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Jesuit Excellence Tour Comes to Seattle

on June 24, 2011 in New This Month, Selecting Your College

I recently attended The Jesuit Excellence Tour breakfast for counselors at Seattle University. Representatives from many of the 28 Jesuit Universities nationwide presented updates on their schools and programs. Father Stephen Sundborg, president of Seattle University, gave an excellent introduction to the Jesuit educational philosophy, highlighting the commonalities between all of the universities. There are 110 Jesuit universities worldwide, encompassing the world’s largest educational and operational consortium. This globalization allows the consortium to open the world to their students. Father Sundborg’s presentation provided an excellent reminder of the reason a Jesuit education would be a good fit for some students. The following is a summary of the Jesuit experience addressed by Father Sundborg. :

  • A strong humanities-based education, focused on educating the whole person
  • A sequenced core curriculum, built one on top of another in a foundation
  • Edgy academics-questions on the edge with a focus on world events
  • How are you going to use your education in the world?
  • Universities built in the heart of cities, engaging students in community service where it is needed most
  • Mission-driven education, very clear and connecting all 28 universities
  • Service learning as a key component, engaging students locally and globally
  • Care of the person, no anonymity for a student
  • Strong spirituality, students want to engage this way
  • No proselytizing, honoring the student on their own path to spirituality
  • Community with diversity, committed to justice

Highlights of Universities Presenting at the Breakfast

Fordham University (Bronx and Manhattan, New York)

  • Two campus locations, Rose Hill and Lincoln Center
  • Over 90% get academic credit for internships
  • Pre-vet and other pre-professional programs offered

Gonzaga University (Spokane, Washington)

  • Over 40% of students study abroad
  • The Florence, Italy campus offers courses in English
  • Engineering, nursing and business students schedule allow for study abroad

Creighton University (Omaha, Nebraska)

  • The Nursing Program is direct admit
  • Energy Technology is a new program
  • Downtown Omaha allows students access to strong theater and music

Loyola Marymount University (los Angeles, California)

  • A new science building is on the way
  • The new library recently opened

Loyola University Chicago (Chicago, Illinois)

  • All freshmen live on campus on the lake
  • Over 40% come from out of state
  • Unlimited access to all public transportation in Chicago
  • Campus in Rome with their own professors
  • Largest Jesuit university in the country

Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore, Maryland)

  • Popular majors include business and education
  • Seventy percent of students study abroad
  • Extensive internship opportunities in the DC/Baltimore corridor

Loyola University New Orleans (New Orleans, Louisiana)

  • Located directly in the uptown part of the city
  • Very international student body
  • Internships are required of business majors freshmen year
  • College of Music and Fine Arts includes a music industry studies program along with two recording studios

Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

  • Located two blocks from downtown
  • Students are required to live on campus during the first two years
  • New engineering building this fall
  • Basketball is popular!

Regis University (Denver, Colorado)

  • 300 days of sun in Denver
  • Eight full-tuition scholarships are given each year
  • Peace and Justice offers a full tuition scholarship, this is growing and popular major
  • Students with a 3.0 or higher are admitted into science programs

St. Louis University (St. Louis, Missouri)

  • Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus
  • The arts are big in St. Louis, offering students many opportunities
  • Campus located five minutes from downtown
  • Also a campus in Madrid, Spain
  • Unique program at the Aviation School
  • Engineering is very popular
  • Two hospitals on campus and new research facilities

St. Peter’s College (Jersey City, NJ)

  • Family-oriented atmosphere
  • Close to New York City
  • Communications is popular
  • New center for science
  • Criminal Justice a popular program for students interested in CIA/FBI
  • Students with 3.5 GPA and 1050 (CR/M) get half off tuition
  • New student center
  • The campus is 50% residential

Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, California)

  • Washington students represent SCU’s second most popular state
  • Must choose one of three schools when applying
  • Revised their core curriculum recently around a capstone theme
  • Residential learning communities connect students with classes and are tied to a residential theme
  • Over 50% study abroad including engineering students
  • SCU is on the quarter system

Seattle University (Seattle, Washington)

  • Very diverse and urban campus community
  • Over half are from out of state and the community is religiously diverse
  • Recent library expansion and new apartment units
  • Addition to athletic center
  • New majors in molecular biology and marine biology

University of San Francisco (San Francisco, California)

  • Many students from Hawaii, a luau for the entire campus every year
  • Very diverse campus with a global perspective
  • New York and Massachusetts send many students
  • Expanding the science program with a new science center

Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio)

  • Ninety percent of students live on campus
  • High acceptance rate to medical school
  • New dining and residential buildings
  • Communications is popular
  • Business and Education programs offer freshmen start
  • Education program require classroom teaching, helping students decide if this is the career they want
  • Half of students are from out of state

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