Student & Graduate Reviews
Dean - 12/1/2019
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2020
"This place is not what it used to be. The graduate level is a replica of the undergrad with less opportunity to challenge ideas, do research, and think critically. Classes are eight weeks and meet one night each week. Many students myself included complain that the program is too short at the end of each class. Other common complaints include lack of retention and application outside of the classroom. A degree isn’t a piece of paper though the university treats it as such. I feel I have wasted my money in this program and have gained nothing out it. The professors and faculty are it’s students. Many have no real world experience outside of the university. Consider other outside opportunities before Lewis University. It is not the school you are being sold."
TalkingNow - 9/25/2019
Graduation Year: 1997
"Lewis does indeed have an idyllic campus, with some of the best faculty to ever facilitate education. At Christmas every year, Lewis sends out fabulous cards to anybody with even a remote connection to the university, on very nice 120 pound card stock. Lewis also is at best capricious and at worst extremely inconsistent as to whom, as an administration, it favors, and whom it does not. Lewis is run by the Christian Brothers, also known as the Lasallians. Lasallians are supposed to base their educational methods on five principles rooted in Catholic values and virtues. That does not seem to hold true for the Lasallians at Lewis, and the administration hired to represent them. Sixty-three to sixty-five percent of the faculty at Lewis is composed of adjunct, or part-time, faculty. To be an adjunct means to not only have expertise as an academician, but the skills to be an expert in the corporate, commercial, industrial world where most of us reside. It also means only thirty-five to thirty-seven percent of the faculty is full-time staff. Even less than that are tenured. An adjunct faculty member of Lewis recently died. This person taught at Lewis for twenty years. The professor's classes were well-attended, and most students appreciated the professor's efforts. The faculty member taught anywhere from three to five classes a semester, what elsewhere would constitute a full class load. This person went to the annual adjunct dinner, as well as volunteered for May Institute, seminars, convocations, and panels. When this adjunct could no longer drive to Lewis, the individual took it upon himself two days a week to get up extremely early, take Metra into the Loop, to be on time for the Lewis bus to the main campus. Lewis's official answer to the adjunct faculty member's death was a copier paper sheet sent to the family in condolence, on which had been copied a Scripture verse, and the heading, "On behalf of the Brothers of the LaSalle Community, I want to extend our deepest sympathies..." That's it. A few individual colleagues took the time to offer Masses, call, attend the visitation. Not the Christian Brothers, and not the administration that represents them. There are other examples that Lewis is not the Catholic university you would think it is. Look for these before you commit to attendance, or send your child to attend, Lewis. Do your own research. Find out how safe the dormitories really are. Look for the location of the chapel, and find the story on the conversion of what was once the chapel into a venue for luncheons and special events. Examine what you will receive for paying sixty-seven to eighty percent more than a public school, particularly for general education credits easily obtained at the local community college for thirty-three percent of the price of tuition at Lewis. And if nothing else convinces you to look elsewhere, remember that the majority of the professors who will teach you or your child are adjuncts, people skilled in both the classroom and the real world. And remember how Lewis treats those valuable, skilled people."
Chris Smith - 7/16/2019
Graduation Year: 2018
"Where do I start. The UAS program started off well. Professor Canada was a great professor as well as Professors Dimaio, Parrot and McGill. The rest of the program was not well taught. The department chairs were always promising things but never showed results. Professor Phillips never got back to me on important issues and Professor Jones comes off like a salesman. They don't have real UAS aircraft. It's like I paid thousands of dollars for a hobby shop education."
Delta Sig - 5/20/2019
Graduation Year: 2014
"I started classes in 2012 as a transfer student from Joliet Junior College. I was finishing my last two years as a student in the college of business. The classes and curriculum were much less challenging than JJC. Everything seemed to be an easy A. When I graduated, I graduated with high honors. That doesnt say much trust me. I wasnt prepared for the real world. A after four years in the professional world I decided I would try for a Masters degree but the quality of the education dropped significantly. They taught with outdated material and technology which made the content sub par. I applied to benu in lisle and found the content and class difficulty to be on track with graduate programs. Do yourself a favor put in the time and take more than 10 classes for your masters degree. A typical MBA will consist of 65 credit hours. Your only screwing yourself when you graduate with a degree where you are unable to apply the content."
Beth Sadler - 6/12/2018
Degree: Performing Arts
Graduation Year: 2015
"Hello! I actually transferred to Lewis University after my first two years at Joliet Junior College. My experience at the Junior College was exponentially better than my experience at Lewis University. It seemed as though there not a welcoming or accepting atmosphere at Lewis University. I was specifically singled out for being a transfer student in my chosen field which was quite frustrating at the time. I was disappointed in the character quality of some professors and students of the theatre department. Overall, the educational aspect was appropriate and challenging in a positive light. I honestly chose Lewis University for its local proximity to my home."
Kaitlin Hitt - 6/29/2017
Graduation Year: 2017
"I had fallen in love with Lewis University when I was a senior in high school. The campus was close to home and had beautiful landscaping. I had began as a nursing major which unfortunately was not the best experience. However, I changed my course of study to biology which turned out to be a life-changing decision. Although I was scared to start over with a new major, I became acclimated quickly for the professors were so easily approachable and the new classmates were immensely friendly. The professors in the biology program challenged me in ways I never knew I could be challenged. Each professor was trained differently so each had his or her own specialty which made each class much more interesting. Besides the amazing professors, the other staff members were wonderful as well. I had never felt unsafe while walking across campus because the campus police frequently walked around campus. My time at Lewis University was certainly a memorable one and I am glad I attended this institution for it has now prepared me for graduate school this coming fall."
Mark - 3/13/2017
Graduation Year: 2017
"Lewis was a professional and wonderful school to attend. I loved the teacher to student ratio and I felt that it allowed for strong communication and consideration. The school was lonely at times because it is populated with many computers but life on campus was alright."
Nicole - 3/13/2017
Graduation Year: 2017
"Lewis University by far has given me the most rewarding education and advice to be able to excel in my field of study as well as with serving as a just and honorable individual. It is a beautiful campus and it continues to grow to cater to its students and faculty. I have met many wonderful colleges and professors at Lewis and continue to believe that it will bring in and bring out the best in people."
Kathleen Posa - 3/5/2017
Graduation Year: 2012
"Lewis University's second degree bachelor's of science and nursing prepared me for my profession in nursing beyond my expectations prior to starting the program. In both of my jobs after graduation I have been able to excel in patient care and leadership opportunities. The diversity of the clinical placements throughout school helped me feel comfortably taking care of a multitude of patients with varying disease states. I especially took value in the critical care course and clinical experience as it prepared me for my current career in the medical intensive care unit at Loyola University Medical Center."
Anonymous - 7/22/2016
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2013
"I had great success with Lewis University. I went to one of their satellite locations in Albuquerque NM. The staff was very helpful and the teachers not only gave a lot of positive direction but were actively working in the fields that they are teaching. I am very organized and personally motivated so their 8 week class structure worked perfect for me. I was able to take online and classroom classes which was great for my schedule. Overall I have nothing but good things to say about Lewis University."