In the fall of 2015, Arrupe College opened its doors so students with limited financial resources could begin their college careers in a setting designed to maximize their opportunities for academic success. The program, leading to an associate's degree in Liberal Arts, Business, or Social and Behavioral Sciences, will enable students to transfer to a baccalaureate college by a series of deliberate and well-scripted experiences that are designed to be both curricular and character-building. The college is housed in Loyola's former business school, Maguire Hall, near State Street and Chicago Avenue.
This is an intensive program designed to build critical thinkers and disciplined leaders. A strong candidate graduates high school with a 2.5 GPA and completes an in-person interview at Arrupe College. Students who complete the program graduate with an associate's degree. These 62 credit hours are fully transferable to most Illinois institutions and many out-of-state colleges and universities.
The educational experience includes extensive one-on-one contact with experienced, full-time faculty. Faculty and staff receive specialized training to ensure that all members of the Arrupe community share common goals and values. As students of a college within a renowned four-year university, Arrupe students gain access to academic and social resources at Loyola's centrally located Water Tower Campus and beautiful Lake Shore Campus.
All students receive maximum student aid based on the results of their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is expected that at least 90 percent of students will carry no debt after completion of the program. To ensure financial literacy, counselors will advise families about college costs and the FAFSA prior to enrollment.