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Why Arrupe?

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Why Arrupe? Launch your college career with the support you need. At Arrupe, you can earn a two-year associate’s degree in Liberal Arts, Business, or Social and Behavioral Sciences—and we’ll help you do it with little to no debt. Along the way, we’ll work with you as you discover your interests and goals, then determine your next steps and help you transfer to a four-year college to earn your bachelor’s degree.





Get Launched. The Arrupe Difference is Unparalleled Support.

Where do you want to be in ten years? Whatever your dreams are, they’re achievable with an Arrupe start. With small class sizes so professors get to know you, you’re not just a face in the crowd. Faculty and staff receive specialized training to ensure that all members of the Arrupe community share common goals and values. We also provide extra services to meet whatever needs you may have. Core courses form the foundation for your learning—and the skills and knowledge you gain from these courses—will serve you throughout your life.

Following graduation, our alumni take all different pathwaysstraight into the workforce, certificate programs, technical development programs and trade schools, while others continue onto bachelor and graduate degrees.

We make your goals achievable by
  • Extensive one-on-one contact with experienced, full-time professors
  • A college placement director to support you through the transfer process

And the guidance you receive as an Arrupe student doesn’t just stop after you’ve graduated. You’ll have access to career services, graduate support and transfer advising services to ensure you have the support you need for success.


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We’ve got you covered. Our Urban Campus is Convenient, Welcoming, and Abundant.

Located in the Heart of Chicagoland, Arrupe’s commuter-friendly campus is just north of the Loop, near the CTA’s Red Line-Chicago/State station and several Michigan Ave bus stops.

But when we talk about accessibility, we don’t just mean easy to get to. Once here, you’ll have access to not only academic advising, tutoring, counseling and case management specifically tailored to Arrupe students, but the entire Loyola University Chicago campus and all of its world-class resources will be at your fingertips.

As a student of a college within a renowned four-year university, you’ll gain access to academic and social resources at Loyola's centrally located Water Tower Campus and the beautiful Lake Shore Campus. That includes the Ramblers D1 athletic games, the student wellness center, integrated career services, state-of-the-art libraries, student diversity and multicultural affairs, the Damen Student Center, Campus Shuttle, and Halas Recreation Centerto name just a few.

And it doesn’t stop there. We also provide you with the tangible tools you need to succeed. If there’s something you need to be successful at Arrupe, we’ve probably already thought of it.

Every Arrupe student gets
  • A laptop computer
  • A Chicago Transit Authority Pass
  • Breakfast and lunch provided on class days
  • Access to The Market at Arrupe College, a food pantry with fresh produce and dairy, frozen foods, and canned goods
  • Access to social, cultural and spiritual student programs like movie nights, open mic events, dances and cultural read-ins
"Each professor I have had has left me with an experience that I will forever cherish.” JORGE ESCOBAR (AA ’20, BA ’22)


We’re putting our money on you. Most Arrupe students graduate with little to no debt. No, really.

Everyone knows college is expensive, right? Not at Arrupe College. That’s one of the many ways we’re different. Using an innovative model that ensures academic affordability while providing care for the whole personintellectually, morally, and spirituallywe prepare you to continue on to a bachelor’s program or meaningful employment of your choice.

Named after Pedro Arrupe, a Spanish Jesuit priest who promoted the alleviation of poverty and eradication of racial discrimination, Arrupe College provides a liberal arts education to diverse populations. Our tuition structure is designed to ensure students whose families have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) at or near $0 will graduate with an Associate’s degree with minimal debt. That means you can earn a two-year associate’s degree in Liberal Arts, Business, or Social and Behavioral Sciences at very little or no cost to you.

  • All students receive maximum student aid based on the results of their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you are an undocumented student or a DACA-eligible student, you are not required to file the FAFSA, however, you may be eligible for the Alternative Application for Illinois Student Aid (RISE Act) and other scholarship aid is available to ensure Arrupe is affordable.
  • To ensure financial literacy, counselors will advise families about college costs, available grants, and scholarships prior to enrollment

An affordable world-class education. You can take thatand the savings you’ll receive by attending Arrupeto the bank.


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