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


Welcome to Arrupe College, a nationally recognized model for higher education that provides an innovative, transformative education in the Jesuit tradition. Here, we make education affordable, accessible, and achievable for those historically underrepresented, many of whom are the first in their family to pursue higher education. Arrupe College will give you the tools to make a difference and positively transform the lives of individuals, families, and communities through the relationships you build as an Arrupe student and alum.

Arrupe is a place where anything is possible. Where students view service to others not just as one option among many, but as a constitutive dimension of their very being. Where the value of learning is measured not just in how much one knows, but by how much one can apply that knowledge to lift others for a more just society. We strive to prepare students to think critically, to engage the world of the 21st-century at ever deepening levels, and to become caring and compassionate individuals. In the truest sense of the Jesuit ideal, our graduates strive to be “men and women for others.”

Arrupe’s flexible schedule allows students to both work and complete a two-year associate’s degree in Liberal Arts, Business, or Social and Behavioral Sciences—and we help them do it on-time and with little to no debt. Our students and graduates are succeeding because Arrupe’s amazing faculty and staff work tirelessly to empower students to discover and develop their God-given gifts and talents, and together, we support them every step of the way.

Whether you are beginning your academic journey or still considering your options, I encourage you to apply and I invite you to reach out to faculty, staff, counselors, or me to learn more about all that Arrupe College has to offer.

Fr. Tom Neitzke, S.J., EdD
Dean and Executive Director
Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago