Lewis University is inspired by its Lasallian and Catholic heritage, founded in 1932 under the Chicago Archdiocese and Bishop Bernard J. Shell. The school was originally known as the Holy Name Technical School and initially only admitted males. Michael and Frances Fitzpatrick of Lockport donated 170 acres of farmland for the school. Philanthropist Frank J. Lewis assisted in the funding of school buildings.

Aviation technology was a critical part of the early years of the school and, in 1934, the school was incorporated under the name Lewis Holy Name Technical School. A year later, the name changed again to Lewis Holy Name School of Aeronautics, a name that is still engraved on the Oremus Fine Arts Center. With World War II threatening, the school added programs that would directly aid the armed forces, including flight training. Normal academic activities were suspended during the war, giving the administration time to rethink the mission of the school. When it reopened under normal circumstances in 1944, Lewis included a junior college.

Enrollment exploded with soldiers returning from the war and taking advantage of the GI Bill. This led to a traditional arts and sciences curriculum. Women were admitted in 1949 and high school classes discontinued. The school was renamed Lewis College of Science and Technology in 1952 and it gained university status in 1973.

Today, Lewis University has 6,500 students enrolled. The school has been ranked in the Top Tier Regional Midwest Universities by US News & World Report. Princeton Review recognizes Lewis University as one of the Best in the Midwest and the school has also been recognized as one of the Colleges of Distinction for 2017-18.

Lewis University Accreditation Details

Lewis University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Regional accreditation means that the university meets or exceeds criteria set by the agency that indicate excellence in education, that they strive to improve any areas identified as needing improvement during periodic evaluations and that they have the resources to achieve their goals and objectives.

The College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education while the College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. The Paralegal Studies program is approved by the American Bar Association while the Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Lewis University Application Requirements

Students who have not earned college credit after high school graduation are considered freshmen at Lewis University. Students must complete an application and submit official high school transcripts or GED scores. Students must also submit ACT or SAT test results. Students are asked to submit a personal statement as well as letters of recommendation although they are not required.

Students who have completed college credits after high school graduation may be considered transfer students. They must also complete an application form and provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

Graduate students must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in order to apply. They must submit an application for admission and official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Each graduate department has their own admissions requirements, so students are encouraged to speak to an admissions counselor before applying.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Full-time undergraduate tuition at Lewis University is $31,100 or $913 per credit hour. Accelerated programs are $600 per credit hour. Graduate tuition ranges from $600 to $800 per credit hour.

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, scholarships, work-study and loans. Lewis University also accepts VA and employer benefits. Students may also pay for college through payment plans through the Tuition Management System. Ninety-seven percent of students enrolled at Lewis University received some sort of financial aid and, in 2016, $30 million in institutional aid based on merit, need or academic achievement.

Online Degrees Available

Aviation & Transportation, M.S.

The Master of Science in Aviation and Transportation program prepares graduates for leadership careers in a wide range of industries. Students study the transportation industry as well as industry regulations from various perspectives. Students gain an understanding of human factors and how they impact decision-making. The program is offered in eight-week courses and students can choose online, face-to-face or a hybrid format. Students can complete the degree program in two years. Students must already hold a bachelor’s or higher in order to apply. Lewis University prefers an undergraduate degree in aviation, but students who have a degree in an unrelated area with work experience in aviation and/or transportation may apply. Undergraduate GPA must be 3.0 or higher. Students must provide a one-to-two-page personal statement describing their background as well as two letters of recommendation.

Business Analytics, M.S.

Students in the Master of Science in Business Analytics get real-world and hands-on experience in data-mining and business intelligence tools. Students develop quantitative and analysis skills in order to solve business issues that are growing increasingly complex. Students learn how to develop corporate strategy using big data as well as how to analyze large data sets to make more informed decisions. Students gain an understanding of:

  • Business requirements
  • Classification
  • Clustering
  • Feasibility Analysis
  • Data mining
  • Data warehouse models
  • Decision support systems
  • Decision trees
  • Factor and discriminant analysis
  • Optimization concepts for data
  • Search algorithms
  • Segmentation

Students may choose from four concentrations, although only three are available online, including:

  • Financial Analytics
  • Healthcare Analytics
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Operations Analytics

Financial Analytics is only available in an on-campus format. Programs are offered in eight-week formats with a flexible curriculum to match student interests. Students are able to access virtual machines 24/7 in order to work with industry tools like SPSS, Weka, Rapid Miner and other data programs.

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Lewis University continues its long history of providing outstanding education with a Catholic and Lasallian heritage. Students may choose from many online programs that allow them to achieve their higher education goals while still meeting social, employment and family needs. Lewis University makes it easier for working adults to move into a new career or advance in a current career.