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,
We remain on strict stay at home orders here in Chicago, and while classes at Arrupe for our summer term begin today, we will deliver those classes online, as we have since March. Despite these changes and challenges, Arrupe students continue to exceed expectations: 92 of our current students earned grade point averages of 3.5 or higher during the spring semester—our largest group of Dean’s List members in Arrupe’s five year history.
Our graduates also inspire us. During the month of May, many Arrupe grads completed their bachelor’s degrees at four year institutions. In fact, 75% of the students from our first two Arrupe cohorts have now earned their bachelor’s—more than ten times the national average for those who, like our students, start at two year colleges.
One of those students is a young man I will call Jeffrey. I recall meeting Jeffrey before he enrolled at Arrupe; he attended “Arrupe Night,” a gathering we host for accepted students. Jeffrey’s grandmother and aunt accompanied him to the event. My role at Arrupe Night has been to present our incoming students with their frames. I suggest they can use the frames for photos of their high school prom dates or their graduations, but two years from now, they should replace those photos with a new occupant for their frame: their diploma from Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Jeffrey’s grandmother and aunt rose to their feet cheering as we all imagined his future and the futures of our other incoming freshmen.
Fast forward: Jeffrey did indeed graduate from Arrupe in two years, and his grandmother and aunt celebrated with him at the ceremony. He worked at a bank, a job made possible by an Arrupe board member. Jeffrey studied accounting and finance at an Illinois state university, and he graduated in May—his bachelor’s completed in four years. There was no in person graduation ceremony because of the coronavirus.
But the coronavirus has impacted Jeffrey even more significantly: his grandmother died of complications from COVID-19 in April. When I called Jeffrey, he spoke eloquently and lovingly about his grandmother. “I’m getting this degree to make my grandmother proud of me,” he said resolutely. Jeffrey begins his training as a financial analyst at the bank in July. I have no doubt his grandmother is proud of him. We all are.
Thank you for supporting Arrupe College. Your support is an investment into the future. During a time of uncertain future, you are investing in the futures of our students and grads, young people like Jeffrey.
Steve Katsouros, S.J.
Dean and Executive Director
Loyola University Chicago
P.S. When you can, please take the opportunity to read about what I hope will be a future trajectory for higher education, a trajectory set by our work at Arrupe.
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