Located 35 miles southwest of Chicago, Lewis University is a comprehensive Catholic university, where the traditions of liberal learning, values and preparation for professional work come together with a synergy that gives the university its identity and educational focus. Lewis University has always been committed to training teachers for Catholic and Lasallian schools. The emphasis on service and education for the most marginalized is fundamental to Lasallian education. Lewis University has been recognized nationally by Colleges of Distinction.
Lewis has also earned recognition as the Illinois College of Distinction and the Catholic College of Distinction. Lewis University is an NCAA Division II school that is part of the Great Lakes Valley Conference and the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Lewis University was selected for offering innovative, teacher-centered undergraduate education with a strong track record of preparing its graduates for real-world success. The Princeton Review named Lewis one of the best universities in the Midwest, and Lewis ranked among a select list of 23 universities in Illinois and 158 institutions in the Midwest.
Lewis University is a proud and successful member of NCAA Division II and the Great Lakes Valley Conference. In July 1975, there was an important step in the development of Lewis University with the accreditation of the North Center Association's graduate programs (master's and first professional degree). Lewis University is sponsored by De La Salle Christian Brothers, an international Roman Catholic institute dedicated to education and founded by St. John the Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of educators.
Lewis University has once again been named one of the best universities in the Midwest, according to The Princeton Review. The intention of the plan is to provide future-focused and reality-based parameters that respect the history and values of Lewis University, while providing guidance for future decision-making in both the short and long term. Perhaps as early as 1949, according to an unsigned manuscript in the Lewis Archives, but certainly throughout the 1950s and long before Vatican II, although under the auspices of Bishop Sheil, Lewis College became, for at least a decade, “the first Catholic mixed college in the country to present administration and faculty consisting of lay people. Since those inception, more than 110 Brothers have served students at Lewis University on several occasions.
Lewis University and the College of Education and Social Sciences are actively seeking grant funding to benefit Catholic and Lasallian schools. Livingston, PhD, then president of Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio, to replace Brother James Gaffney, FSC, as tenth president of the university. In addition, to encourage the pursuit of lifelong learning and the development of skills as educators and leaders, Lewis University is pleased to offer a 33% discount on diocesan tuition to employees of the Diocese of Joliet and the Archdiocese of Chicago. The article goes on to say: “Lewis University is regularly cited by both US News and The Princeton Review among the top regional universities in the Midwest.
Lewis University comprises colleges of arts and sciences, business, education and nursing, and health professions, and maintains a continuing education program.