Notice of Merger of St. Augustine College into Lewis University
As announced on April 27, 2023, St. Augustine College intends to merge with and into Lewis University. Lewis University and St. Augustine College intend to conduct this merger with minimal interruption to your day-to-day student life, and both institutions are committed to St. Augustine College’s educational mission of promoting equitable changes in a global society
by providing academic excellence, advancement of knowledge, and creative innovations to equip graduates with a strong educational foundation, integrity, genuineness, and compassion. St. Augustine College and Lewis University will continue St. Augustine College’s history of providing multicultural support and bilingual education dedicated to strengthening personal identities and reinforcing cultural interaction for Latinos and individuals of diverse groups and faiths. Lewis University and St. Augustine College are also committed to continuing the full complement of programs currently offered by St. Augustine College.
To comply with educational regulatory requirements, the merger will be accomplished in two steps:
In the First Step, Lewis University will acquire control of St. Augustine College, but St. Augustine College will continue to exist as a separate, degree-granting, educational institution. Once St. Augustine College and Lewis University receive all appropriate regulatory approvals, Lewis University and St. Augustine College expect to complete the First Step on or about December 1, 2023. Since this First Step is subject to approval of educational regulatory agencies, it could occur shortly after December 1, 2023.
Question #1: How does this First Step impact me as a student at St. Augustine College?
Answer: You will see few changes, if any.
- You are still a student enrolled in your program at St. Augustine College.
- You will attend classes in the same manner as you did before the First Step occurred.
- You will have the same resident and adjunct professors and faculty.
- You will use the same syllabus.
- You will continue to receive the same education.
In the Second Step, St. Augustine College will no longer be a separate, degree-granting educational institution. It will exist within Lewis University and be known as the “St. Augustine College at Lewis University.” Once St. Augustine College and Lewis University receive all appropriate regulatory approvals, Lewis University and St. Augustine College hope to complete this Second Step during the 2024/2025 school year. Since this Second Step is subject to approval of educational regulatory agencies, it could be sooner or later than the 2024/2025 school year.
Question #2: How does this Second Step impact me as a student at St. Augustine College?
Answer: After the Second Step, you will be a student of Lewis University.
- You will be enrolled at the “St. Augustine College at Lewis University.”
- You will attend classes in the same manner that you did before the Second Step
- You will generally have the same resident and adjunct professors and faculty.
- You will generally use the same textbooks and course materials.
- You will continue to receive the same bilingual education.
Question #3: My expected graduation date is after the First Step, but before the Second Step. What school will I receive my degree from?
Answer: All St. Augustine students who complete their program before the Second Step will
receive a degree from St. Augustine College.
Question #4: By the time I completed my program, it was after the Second Step. What school
will I receive my degree from?
Answer: All St. Augustine students who complete their program after the Second Step will
receive a degree from Lewis University.
This is an exciting time for all members of the St Augustine community as this merger offers the promise of new and exciting possibilities in our future. For more information on the merger and how it may impact you, please use the following link to review our Frequently Asked Questions. You may also contact Marco Amaro, the Executive Director of Marketing and Communication at St. Augustine College at MAmaro@staugustine.edu.