Founded in 1932 as an aviation school for boys, Lewis University has grown to offer 80 undergraduate majors, with satellite campuses in Hickory Hills, Oak Brook, Shorewood, Tinley Park, Chicago and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Popular programs include nursing, education, criminal justice and aviation. Through a partnership with the FAA, it offers the state's only collegiate air traffic control program. The university offers both graduate and undergraduate courses online, including four complete graduate programs. Lewis is a Roman Catholic university founded by the De La Salle Christian Brothers.
- Handicap Accessible: Yes
- Founding Date: 1932
- Number of students: 6,100
- Public/Private: Private
- Financial aid: Yes
- Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
- Acceptance rate (%): 74
- Graduation rate (%): 86
- Accreditation/licenses: Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association
- Student-to-teacher ratio: 13:1
- Parking: Paid lot
- Number of faculty: 200
- How engaged is the school with the community?: Lewis students are involved in social service projects. New students participate in community service work as part of their freshman orientation.
- What makes this community special?: Enrollment at Lewis has increased over the last decade, according to Vice President for Enrollment Raymond Kennelly. "Today, students are much more focused, and they see the opportunity," he said.
- Degrees: Graduate, Undergraduate
- Programs: Distance learning, Evening, Part-time
- Percent minority: 30
- Campus housing: Yes
- Sports conference: Great Lakes Valley Conference, NCAA Division II
- Sports teams: Basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, tennis, swimming, cross-country, softball, baseball
- Sports facilities: Lewis Flyer athletics facilities include a baseball field, Olympic-style swimming pool, tennis courts, softball field, outdoor track, field house, fitness/weight room, soccer field, golf facilities and athletic training room.