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,

You may know of the extraordinary work of the Cristo Rey High School network. The Cristo Rey financial model is based on all of the students enrolled in these high schools working one day a week in corporate or nonprofit settings to cover much of their tuition expenses. What Cristo Rey has done for creating access for young people from limited financial means to attend Catholic high schools, Arrupe College is accomplishing on the college level - albeit with a very different financial model. Arrupe, a college of Loyola University Chicago, leverages the resources and infrastructure already present at Loyola to create a new model for providing high quality, high touch higher ed at a lower cost for students who are often underrepresented in selective universities. Over 60% of our budget is covered by student revenues: federal and state aid our students receive, and minimal tuition. Generous benefactors provide the resources for the balance of our budget.

While Arrupe students aren’t required to work in order to cover their tuitions and fees, a la Cristo Rey students, they need to work. Our students have family financial obligations; often, their earnings contribute significantly to their families’ livelihoods.

To assist our students - and graduates - in their searches for employment is “the jobs lady.” Leah Brunk joined the Arrupe team in April 2019 as the College’s director of employer relations and recruiting. A member of Loyola’s Career Services division, Leah reports that nearly 60% of our students are employed. They hold work study positions within Arrupe and across Loyola University. Some work part time jobs in food service, at Starbucks, Chipotle, and Chick-fil-A. Others can be found earning paychecks at Whole Foods, Walgreens, or Macy’s. Some of our students hold positions in educational institutions such as Frances Xavier Warde School or Chicago Jesuit Academy, while others work in health professions at Rush or Lurie Children’s hospitals. Many Arrupe students have found employment at Grant Thornton or at Wintrust Bank.

Leah supports our students with career exploration services, a weekly newsletter detailing job opportunities, and regularly scheduled career panels, which invite professionals to describe their paths to careers in business or STEM. As our students complete their degrees at Arrupe, Leah is a resource for our grads when they enter the workforce with their associate’s degrees or seek jobs and internships while they continue their undergrad studies. Never dull for Arrupe’s “jobs lady.”

Arrupe College students succeed because of their talent, drive, and commitment to their goals, and because of the support they receive from dedicated faculty and staff such as Leah Brunk. Academic advising, social work services, peer tutoring, academic coaching, and job counseling reinforce the coursework and degree programs offered at Arrupe and address our students’ needs. The Jesuit educational aspiration, “cura personalis,” care for the whole person, is made real at Arrupe in the services and opportunities available to our students.

So often I receive this question about Arrupe: “How can I help?” If you’re in the Chicagoland area and you know of a local organization that can provide jobs and internships for our students, contact Leah at lbrunk@luc.edu - that's how!

Thank you for your enthusiasm for our students and our mission.

God’s blessings,

Steve Katsouros, SJ
Founding Dean and Executive Director
Arrupe College
Loyola University Chicago


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