|Motto in English||Sign of Faith|
|Religious affiliation||Lasallian Brothers (Catholic Church)|
|President||Br. James Gaffney, F.S.C.|
|Academic staff||200 (full-time)|
|Location||Romeoville, Illinois, United States|
|Newspaper||The Lewis Flyer|
|Colors||Red and White|
|Nickname||Flyers and Lady Flyers|
Lewis University is a private Roman Catholic and Lasallian university located in Romeoville, Illinois, United States . The enrollment is currently around 6,800 students. Lewis offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and programs of study, 22 graduate programs, and accelerated programs for working adults.
Lewis University was founded in 1932 by the Chicago Archdiocese and Bishop Bernard J. Scheil as the Holy Name Technical School. The school gets its name from philanthropist Frank J. Lewis who funded the construction of many of the school's buildings. During these early days, aviation technology courses were chosen as the special emphasis of instruction, becoming the origin of today's highly regarded Department of Aviation and Transportation Studies. The school was incorporated in 1934 under the name Lewis Holy Name Technical School. In 1935, it became Lewis Holy Name School of Aeronautics, a name which is engraved in stone on the building now known as the Oremus Fine Arts Center.
During World War II, normal classes were suspended as the campus was given to the United States Navy to train pilots. The campus is adjacent to the Lewis University Airport. Regular classes resumed in late 1944 and the college soon adopted a more traditional arts and science curriculum. Women were admitted for the first time in 1949. Three years later the school's name was changed to the Lewis College of Science and Technology. The school's name was shortened to simply Lewis College in 1962 and finally received its current name of Lewis University in 1973.
In 2004 and 2005, Lewis enrolled more than 5,000 total students. Lewis’ strengths as an institution of higher learning have been evidenced through various sources. The University has been cited as one of the best colleges in the region for the last two consecutive years by both The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. The University is included in the top tier of U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of the best Midwest master’s-level universities, most recently placing 58 out of a total of 144 institutions. The Princeton Review named Lewis one of the “Best Midwestern Colleges,” with Lewis being ranked among a select list of 23 Illinois colleges and 158 Midwest institutions.
In 2010, Lewis University offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and programs of study, accelerated degree completion options for working adults, various aviation programs and 22 graduate programs in nine fields. The ninth largest private, not-for-profit university in Illinois is being honored for the sixth consecutive year by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. The University also offers degree programs at two classroom sites in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Colleges and schools
- College of Arts and Sciences
- College of Business
- College of Education
- College of Nursing and Health Professions
- School for Professional and Continuing Education
The men's volleyball team won the 2003 NCAA Division I/II National Collegiate Men's Volleyball Championship by defeating Brigham Young University, but it later voluntarily gave back its title after an internal investigation found ineligibility issues that were kept private from the NCAA. This disgrace hurt the program for a few years, but they have slowly climbed their way back into the Top-10 rankings of DI-II schools.
Lewis also competes intercollegiately in Rugby as a member of the CARFU.
Prior to joining the NCAA, Lewis was a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), winning the NAIA Baseball World Series 1974-76 and finishing as runners-up in 1966 and 1980.
- Jenny Bindon, goalkeeper for the New Zealand Women's Football Team at the 2007 and 2011 Women's World Cup, the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.;
- Douglas Bobrowski, midday radio air personality "Doug Styles"; for CBS Radio station WBBM-FM (B-96.3), Chicago;
- Kay Cannon, 2010 Emmy nominee for "Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series" (30 Rock), actress and improvisationalist;
- John Caponera, television actor and comedian;
- Philip J. Cline, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department (2003 - 2007);
- Brad Fiorenza, cast member from MTV's The Real World: San Diego;
- J. J. Furmaniak, professional MLB baseball player with the Tampa Bay Rays;
- Rick Huisman, professional MLB baseball player with the Kansas City Royals;
- John W. Kilpatrick, 3-time Daytime Emmy Award recipient for The Oprah Winfrey Show;
- John Lopreino - television actor in One Life to Live, Search for Tomorrow, and As The World Turns;
- Tim McCarthy, US Secret Service Special Agent who was wounded while shielding President Ronald Reagan during an assassination attempt in 1981; currently Chief of Police of the Orland Park, Illinois, Police Department
- Wayne Molis, NBA 1966-68 Player for New York Knicks and Houston Mavericks;
- David Ochs, Senior Sportswriter, Associated Press Broadcast Services, Washington DC, 1982-2006. Covered 9 Olympics. Recipient Lewis Alumni Achievement Award 2004.
- Joe Perrino, President, Home Run Inn Pizza;
- Charles H. Ramsey, Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department (2008 - present); Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia (1998 - 2006);
- George Schmidt, NFL Player for the 1952 Green Bay Packers and 1953 Chicago Cardinals;
- Yvette Marie Stevens - stage name: "Chaka Khan"; performer and 8-time Grammy award winning artist; 4-time American Music Award winning artist; BET Lifetime Achievement Award winner;
- John V. Strolia, 7-time Daytime Emmy Award recipient for The Oprah Winfrey Show;
- Ernie Young, baseball player with the Oakland A's and San Diego Padres;
- Jay Zawaski, producer for CBS Radio's WSCR–the Score and The Danny Mac Show;
- As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 17, 2010.