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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

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Dear Friends of Arrupe College,

$2.5 million.

That was the total amount netted at Arrupe’s fifth anniversary celebration—more than double what we were originally anticipating for a first major fundraiser for our startup college. The occasion was Loyola University Chicago’s Annual Founders’ Dinner, which this year was dedicated to celebrating the founding of Arrupe College.

The 800 attendees at Chicago’s iconic Board of Trade, now a fantastic venue space, demonstrated their commitment to making Jesuit higher education achievable, accessible, and affordable for young people who are first gen, Pell eligible, and often underrepresented at private colleges and universities like Loyola.

Founding board members Lidia Bastianich and Mark Shriver received the Spirit of Arrupe award. Lidia reflected on her own experience as an immigrant and thanked attendees who support today’s immigrants who enroll at Arrupe College. Mark acknowledged the challenges that our students sometimes face when he said Pope Francis urges all of us to accompany one another, at times requiring us to enter into each other’s chaos.

Loyola University President Jo Ann Rooney presented LUC’s Heart of Loyola Award to trustee and alum John Schreiber and his wife Kathy, major benefactors of Arrupe. The Schreibers described Arrupe’s financial model—Arrupe is an academic unit within Loyola and offers high quality education at a lower cost—and then proceeded to challenge the crowd with a paddle raise match. The result: $1.5 million of the total of $2.5 million, as participants supported funding Arrupe’s summer orientation, meal and laptop programs, job and career services, college transfer counseling, and post-graduate support.

The highlight of the evening was speaker Abby Bautista, a member of Arrupe’s inaugural class, now a graduate student at Loyola. Abby drew enthusiastic applause when she announced that she was the first woman in her family to graduate from college. Arrupe, Abby declared, made a college education, what had seemed “impossible, possible.” A fan of Toy Story character Jessie, Abby was surprised at the conclusion of her remarks by Joan Cusack, the voice of Jessie, who presented Abby with a doll of the character.

Arrupe’s assistant dean for development Steve Holte’s attention to details and donors resulted in the most successful Founders’ Dinner in LUC’s history. He is among the founders of Arrupe, as are our board members, faculty, staff, students, graduates, and donors--founders of a college described as a transformational program with the potential to disrupt higher education. Enjoy the photos of our fifth anniversary celebration, and thank you for your support.

God’s blessings,

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