One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446-2200
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The Lewis University faculty places a strong emphasis on scholarship and personal contact. Approximately 64 percent of the members of the general faculty hold doctoral degrees, and 100 percent of the members of the aviation faculty hold FAA-approved licenses. In addition, because the student-faculty ratio is 15:1, classes tend to be close-knit, enhancing the opportunities for extensive interaction between faculty members and students, both in class and through office hours
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Romeoville, Illinois 75062
The Learning Resource Center is the home of the Lewis University Library.
Lewis University is a coeducational, comprehensive, Catholic and Lasallian university located in the Midwest with an enrollment of more than 4,400 students. Lewis continues to demonstrate its commitment to providing a high quality, mission-based education while providing more than 85 percent of its students with some form of financial aid. The main campus is a picturesque 350-acre setting with eight residence halls that house 900 students within easy walking distance of all campus buildings.
Lewis has been strengthened by the educational mission of the De La Salle Christian Brothers and their colleagues. Since they arrived on the campus in 1960, the Christian Brothers have been the providers of a quality education and personal attention based on the heritage of their founder, St. John Baptist de La Salle. The student-faculty ratio of 15:1 assures that students experience some interaction with their instructors. Lewis is large enough to provide the resources of a university while maintaining personal contact with each student.
Part of the experience of a Lewis education includes small classes, service learning opportunities, a beautiful campus, free parking, a safe environment, an ideal location, and an active campus life. These elements combine to provide an educational experience that focuses on career preparation, academic choices, community service, and lifelong learning. Lewis has positioned itself as an academic leader and is quickly being recognized for its commitment to mission effectiveness as it positions itself for the twenty-first century.
The majority of Lewis students are Illinois residents, but the enrollment includes men and women from more than twenty-five states and twenty-nine countries. Eight residence halls allow for various living styles, including apartment and suite arrangements. More than fifty clubs and organizations offer students opportunities for a variety of social, athletic, academic, career, or hobby-related interests. Lewis residents report that the spirit of the campus community enhances the friendly and supportive environment.
Lewis University offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in accountancy, American studies, art studio, athletic training, biochemistry, biology, broadcast journalism, business administration, business studies, chemistry, communications technologies, computer graphic design, computer science, criminal/social justice, drawing, economics, education, English, environmental science, finance, history, human communication, human resources management, illustration, liberal arts, management information systems, marketing, mathematics, multimedia production, music, music merchandising, painting, philosophy, physics, political science, print journalism, private security/loss prevention management, psychology, public relations, radio/television broadcasting, religious studies, social work and human services, sociology, special education, speech education, sport management, and theater.
Programs leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree include biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, political science, and public administration. Preprofessional programs are offered in dentistry, engineering, law, medical dietetics, medicine, meteorology, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician's assistant studies, and veterinary science. In addition to its more than sixty majors, Lewis offers interdisciplinary courses in women's studies and ethnic studies. Accelerated programs for working adults are available in business, computer network administration, social and community studies, and aviation maintenance management. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree is offered in the College of Nursing.
The Scholars Academy allows eligible students in every major to enhance their educational opportunities through intensive projects arranged by contract with faculty members. To prepare students for careers in aviation, the University offers Bachelor of Science degree programs in aviation administration, aviation flight management, and aviation maintenance management as well as Associate of Science degree programs in aviation flight and aviation maintenance. Certificate programs are offered in aviation flight dispatch and aviation maintenance technology.
The Bachelor of Elected Studies (B.E.S.) degree and a liberal arts degree may be pursued by students whose educational and career goals lead them to combine course work from several areas. The B.E.S. degree allows students to develop their own major by choosing a concentration from any area of the University. The liberal arts degree permits them to combine two minors into a major.
The undergraduate curriculum has three parts: general education, major required courses, and elective courses. The general education requirements include specific courses in the humanities and the social or natural sciences designed to introduce the student to liberal culture. Requirements for the student's chosen major provide the opportunity for a greater depth of study in one academic field. Electives allow the student to select additional courses suited to his or her educational needs. The emphasis on humanities and communication arts in the undergraduate curriculum provides students with the knowledge of history and of the human experience necessary to develop an awareness of and responsiveness to contemporary social issues. Qualified students may receive academic credit through Advanced Placement, through CLEP testing, or for prior learning.
Students selecting majors in the College of Arts and Sciences discover that course work has been developed to foster critical thinking, open inquiry, precision in thought and expression, and familiarity with a broad range of knowledge. The College of Business seeks to educate individuals who are competent in the functional areas of business and who can recognize the responsibilities of business to the political, social, and economic segments of society. Many of the courses taken by business students are selected from the liberal arts area. Similarly, the College of Nursing builds on a foundation of liberal education. During the first two years, nursing students concentrate in the natural and behavioral sciences and the humanities. In the third and fourth years, advanced nursing science courses are taken, while clinical experience is acquired in hospitals and other health-care facilities. The nursing program prepares professional nursing practitioners who are competent to deliver health-care services in many situations.
The University operates on a semester system. The fall semester begins the Monday before Labor Day, and the spring semester starts in mid-January. Summer school sessions are six, eight, or ten weeks in length, depending on the program.
Campus Life and Activities
Located in Romeoville, Illinois, Lewis is only 35 minutes southwest of Chicago. This allows students to take advantage of the resources of one of the world's largest cities while enjoying the beautiful suburban campus. Shopping and recreational facilities are located nearby.
Facilities and Resources
The academic facilities of the campus include the Learning Resource Center, which contains the University library, the archives, and the Arts and Sciences and administrative offices; the Academic and Science Building, with classrooms and labs; the Oremus Fine Arts Center, with a theater, gallery, recital hall, classrooms, and offices; Benilde Hall, with classrooms and offices for the College of Business; and the College of Nursing and Health Professions, containing offices and classrooms. Lewis students have access to thirteen computer labs, and five residence halls provide Internet access to resident students in their rooms.
The University library houses more than 186,000 volumes and an extensive microfiche and microfilm collection and is a depository for U.S. government documents. Besides housing a specialized music collection and an art-print collection, the library is home for the Archives of the Illinois & Michigan Canal Heritage Corridor.
The Aviation Department is housed in the $2.5-million Harold E. White Aviation Center next to the Lewis University Airport. The airport, which houses more than 300 aircraft, is the site of flight-training and management programs.
Eighteen intercollegiate sports include men's and women's basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, swimming, track, tennis, and volleyball, plus men's baseball and women's softball. All teams compete in NCAA Division II. In the past sixteen years, Lewis teams have captured the Great Lakes Valley Conference All Sports Trophy twelve times. A high percentage of student athletes appear on the Dean's List and 95 percent of them earn a bachelor's degree.
Lewis University is committed to helping all students who need financial assistance. Besides assisting students in obtaining federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study jobs, or loans (repayable after graduation), the University offers academic and athletic scholarships as well as additional Lewis grants to students with demonstrated financial needs. To be considered for any aid, a student must apply for federal, state, and Lewis aid, using the appropriate forms. Additional information is available from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Lewis University welcomes candidates for admission who present a strong record of academic success and/or high motivation. Freshman candidates are required to present ACT or SAT I results, as well as a record of high school work. Students whose main language is not English must also present a score of at least 500 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). In addition to the above requirements, applicants for the nursing program must have taken 1 year of chemistry, 1 year of biology, and at least 1 year of algebra.
Transfer students with fewer than 12 credits should apply in the same manner as freshman applicants. Transfer students who have completed 12 or more college credits may be admitted to the College of Arts and Sciences if they have maintained an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher. (The Colleges of Nursing and Business have additional transfer requirements. For further information, students should contact the transfer coordinator in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.) Most transfer students have all their college credits accepted. However, for the Lewis degree, a maximum of 72 credit hours may be transferred from community colleges.
Application forms for admission and financial aid may be obtained from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Freshman applicants should submit the application for admission, ACT or SAT I scores, and high school transcripts. Transfer applicants who have earned 12 or more credit hours should submit transcripts from each college or university attended and the completed admission application.
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