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Inaugural Class of Arrupe College
of Loyola University Chicago Students
Graduate with Four-Year Degrees
Eighty-four percent of alumni enrolled
in bachelor’s degree programs will graduate in 2019
CHICAGO, May 13, 2019—This month, Loyola University Chicago’s Arrupe College celebrates the success of its first graduating class completing their bachelor’s degrees at universities and colleges across the nation. Launched in 2015, Arrupe College is a two-year associate’s degree program that provides a rigorous liberal arts education to motivated students with limited financial resources and an interest in attending a four-year institution.
Nationally, 27 percent of low-income students who attend a two-year college and enroll in a bachelor’s program earn their bachelor’s degrees at the end of six years. This spring, 49 percent of Arrupe’s first class of graduates earned their bachelor’s degree in four years—two years after they received their associate’s at the inaugural Commencement and two years ahead of the national average. By the end of the calendar year, over 80 percent of Arrupe’s first graduating class will have bachelor’s degrees.
More than 20 Arrupe alumni crossed the stage at Gentile Arena as a part of Loyola University Chicago’s Commencement proceedings. Asya Meadows is one of those graduates.
“It’s a lot of work to meet everybody where they’re at and then bring everybody to the same level,” she said reflecting on the support she received at Arrupe. “Everybody has their own learning curve…They understand that life hits us in different ways.”
After flourishing at Arrupe as a Dean’s List scholar, student body president, and Commencement speaker, Meadows received one of the University’s Continuum Scholarships that funded her tuition and housing while she completed her bachelor’s degree at Loyola. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Loyola’s School of Communication in advertising and public relations and hopes to lend her expertise in a nonprofit or arts setting.
Alumni will also be receiving their bachelor’s degrees from a variety of institutions this spring, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Regis University, DePaul University, Columbia College of Chicago, and Dominican University.
“Arrupe College prepared me for my experience at Dominican University by creating a safe space where I was able to grow in a community,” said Blanca Rodriguez, an Arrupe alumna. “I felt motivated and encouraged to reach my goals by all my professors at Arrupe as they were always available and willing to answer questions or simply talk about life. I was part of the Phi Theta Kappa honors society and through the help of staff members, I was given opportunities that allowed me to step out of my comfort zone by connecting with other students from all over the United States.”
Rodriguez graduated from Dominican University with a Bachelor of Science in psychology earlier this May. Arrupe and Dominican recently formed a partnership that will allow many more students to enjoy a smooth transition while transferring from one school in downtown Chicago to the other in River Forest. The agreement provides increased support to Arrupe graduates in the transfer process and enables both institutions to work collaboratively in ensuring students’ success as they pursue their bachelor’s degrees.
“We are grateful that our colleagues at Loyola and at other institutions have embraced a cura personalis—‘care for the whole person’—approach in supporting our Arrupe alumni as they pursue their bachelor’s degrees,” said Stephen Katsouros, S.J., dean and executive director of Arrupe College. “I am in awe of what our students have accomplished and am so proud to see them participating in graduations around the country wearing our Arrupe College stoles. We are blessed to already have a network of alumni who are setting an inspiring pace for our current students.”
Arrupe looks forward to graduating its third class this August and celebrating the fifth anniversary of its founding at Loyola’s Founders Dinner in September. To learn more about Arrupe College, visit LUC.edu/arrupe.
About Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago
Named after Pedro Arrupe, S.J., former superior general of the Society of Jesus, Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago is a two-year associate’s degree program for motivated students with limited financial resources and an interest in attending a four-year institution after graduation. The program offers associate’s degrees in Arts and Humanities, Business, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The college’s unique education model features enhanced pre-enrollment orientation; a strong cohort and holistic, integrated series of supports for students to optimize their chances for academic and social success; intensive one-on-one contact with specialized faculty and staff; a degree that is fully transferable to state and private options throughout the state; and a financial strategy that permits low-income students to fully finance the cost of instruction with aid that does not include, or minimizes, assuming debt. Arrupe College is located at 1 E. Pearson Street, on Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus. To learn more about Arrupe College, visit LUC.edu/Arrupe, “like” us at Facebook.com/ArrupeChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @ArrupeChicago.
About Loyola University
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with more than 17,000 students. Nearly 12,000 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 13 schools, colleges, and institutes, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, Graduate School, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Ranked a top 100 national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.
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