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Rank: 228

Lewis University

Romeoville, ILwww.lewisu.edu
Lewis University, a school of 6,500 undergrads and graduate students, is located about 35 miles southwest of Chicago. Founded as a Catholic school in 1932 with just 15 students, today Lewis welcomes students of all faiths. The school offers more than 80 undergrad majors and fields of study, including data science, digital marketing, and music business. Students say their professors are committed, helpful, and accessible. The university also has a school for professional and continuing education. But Lewis' standout department may be its well-recognized aviation program, the only one in Illinois that has its own campus airport (not to mention its proximity to O'Hare International, which was recently named the busiest airport in the U.S.). Speaking of the campus, it's full of more than 2,400 trees, 12 dorms, and endless opportunities for students. Lewis offers about 20 club sports, including archery, chess, and Belegarth, a live-action role-playing group that describes its games as "paintball with swords." Can't get to Illinois to check out Lewis in person? Take a virtual campus tour on the school's website.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$47,500
% of students who get any grants
81%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$21,300
Average price for low-income students
$15,440
admissions
Acceptance rate
54%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1090/24
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
4,372
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
95%
% of need met
86%
% of students who get merit* grants
16%
Average merit grant
$11,661
student success
Graduation rate
67%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Average student debt
$23,940
Average salary within 3 years
$49,100
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
29%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Aug 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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