SEM Hosts Jesuit College Excellence Tour

Admissions counselors from 14 Jesuit colleges and universities highlighted their service-learning programs.

Current sophomores and juniors who have just begun the college process got the opportunity to face-to-face talk to admissions representatives from several Jesuit schools at the second annual Jesuit College Excellence Tour on the morning of Tuesday, March 12.

There are 221 Catholic colleges and universities in the United States and 28 of them are Jesuit. Jesuit schools focus on the integration of service in their programs. According to the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), students in Jesuit schools are encouraged to “explore the distinctive and constructive ways in which their knowledge and talents will best serve society.”

There were a total of 14 Jesuit colleges and universities from the Eastern U.S. on the tour: Canisius College, Fairfield University, John Carroll University, Le Moyne College, Loyola University Chicago, Loyola University Maryland, Marquette University, Saint Joseph’s University, Saint Louis University, Saint Peter’s University, Spring Hill College, University of Detroit Mercy, University of Scranton and Xavier University.

Developing leadership skills is one of the qualities these schools can help students cultivate in their college years.

“Because of the smaller class size in Jesuit schools, students are more likely to take part in discussions and driven to express their tough reflections. It prepares them to be ready to go out to the world, speak up, and make differences,” said Hannah Shirkey, admission counselor of Xavier University.

Sophomores and juniors came to the tour during their free periods to get to know more about their interested programs of the school and some even had their first time speaking to colleges admission counselors.

“I thought I would be extremely nervous when I think of talking to a college admission counselor because I always felt I was not ready yet,” said Irene Zhang ’20, “but they’re actually really nice people to chat and they just wanted to know you more.”

SEM’s college counselor Molly Greene said there are two or three SEM students who choose to go to Jesuit colleges or universities each year.

“They go to Jesuit schools not because they’re Catholic but hope to seek quality and service-oriented education from there,” said Mrs. Greene.