social Media / Minor
  • Social Media for Marketing Majors / Minor
  • Organizational Communication / Bachelor of Arts
  • Organizational Communication / Minor
  • Organizational Communication for Justice, Law, and Public Safety Studies Majors / Minor

Elected Studies

  • Elected Studies / Bachelor of Elected Studies

English Studies

  • English (Concentration in Language Arts) High School Teaching License (9-12) / Bachelor of Arts
  • English / Bachelor of Arts
    Literature and Language / Minor
  • Creative Writing / Minor
  • Professional Writing / Minor
  • General Writing / Minor
  • Film Studies / Minor
  • Professional Writing / Non-Degree Certificate

English as a Second Language (ESL)

  • English as a Second Language / Non-Degree Special Program

Foreign Language

  • Eastern European: Russian Language and Culture Minor
  • Foreign Language Program
  • Foreign Language Teacher: Spanish K-12 Professional Educator License / Bachelor of Arts
  • Spanish Language and Culture / Bachelor of Arts
  • Arabic Language and Culture / Minor
  • Chinese Language and Culture / Minor
  • Eastern European: Polish Language and Culture / Minor
  • Spanish Language and Culture / Minor

History

  • History Major for the High School Teaching License (9-12) / Bachelor of Arts
  • History / Bachelor of Arts
  • History / Minor
  • History for College of Business Majors / Minor

Liberal Arts

  • Liberal Arts / Bachelor of Arts

Music

  • Music / Bachelor of Arts
  • Music Business / Bachelor of Arts
  • Music / Minor
  • Music Technology / Minor

Philosophy

  • Philosophy / Bachelor of Arts
  • Philosophy of Law / Bachelor of Arts
  • Philosophy / Minor
  • Philosophy of Law / Minor

Theatre

  • Theatre / Bachelor of Arts
  • Theatre / Minor

Theology

  • Peace & Justice Studies / Bachelor of Arts
  • Theology / Bachelor of Arts
  • Theology / Minor
  • Peace Studies / Minor

Department of Nursing

Nursing

  • Pre-Licensure Track / Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Nursing Pre-Licensure Bachelors-BSN Track (Accelerated) / Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Department of Rehabilitation and Health Sciences

  • Healthcare Leadership
  • Healthcare Leadership (Accelerated) / Bachelor of Arts

Human Performance

  • Exercise Science / Bachelor of Science
  • Athletic Coaching / Minor
  • Wellness and Health Promotion / Minor

  • Professional Studies
  • Professional Studies (Accelerated) / Bachelor of Arts
  • Undergraduate Degree Programs Delivered Through The School of Graduate, Professional, and Continuing Education

Lewis University Quick Navigation

The institution​

Founded in 1932, Lewis University is a medium size private Catholic university, located in Romeoville, Illinois about 55 km from Chicago.

Lewis is ranked in the Top 20 Universities in the Midwest region of the USA by the US News & World Report. It is also rated as a Best in the Mid-West by Princeton Review. 

Students at this institution will enjoy plenty of personal attention – class sizes are small with an average class size of just 17 students. Small classes give you much greater opportunities for discussion and debate with your fellow students and with the professor. 

The institution has Roman Catholic roots, specifically Lasallian (from the De La Salle Brothers). While it is proud of these roots and continues to hold its ethos and traditions, today, it is very proud to welcome students of all faiths and cultures.

 
 
 
 

Majors

A wide range of fields are available at the undergraduate level with a strong focus on employability – Bachelor degrees such as Business Analytics, Cyber Security, Data Science, and Supply Chain Management offer skills that are highly sought after currently.

For those interested in employment in the aviation industry, Lewis is one of the top-rated aviation schools in the United States.  Students will find programs that cover the full range of job opportunities, including Aviation Administration, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Aerospace Technology, and Aviation Flight Technology (for those wishing to become commercial pilots).

In addition to having its own regional airport on campus, the Aviation Department has active partnerships at both Chicago Midway and Chicago O’Hare International Airports. With Chicago, home to the world’s second busiest airport (O’Hare) as well as United Airlines, being in close proximity, it is a great place to prepare for employment in the aviation sector.  The College of Aviation also has a Bachelor in Unmanned Aircraft Systems for those interested in helping to develop to the potential for commercial drones.

This school is a great option for students who have already started university studies in their home country as they make the process of transferring credits as simple as possible. Rather than having to undergo a credential evaluation through an organization such as WES, Lewis will do an in-house evaluation that will quickly give you a good idea of the number of transferable credits you have.

At the Master’s level, there is a Computer Science program with several ‘hot’ concentrations such as artificial intelligence, digital forensics, and software engineering, as well as in Cyber Security and Data Science. There are also Master’s programs in Aviation & Transportation and Nursing – core strengths of the institution.

Its MBA program is extremely affordable and offers 6 different concentrations according to your personal requirements – Accountancy, Finance, Healthcare Informatics, Human Resources, Marketing, and Operations Management. The College of Business also has Masters of Science programs in Business Analytics, Finance, and Project Management.

 

Scholarships​

A lot of scholarship opportunities at undergraduate level exist for students with a strong academic background. Both Freshmen and Transfer applicants are automatically considered for scholarships worth up to $15,000 per year, based on their previous academic grades. 

There are no scholarships offered at Master’s level as tuition fees are already extremely competitive. However, students may apply for a limited number of graduate assistantship positions during their first semester – these positions offer discounts on tuition and, in some cases, may also give the beneficiary the chance to earn a salary from the university.

Location​

Romeoville is a small college town of approximately 40,000 inhabitants. It is located approximately 55km from Chicago, the third largest city in the USA with a population of nearly 10 million in the metropolitan area. 

Famous for its architecture (especially its historic skyscrapers), museums, jazz and blues music scene and much much more, Chicago is a fun city in which to spend some of your free time. There is a limited commuter train service between Romeoville and Chicago but students wishing to visit Chicago at weekends are best advised to go by car or taxi.

The town of Romeoville is a safe and quiet – an ideal place to study.  Additionally, the town is in a great location.  Only 40 minutes to the international airport, 40 minutes to Chicago, and about 10 minutes from local restaurants, shopping, and grocery.

Traveling around the area is easy for students.  The school offers a free student shuttle bus, to local Romeoville shopping areas. The bus runs Thursday through Sunday.  Additionally, there is a city bus (for a small fee), with a route connecting students to other local suburbs. There are two nearby train options for traveling in and out of Chicago.  Yet most students rely on car share apps (such as Uber) to cheaply move around the area.

 
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Campus Life

Despite its relatively small size, there is plenty of campus life. From theatres to sports facilities, the university offers plenty of outstanding facilities for students and the wider community.

The Recreation and Fitness Center has a fully equipped fitness center, indoor swimming pool, aerobics studio as well as basketball, badminton and volleyball courts. Students who like to participate in sports are invited to make the most of the university’s Intramural Sports Program, where there are competitions within the university in major team sports such as Football/Soccer, Basketball and Volleyball.

The sports teams, all known as The Flyers compete against other colleges at an NCAA Division 2 Level in those sports and many more, including Track & Field and Tennis. There are many former students who have gone on to become professional sportspeople – including Olympians and professional football players.

There are over one hundred student organizations that you can opt to join covering all areas of interest – sports, performing arts, different religions and inter-faith groups  and of course the Black Student Association. Students run the campus radio and television stations.

 

Housing

There are 12 different residence halls on campus, housing approximately 1200 students in total. Students living on campus have access to free WiFi internet, shared kitchen space for person cooking, cable television, access to washing machines and a Campus Shuttle to nearby shops at no additional cost. The residence halls for Freshmen students offer double occupancy rooms with communal bathrooms along the corridor. Each of the Freshmen Halls of Residence have a large communal lounge area with pool table, tennis table, TV and vending machines. Upperclassmen and graduate students have access to different halls of residence, offering a mix of single or double rooms. Most of these residence halls also offer communal bathrooms along the corridor, though there are three halls offering apartment-style configurations. Further information about the different on-campus residences available can be found here All students living on campus are required to purchase one of the three meal plans offered. Students living off-campus have the opportunity to purchase meal plans if desired or, if they prefer, they can buy meals individually at one of the five campus eateries. Further information about meal plans and the different restaurants on campus can be found here

What comes next?

Upon completion of your Bachelor or Master’s program at Lewis U, you will be eligible for OPT (Optional Practical Training). OPT is an opportunity to work off-campus in an area related to your study for up to 12 months (or 36-months if you have chosen a STEM major): you will gain valuable work experience and, at the same time, you will be paid! 

Just remember that you do have the right to choose OPT both after your Bachelor’s and again after your Master’s if you so desire.

 

Seed loves Lewis University because...

STEM-designated MBA program - students can work for up to 3 years in USA after graduating

Attractive scholarships for international students at Bachelor degree level

Full-suite of aviation-related programs