Lewis University
Lewis University seal.svg
Former names
  • Holy Name Technical School (1932-1934)
  • Lewis Holy Name Technical School (1934-1935)
  • Lewis Holy Name School of Aeronautics (1935-1952)
  • Lewis College of Science & Technology (1952-1962)
  • Lewis College (1962-1973)
MottoSignum Fidei (Latin)
Motto in English
Sign of Faith
Established1932; 90 years ago (1932)
FounderBishop Bernard J. Scheil (Archdiocese of Chicago)
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic (Christian Brothers)
Academic affiliations
PresidentDavid J. Livingston, Ph.D.
Academic staff
235[2] (full-time)
Location, ,
NewspaperThe Lewis Flyer
Colors Red  and  White 
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division II
Lewis University logo.svg

Lewis University is a private Roman Catholic and Lasallian university in Romeoville, Illinois. The enrollment is currently around 6,800 students. Lewis offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and programs of study, 22 graduate programs, and accelerated programs for working adults.


Lewis University was founded in 1932 by the Archdiocese of Chicago and Bishop Bernard J. Scheil as the Holy Name Technical School. The school gets its name from philanthropist Frank J. Lewis who funded the construction of many of the school's buildings. During these early days, aviation technology courses were chosen as the special emphasis of instruction, becoming the origin of today's highly regarded Department of Aviation and Transportation Studies. The school was incorporated in 1934 under the name Lewis Holy Name Technical School. In 1935, it became Lewis Holy Name School of Aeronautics, a name which is engraved in stone on the building now known as the Philip Lynch Theatre at the Oremus Fine Arts Center.

During World War II, normal classes were suspended as the campus was given to the United States Navy to train pilots. The campus is adjacent to the Lewis University Airport. Regular classes resumed in late 1944 and the college soon adopted a more traditional arts and science curriculum. Women were admitted for the first time in 1949. Three years later the school's name was changed to the Lewis College of Science and Technology. The school's name was shortened to simply Lewis College in 1962 and finally received its current name of Lewis University in 1973.

In 2004 and 2005, Lewis enrolled more than 5,000 total students. Lewis’ strengths as an institution of higher learning have been evidenced through various sources. The University has been cited as one of the best colleges in the region by both The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. The University is included in the top tier of U.S. News and World Report's rankings of the best Midwest master's-level universities, most recently ranked in the Top 20. The Princeton Review named Lewis one of the "Best Midwestern Colleges," with Lewis being ranked among a select list of 23 Illinois colleges and 158 Midwest institutions.

In 2019, Lewis University offered more than 80 undergraduate majors and programs of study, an accelerated degree completion option for working adults, various aviation programs, and 35 graduate programs. The University also offers degree programs in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

On February 8, 2016, the Lewis University Presidential Search Committee and Board of Trustees selected David J. Livingston, PhD, then president of Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio, to replace Brother James Gaffney, FSC as the 10th President of the university. Livingston succeeded Brother Gaffney, who retired June 30, 2016, after 28 years of leadership and service to Lewis University and its students.



Main article: Lewis Flyers

Lewis University is an NCAA Division II school that is part of the Great Lakes Valley Conference and the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association.

The men's volleyball team is the only program that plays in Division I. In 2003 the men's volleyball team won the NCAA Division I/II National Collegiate Men's Volleyball Championship by defeating Brigham Young University, but it later voluntarily gave back its title after an internal investigation found ineligibility issues that had been kept from the NCAA. The program has climbed their way back into the Top-10 rankings of DI-II schools. The Flyers qualified for the NCAA Championship and participated in the 1998 Final Four. In 1998 the Flyers also won their conference title. The Flyers were runners-up to Loyola University Chicago in the 2015 NCAA Final.

The women's volleyball team has qualified for 16 straight NCAA Regional Championships, having made it to the final 4 in 2018

The men's and women's track and field and cross country teams have had a long history of success, with 85 different athletes being awarded All-American since 1988. Alum Isaac Jean-Paul, who won and NCAA Championship in the HJ, went on to win a World Championship in the Paralympics High jump in 2017 in London, jumping a World Record 2.17m

Lewis has many club sports as well, such as Hockey, and Rugby

Prior to joining the NCAA, Lewis was a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), winning the NAIA Baseball World Series 1974–76 and finishing as runners-up in 1966 and 1980.

Notable alumni

Arts, culture and entertainment

Government, law, politics and activism

Science,technology and medicine


Campus media

See also


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