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Arrupe Hosts College Panel

Arrupe Hosts College Panel

On Monday evening, September 26th, Arrupe College hosted a College Panel for students interested in transferring to four-year colleges and universities after graduating from Arrupe. Over sixty Arrupe students were present, and the panel included representatives from Loyola University Chicago, University of Chicago, Western Illinois University, Ripon College, Holy Cross College, Wheeling Jesuit University, Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame, and Saint Louis University.  Tanya Cabrera, Chair of The Illinois Dream Fund, also joined the panel.

The panel was organized by Arrupe’s new Director of College Placement, Ms. Julie Garcia, who comes to Arrupe after serving as the Coordinator of Student Services and College Counseling at Josephinum Academy, one of Arrupe’s top feeder schools.  Each college or university provided a ten minute presentation on their respective school and specifically focused on the scholarships and resources that they offer to transfer students. 

Ms. Garcia remarked, “The college and universities that came to present are committed to diversity and inclusion. They have been willing and enthusiastic to engage in conversations about how we can work collaboratively to ensure the success of our students. As a result, they were able to speak to the issues that directly impact our student body, ultimately allowing our students to see the institutions as viable options for the next phase of their education.”

For example, Saint Mary’s highlighted their student to faculty ratio of 10:1 and institutional aid and Holy Cross College noted that they have a great deal of experience serving first-generation college students, who constitute thirty-two percent of their student body.  Saint Louis University, which generously welcomed a group of students from Arrupe to their campus for a tour in August, also had a representative here throughout the day to have one-on-one meetings with Arrupe students. Wheeling Jesuit and Ripon College outlined numerous support initiatives already in place that Arrupe students would be able to access immediately upon arrival on campus.

Many Arrupe sophomores are busy working on their college transfer applications and Arrupe will host two more panels this fall to continue to help students learn more about the many options that are available to those interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree.