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The college application process offers an important opportunity for students to build confidence and competence – two important traits colleges look for in successful applicants. We believe that the college search, application, and decision-making process should be student-focused, incorporating the Ignatian practices of reflection and discernment.

In other words, we want to help students discover who they are and articulate what they are hoping for from their college experience.  We help students identify their strengths, weaknesses and goals and provide practical and timely information about applying to college.

Parents and counselors are important partners in this process. College Counselors work closely with School Counselors to provide information and support to students and their families throughout the college application process.  We meet with students in Formation classes, in workshops, and on an individual basis to help them in this exciting time.

Class of 2021 College Destinations

Upcoming Events

List of 4 events.

  • Financial Aid Seminar for Parents of Seniors

    This session is designed for parents and guardians of seniors exploring scholarships and/or need-based financial assistance for college. Presentations focus specifically on the needs of current seniors, placing emphasis on:
    • Scholarships, grants and loans
    • How and when to apply for aid
    • How financial aid awards are made
    • Public and private college financial aid programs
    • Using the Net Price Calculator to anticipate college costs
  • FAFSA Completion Workshop

    For many students and families who have never completed a FAFSA, the form can seem a little overwhelming. Families are encouraged to attend this workshop to receive help and guidance with filling out this important financial aid application. This workshop is offered in partnership with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, or ISAC. Registration may be required.
  • College Seminar for Parents of Juniors

    College Counselors will provide an important overview of the college counseling program at Loyola Academy.
  • College Horizons

    A panel of college admission representatives from four types of colleges (public, liberal arts, Jesuit, highly selective) will discuss how applications are evaluated at their institutions. The panel will review real transcript examples and provide a behind-the-scenes peek into an admissions committee.
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We're here to help, please contact us with any questions

List of 5 members.

  • Photo of Mark Porcaro

    Mr. Mark Porcaro 

    College Counseling Department Chair
    (847) 920-2526
  • Photo of Kelly Dutmers

    Mrs. Kelly Dutmers 98

    College Counselor
    (847) 920-2703
  • Photo of Nancy Menendez

    Ms. Nancy Menendez 

    College Counselor
    (847) 920-2678
  • Photo of Lizabeth Riggs

    Ms. Lizabeth Riggs 

    College Counselor
    (847) 920-2539
  • Photo of James Simon

    Mr. James Simon 

    College Counselor
    (847) 920-2519

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