Mission & Message

Mission Statement

Arrupe College is a two-year college of Loyola University Chicago that continues the Jesuit tradition of offering a rigorous liberal arts education to a diverse population, many of whom are the first in their family to pursue higher education.

Using an innovative model that ensures affordability while providing care for the whole person—intellectually, morally, and spiritually—Arrupe prepares its graduates to continue on to a bachelor’s program or move into meaningful employment. Heeding the call of its namesake, renowned Jesuit leader Pedro Arrupe, S.J., the college inspires its students to strive for excellence, work for justice, and become “persons for others.”

Message from the Dean and Executive Director


Dear Friends of Arrupe College,

Arrupe’s third class graduated in August. Commencement celebrations at Arrupe begin with our community gathering for Mass at Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral, where students, families, friends, and colleagues pray in thanksgiving for the accomplishments of the class. Graduation takes place at Loyola University of Chicago’s iconic Mundelein Center; this year, 102 students received associate’s degrees in liberal arts, business administration, or social and behavioral sciences.

Paul Tough, author of The New York Times bestseller How Children Succeed (2013) has visited Arrupe and several other colleges and universities as he wrote his follow up book on postsecondary education, The Most Important Years, available on Amazon and elsewhere now. Paul writes, Arrupe is “doing a more impressive job of keeping its students enrolled and on track for success than any other institution I visited.”

Paul describes successful students like members of Arrupe’s Class of 2019. One of our new graduates observed, “I came to Arrupe for the affordability. I stayed at Arrupe for the sense of community and for the opportunity.”

Thank you for joining us in celebrating our graduates who built community, who embraced the opportunity, and who completed an associate’s degree at a Jesuit college debt free.

Thank you for praying for our students’ continued success. You and your intentions are in my prayers.

God’s blessings,

Steve Katsouros, S.J.
Dean and Executive Director
Arrupe College
Loyola University Chicago