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Alexander Benson

Words on Admission

Hello, my name is Alex and I'm an Admission Counselor here at Loyola. I'm a Loyola grad myself, and I'm proud to continue my relationship with the University as a staff member in the Undergraduate Admission Office. Most of the students I work with hail from the Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton areas of Ohio, as well as some of Chicago's western 'burbs. I hope you enjoy my blog, which will focus on the admission process and other Loyola topics.

Common FAQs for Loyola’s Application Process

October 15th, 2013

Fall is a busy time of year here in the Loyola Admissions Office. In addition to traveling around the country, our admission counselors are also busy assisting students as they navigate the application process. We get a wide variety of questions during this time of year, but there are a few questions in particular we […]


Tips for College Fair Attendance

September 5th, 2013

Oh man, it’s been a minute since I last blogged. But the Fall is upon us again which means another admission cycle and more importantly, COLLEGE FAIR SEASON! While College Fair Season isn’t an official season like Summer or Fall, there are a number exciting things about the start of this time of year. College […]


Loyola Joins The Missouri Valley Conference: UPDATE

Loyola Joins The Missouri Valley Conference: UPDATE

April 19th, 2013

It’s been a busy couple of weeks at Loyola. We opened our awesome new Damen Student Center and started construction to revamp our on student gym, Halas. But perhaps the busiest office on campus was the Athletics. They did two majors things over the past week. First, they hired a new women’s basketball coach, Sheryl […]


Damen Student Center

Damen Student Center

March 11th, 2013

If you haven’t heard, Loyola’s new student union (the Damen Student Center) is opening up this April. Although construction crews are putting the finishing touches on the interior building, I had the opportunity to tour the facility last week. It’s a truly incredible space. Our current student union (CSFU) has served it purpose on campus […]


Looking Forward To Spring

March 4th, 2013

Well, it’s been a minute since I last wrote. This has been due in large part to what admission counselors call “reading season.” This is the time of year we read the numerous applications that students filled out in the Fall. Much like the “holiday season,” this time of year is stressful, fun, busy and […]


Some Simple, But Obvious, Tips For Applying

October 26th, 2012

Applying to college can be a daunting process. It appears like there is an endless number of things to fill out and send. I remember applying to schools not too long ago and thinking how over whelming it was. Now looking at the application process from the other end, I see how stress can take it’s toll […]


Around the Country and Back Again

Around the Country and Back Again

October 22nd, 2012

It’s been a long October. I’ve been literally all over the country, visiting high schools and attending college fairs. At one point, I visited three time zones in less than 48 hours. I felt like some world famous rapper on a global tour. But I wasn’t on tour. And I am not a world famous […]


Loyola Hoops

Loyola Hoops

September 14th, 2012

For many, the start of the Fall signals the return of some of the nation’s most popular sports. Specifically college and professional football. I am not one of those many. In fact, I think I’m one of the few. Because, for me, the start of Fall means that basketball season is right around the corner. I follow […]


It’s That Time of Year Again

It’s That Time of Year Again

August 24th, 2012

August is coming to an end. The warmth that has enveloped Chicago the last couple months will flee and we will return those cold winters the city is famous for. While summer turning to fall means colder weather, it also means travel season is approaching for admission counselors around the world. Travel season is when admission counselors […]


What’s Up World?!

What’s Up World?!

August 17th, 2012

Hello! My name is Alex Benson and I’m an undergraduate admission counselor here at Loyola. I’ll be blogging through out the year, so I thought I’d take some time to tell a little about myself. I’m originally come from the great state of California. Specifically, Sacramento. I came to Loyola a couple years ago to attend the university. […]