On Monday, March 20, Loyola Academy’s College Counseling Department hosted its annual College Fair for students and parents to begin the college exploration process. With over 165 colleges and universities and nearly 500 Ramblers in attendance, Loyola’s College Fair remains one of the largest private high school college fairs in the state of Illinois.
New this year, college representatives were stationed throughout the school to maximize space and allow Ramblers to spend more time with schools of interest. Entrance to the fair was staggered to allow juniors and their parents to enter first, optimizing their time, followed by sophomores and their parents slightly later.
Since 2016, Loyola has utilized StriveScan, which makes QR code scanning available for students and institutions. The QR codes eliminate the time-consuming process of filling out contact cards and enable students to focus their time and energy engaging college reps and getting important questions answered.
“Preparations for the event involved months of planning and coordinating by the college counseling team, whose efforts were led by College Counselor Ms. Kelly Dutmers ’98, who worked extensively over logistics and details over the past year,” explains College Counseling Department Chair Mr. Mark Porcaro. Mr. Porcaro added that many of the college representatives shared with him how impressed they were with the overall event and the preparation of Loyola students.
Colleges from across the globe were represented at the fair. Those farthest away in Europe included University of St. Andrews, the American University of Paris, and IE University in Madrid. The closest colleges represented included Northwestern University and Loyola University Chicago.
Many thanks to members of Loyola’s Torch Club and Insignis who helped welcome college reps to campus; their assistance was an instrumental part of the evening’s success.
A full list of participating colleges and universities can be found here.
In 2022, 98 percent of Loyola’s senior class went on to four-year colleges and universities. 23 percent matriculated at Jesuit schools and an additional 9 percent went on to other Catholic colleges. View our Student Profile for more information on the Class of 2022 and academics at Loyola Academy.