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Lewis U. Outgrows Uptown Campus

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Lewis University, which has seen enrollment more than double in three years, plans to triple the size of its campus in Uptown.

The private, nonprofit university will add nearly 6,000 square feet to its current 2,232 square feet at 2440 Louisiana NE, across from Coronado Center mall. The Albuquerque campus, opened in 2009, is the only branch campus outside Illinois of Lewis University in suburban Chicago.

“We’re a Catholic-based university with a wide range of degree offerings with a home campus in Illinois,” said Jim Saya, executive director of Lewis University-Albuquerque, about its appeal to prospective students.

The college has grown from 70 students in six undergraduate degree programs in 2009 to 163 undergraduates plus 16 MBA candidates. The campus is adding two on-site master’s programs, psychology and organizational leadership, plus another six online master’s programs.

The expansion, which was projected to take place this year when the campus opened, will provide an additional three offices, four classrooms, computer lab, students commons area and resource room. The new space is expected to be ready by the beginning of 2013.

The university also offers undergraduate courses at the Kirtland Air Force Base Education Center.

Along the same line as other branch and satellite college campuses in Albuquerque, Lewis University offers a user-friendly format for its classes to accommodate nontraditional students juggling work, family and social obligations. The local campus has 49 adjunct or part-time staff and class sizes range from 9 to 12 students.
— This article appeared on page B1 of the Albuquerque Journal

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