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College Counseling Department Hosts Successful Virtual College Fair

On Tuesday, March 23, Loyola Academy's College Counseling Department hosted its annual College Fair for students and parents to begin the college exploration process. Though this year’s event was virtual, with over 100 colleges and universities in attendance it remains one of the largest fairs in the state of Illinois.
Live sessions with college admissions representatives enabled Ramblers to ask questions and interact with the reps, who delivered presentations about everything from the athletic recruitment process, pursuing fine and performing arts and how to navigate the college selection process for undecided majors. Students were encouraged to attend multiple sessions to gain exposure to a range of different schools, and sessions were recorded for those unable to check off every school on their list.

College Counselor Kelly Dutmers ’98 notes that this year’s virtual format expanded access to many families who may have found it challenging to attend the college fair in-person due to work, family commitments, location/commuting and other time constraints. The result? Nearly 3,000 registrations came through for this year’s fair.  

In addition, the virtual format seems to have afforded Ramblers and their parents with more flexibility and choice. “Families were able to pivot in and out of different sessions during the same time slot, making it easier and more efficient to navigate the fair,” Dutmers explains. “Because of this, our students and their parents were also able to learn about and ask questions to a larger quantity of universities during the night.” 

In 2020, 97 percent of Loyola's senior class went on to four-year colleges and universities. 23 percent matriculated at Jesuit schools and an additional 11 percent went on to other Catholic colleges. View our School Profile for more information on the Class of 2020 and academics at Loyola Academy.
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