Lewis University opened its doors in 1932 in Romeoville, Illinois under the title of Holy Name Technical School, a Catholic school educating boys with a focus on aviation technology. In 1960, the noted De La Salle Christian brothers “assumed direction of the institution.” And though Lewis still celebrates its Catholic and Lasallian affiliations, the private not-for-profit institution is a co-educational university today boasting an enrollment of almost 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students. The campus offers 80 plus undergraduate majors and 25 graduate programs of study with accelerated studies on-campus and online for adult learners. The main campus is located on over three hundred acres and the University employees 200 professional faculty members that accommodate a 13:1 student/faculty ratio.
Lewis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and retains membership with the North Central Association. The State of Illinois Department of Professional Regulation has approved the College of Nursing and Health Professions’ basic professional program and all nursing programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The College of Business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. The Department of Aviation programs are approved by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Athletic Training Education Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. The Illinois State Board of Education, in conjunction with the Illinois State Teacher Certification Board, has approved all teacher education programs for entitlement. In addition, the College of Education is accredited by the NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education).
Lewis University offers six online graduate degrees and various individual classes at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Graduate degrees include a Master’s of Science in Aviation and Transportation, a Master’s of Science in Criminal/Social Justice with a Homeland Security or Custom Criminal/Social Justice track, a Master’s of Science Information Security degree with a Management or Technical Concentration, and Master’s of Science in Public Safety Administration. A Master’s of Arts in Organizational Leadership with five various concentrations and a Master’s of Nursing degree program are also available online. In addition, Lewis’s School for Professional and Continuing Education caters to adult working professionals by allowing these students to complete various accelerated coursework online. These individual classes vary, so students will need to check for online availability.
Programs are designed with the career professional in mind. The Aviation and Transportation program offers 8-week classes with fewer than fifteen students. Most students complete this degree in two years while working full time. The Nursing program follows the outlines of the campus-based format with eight-week sessions and four start dates each year. Online programs are designed to give working students the flexibility and convenience they require. Tuition for online degrees range between $740 - $760 per credit hour with additional fees. Prospective students can visit the University website for either virtual or 24/7 information sessions.
Lewis University wants to make education affordable for all and 85% of its students receive financial aid. Multiple federal loans are available to students in need. Additionally, the University supports grants like the Federal Pell and SEOG grants, the Illinois Monetary Award, the Lewis Grant Program and TEACH Grant Program. Scholarships of upwards to $15,000 are made available to freshmen, as well as transfer students, ROTC members and international students. Donors also provide endowed and annual scholarships for students at Lewis. Another option for working students is employer tuition discounts and Lewis specifically participates in partnership programs through McDonald's, Presence Health System, the Lasallian/Diocesan Tuition Discount Program, and select school and healthcare partnerships. Lewis University also promotes its support of the military through the partnership with the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program for eligible Veterans. Eligible chapters include the Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty, the Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve, the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program, the Reserve Educational Assistance Program and the Vocational Rehabilitation - Veterans with Disabilities. The University suggests that military personnel contact a Veterans Benefits Counselor (888-GI-BILL-1) to determine eligibility.
Higher Learning Commission
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctorate degree
Adult Age Enrollments:3,030
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