Message from the dean and executive director
Dear Friends of Arrupe College,
Since the founding of Arrupe in 2015, we have tracked critical institutional metrics: incoming grade point averages; percentage of students eligible for federal and state aid; percentage of graduates from Chicago’s public, charter, and Catholic high schools; retention rates for freshmen to sophomore year; and, as of last year with the graduation of our first class, graduation rates.
We continue to follow and support our graduates. Our graduate support coordinator, Patrick Durgin, is charged with being in touch with Arrupe alumni, helping them navigate new campuses or new jobs, visiting them, and convening reunions.
At our summer alumni reunion in June, we caught up with our graduates who are working, participating in job training programs, or enrolled in four-year colleges and universities. From the last group, we picked up two new institutional metrics.
First, we are now able to measure alumni persistence. Persistence is defined as staying enrolled at any college or university between given semesters. We have learned that Arrupe graduates that matriculated at four-year institutions in the fall of 2017 had a persistence rate of 97% between fall and spring semesters.
Our students from the Class of 2017 have enrolled and persisted at Columbia College of Chicago, Concordia University, Dominican University, Eastern Illinois University, Georgetown University, Illinois College, Loyola University Chicago, Loyola University New Orleans, National Louis University, Northeastern Illinois University, University of Illinois Chicago, University of Wisconsin Madison, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Regis University, Ripon College, Robert Morris University, Silver Lake University, and Western Illinois University.
We also are closely following retention, defined as staying enrolled at the same institution between given semesters. Since only one Arrupe graduate transferred between first and second semesters, we can report a 95% retention rate.
Obviously, these are great results, and we are proud of our alumni and their success. I am also grateful for my colleagues at Arrupe College, who prepared our alumni to be successful in four- year institutions during their two years with us at Arrupe.
At our reunion, graduates who are continuing their studies at Loyola University Chicago, Columbia College of Chicago, Georgetown University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Western Illinois University served on a panel for our current students and shared their wisdom and advice on how to persist in school after graduating from Arrupe.
Arrupe’s second class graduates in August after they finish the summer semester with us. Please pray for them and for their persistence. Thank you for praying for the entire Arrupe community. You and your intentions are in my prayers.
Steve Katsouros, SJ
Dean and Executive Director
Loyola University Chicago