A History of Forward Thinking

Since 1932, Lewis University has been grounded in intentionality, guided by truth, and inspired by innovation. We’ve built a learning environment that creates critical thinkers who take on new knowledge and ask the big questions. We welcome students of all beliefs and backgrounds and encourage them to create a better and more just society. You can land anywhere from here.



Innovating programming and value-centered curriculum since our founding.

Located 35 miles Southwest of the city of Chicago, Lewis began as an aviation technical school for boys. With the aid of a philanthropist, a donation of 170 acres of Chicago farmland, and a Catholic Bishop who had a vision, the school was born. In those days, aviation was our calling card. We took to the skies to make a name for our students and ourselves. We trained WWII pilots. We’ve won Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Championships and so much more. All part of our Mission to create a better world.

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At Lewis University, there’s purpose in learning. Students and faculty work side-by-side thinking critically and creatively, fueled by a passion to contribute to a better world.

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