Loyola University Chicago

Summer Scholars


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 success 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 area high schools:

  • Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory High School          
  • Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
  • Curie Metro High School
  • Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy
  • John Marshall Metro High School
  • Kelly High School
  • Noble Street College Prep
  • Senn High School
  • Southland College Prep

Goals for SEaL participants

  • To improve academic skills in key subject areas for success in high school.
  • To improve practical and cognitive skills needed to succeed in achievement testing, and the college application process.
  • To increase understanding of the college discernment, application, and selection process and preparedness for success at each stage.
  • To connect to Loyola University Chicago, a values-based community of learners, and be able to identify campus resources available to students.

Application Process

  1. High school counselors, teachers, and mentors from each location will nominate qualified students for program. 
  2. Nominated student will be asked to complete online application (available TBD, May 2016).
  3. After application is processed students will be asked to submit transcripts for admission into the program. 
  4. Upon admission decision, students will receive acceptance packet with forms that must be reviewed and signed by parent, guardian or supporter. 
  5. To ensure placement in the program, students must attend the mandatory Pre-Program Meeting for students, counselors, and parents in June, 2016.
  6. Please submit online application; if that is not possible you can find the paper application bellow

Program Details

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

SEaL: Information Packet Counselor/Teacher/Supporter Packet

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:

  • 8:30am – Meet with College Coach for Breakfast
  • 9:00am – Academic course #1
  • 10:30am – College Prep Class
  • 12:00pm – Lunch
  • 12:45pm – Activity Period
  • 2:00pm – Academic course #2
  • 3:30pm – Study Skills workshop or Reflection Period
  • 4:45pm – Daily wrap-up
  • 5:00pm – Departure
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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Coming in Fall 2014

Our Summer Enrichment program at Loyola is expanding to provide support to current foster youth from Chicago.

This year-long program will feature monthly meetings, and an intensive on-campus experience over the summer. During the summer portion of the program, participants will engage in a 4-week program, beginning with a week at Loyola’s Retreat and Ecology Campus. The program will continue on the Lake Shore Campus for the remaining 3 weeks, where students will integrate into our Summer Enrichment at Loyola program.

Through peer and staff mentoring and referral to campus resources, the program will work to support students' academic achievement and personal development, and promote the realization of each student's educational and career goals.

Interested students can contact our office directly for application information. 

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