East–West University

Coordinates: 41°52′17″N 87°37′28″W / 41.871316°N 87.624454°W / 41.871316; -87.624454

This article is about the university in Chicago, Illinois. For the university in Dhaka, Bangladesh, see East West University.
East-West University

The Loftrium, or "West Building," and Student
Life Center, at 819 and 829 S. Wabash Avenue
Motto "Excellence and Service"
Type Private
Established 1980
Chancellor Dr. M. Wasiullah Khan
Location 816 S. Michigan Avenue
, Illinois, U.S.
Campus urban
Colors Blue and Gold
Nickname Phantoms
Website http://www.eastwest.edu/

East–West University is a private, non-profit, non-denominational college in Chicago's South Loop neighborhood. The University was founded in 1980. East-West offers two and four year degrees. The university has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1983.


The university is housed in three buildings connected by bridges. The East Building at 816 S. Michigan was the original home of the university when it opened on September 5, 1980. In 1999, the university acquired The Loftrium Building, also known as the West Building, at 819 S. Wabash Avenue. In 2014 the university opened its Student Life Center at 829 S. Wabash, which connects to the Loftrium. The 17-story building was designed by the firm of Holabird & Root and includes an auditorium, gym and dormitory space for 220 students.[1]


In 2013 East-West had the second lowest average student loan debt per graduate in America.[2]

Programs and departments

Lecture series

The East-West Perspectives lecture series has attracted notable speakers such as architect Jeanne Gang, journalist Salim Muwakkil, investment manager Louis Holland, author and labor lawyer Thomas Geoghegan, former Chicago Tribune columnist Mike Conklin, and Beyond the Beltway host Bruce DuMont. The lectures are free, and held on the third Tuesday of the month in October, November, January, February and March; and the third Wednesday of the month in April and May.


East–West University houses The Centre for Postnormal Policy and Futures Studies.


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