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The university is a private, not-for-profit university, welcoming students of all religious and cultural traditions. Lewis University’s main campus is located in Romeoville, Illinois. It also has a branch campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where students transferring from Central New Mexico Community College can begin working on their bachelor’s degrees.

Overview of Lewis University

The Romeoville campus is small, but easily accommodates the student body. As you walk around, you’ll see plenty of open space where you can lounge in the sun. You’ll also see the Sancta Alberta Chapel, where you may attend Masses. The university is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and is recognized as a comprehensive Catholic university. Lewis offers 60 university campuses around the world.

The student-to-faculty ratio is 13 to 1, which is a comfortable level for both professors and students. You shouldn’t have any problem getting in touch with your teachers if you need assistance with your classes. On the main Romeoville campus, students are able to live in comfortable campus housing.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting Suburb: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 13:1
Graduation Rate 67%
Year Founded 1932

Student Enrollment

Total Students6,359


Undergraduate Student

Male 2,137
Female 2,137

Graduate Student

Male 1,042.5
Female 1,042.5

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Male 2,703
Female 3,971


Male 1,757
Female 2,502

Acceptance Rate64%

Male 65%
Female 63%

Enrollment 641

Male 316
Female 325
Application Fee $40
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline April 15
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

When you and your family figure out the total price for your education at Lewis University, the expenses will include tuition, room and board, books, supplies, and other various fees. The total expenses in a recent school year were $46,758 on average.

Once your financial aid has been applied to these costs the average net price remains. For the 2018-2019 year, this was around $10,520 for most students. As financial aid is applied based on your family’s income, the average net price is usually affected by a family’s income. because of this, families earning up to $30,000 pay around $12,821, families earning between $75,001 and $110,000 pay around $21,123, and families earning $110,001 or more pay around $24,090.

The number of freshmen receiving financial aid was 100% of a recent class, 644 students in all. They received an average amount of $22,456 in grants or scholarships. The same percentage of students received an average of $18,826 in institutional grants or scholarships.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $19,520
Average Total Aid $22,456
Students Receiving Financial Aid 100%
Room & Board $10,820

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $33,430
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $33,430
  • Books and Supplies - $1,500
  • Room & Board - $10,820
  • Other - $2,230


The retention rate is a percentage that lets students know how many previous students stayed at the school beyond their first year. This can indicate that students are happy with their classes, educational opportunities, and the school’s culture in general. At Lewis University, the retention rate is 84%. The 4-year graduation rate is 51%, which is somewhat below the average. However, some students stay beyond their fourth year to complete their degrees and the school’s 6-year graduation rate is 67%.

Lewis University is one of the few that offers everything from associate degrees up to doctorates. The five most popular degree programs are business, management, marketing and related support services; health professions and related programs; homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services; computer and information sciences and support services; and education.

Student Population Total

Student Population 6,359

Evening Classes : NA
Online Learning : NA

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 251 Total Graduates / 20%
Business Administration and Management, General 85 Graduates
Accounting 35 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 33 Graduates
Finance, General 27 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 170 Total Graduates / 14%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 142 Graduates
Athletic Training/Trainer 15 Graduates
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 6 Graduates
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 3 Graduates
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 3 Graduates
All Computer Information Science Majors 123 Total Graduates / 10%
Computer Science 100 Graduates
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 23 Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 117 Total Graduates / 9%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 101 Graduates
Forensic Science and Technology 15 Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other 1 Graduates
Transportation and Materials Moving 96 Total Graduates / 8%
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations 69 Graduates
Air Traffic Controller 14 Graduates
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General 11 Graduates
Transportation and Materials Moving, Other 2 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 39%

Outcome & Salary

Upon graduating, you’ll be ready to land a job and begin earning a living. Early-career salaries tend to start out low compared to what you’ll be able to earn later in your career. Graduates of Lewis University start out earning an average of $47,100. A typical mid-career salary is around $69,400.

Your 4-year cost of education will likely be around $166,000 based on the total cost, but it actually sits around $42,000 based on the net price. If you took out a lot of loans, you could still be looking at a large educational investment. This is important to help you understand your return on investment (ROI). A typical LU graduate’s 20-year net ROI, after subtracting the cost of education, is around $203,000.

High school graduates who don’t go to college earn an average salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income may be $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $53,900
College Grads Average Salary $69,739
College Grads Mid Career Salary $92,400
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $697,390
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,621,390
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $78,080
10 Year Projected ROI $619,310
20 Year Projected ROI $1,543,310
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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