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Summer Enrichment at Loyola: Helping Chicago's Aspiring College Students

Summer Enrichment at Loyola (SEal) program was started in 2011 as a service to our Chicago community and an opportunity to deepen partnerships with select high schools around the city. The program seeks to increase college access and access among mid-performing high school students identified as low-income, first-generation, and/or students of color. To that end, SEal offers: skill development in key academic subjects; training on the college discernment application, and admission processes; and exposure to life at a values-based university through workshops and activities with current Loyola students. 

Program Participants

The SEaL program is an opportunity for academic and social enrichment for rising high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors from, but not limited to, the following Chicago are high schools:

Goals for SEaL participants

Dates To Remember

2014 Dates Action
Wednesday, March 12 Email sent to counselors requesting student nominations
Friday, April 4 Counselors: all student nominations due
Monday, April 7 Email sent to counselors to confirm list of nominated students
Friday, April 18 Student Applications Due
Monday, April 21 Email sent to counselors for confirming final applicant list
Week of April 21 Email notifications will be sent to admitted and wait listed students
Friday, April 25 Admission packets mailed to admitted SEaL students
Friday, May 2 Counselors: Transcripts due for all applicants due
Friday, May 9 Students confirm admission to program
Saturday, June 7 Mandatory Pre-Program Family Meeting for students, counselors, and parents
Monday, June 23 First day of SEaL program
Friday, July 4 SEaL Program Not In Session - DAY OFF
Friday, July 11 SEaL Program Conludes - Graduation Luncheon for students, staff, families, and counselors

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Application Process

  1. High school counselors from each location will nominate qualified students for program. 
  2. Nominated high school student will be asked to complete online application (available March 1, 2014).
  3. After application is processed students will be asked to submit transcripts for admission into the program. 
  4. Upon admission decison, students will recieive acceptance packet with forms that must be reviewed and signed by parent or guardian. 
  5. To ensure placement in the program, students must attend the mandatory Pre-Program Meeting for students, counselors, and parents (Saturday, June 7, 2014).

Program Details

DATES: June 23 - July 11, 2014 (with July 4th off)

TIMES: Monday – Friday,  8:30am – 5:00pm

The summer session is followed by continued remote mentoring throughout the school year, a Fall reunion weekend, Spring meeting and invitation to the following SEaL summer program.

In addition to the academic component of the program, SEaL participants meet in small groups with ‘College Coaches’—current student leaders at Loyola—who lead Activity and Reflection Periods with the students. The College Coaches are resources, models and mentors about the college discernment, application, and selection process.  In the words of SEaL participants:

“[The College Coaches] would teach us things that you could not learn in a classroom. We would connect on a different level.”

“My favorite time was activity/reflection time because it let us understand and get to know each other more. With reflection we got to know about [each other’s] personalities and who [we] are inside. With the activities, we got to spend time together and have fun.”

A sample daily program schedule is as follows:

2014 Academic Subjects

Rising Freshmen

(Students entering 9th Grade)

Rising Sophomores

(Students entering 10th grade) 

Rising Juniors

(Students entering 11th grade) 

Rising Seniors

(Students entering 12th grade)

Reading Comprehension

Science Reasoning 

Math, Problem-Solving, & Logic 

Expository Writing 

(Personal Statement/College Essay)

Writing Composition

Science Lab

ACT Math

Academic Writing

(Research Paper)


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Summer Scholars · The Office of First-Year Experience · 255 Sullivan Center, 1032 West Sheridan Road, Chicago IL 60660 · Phone: 773.508.7381 · summerscholars@luc.edu

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