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Jesuit colleges tour Spokane: Part 2

Xavier University Building
Xavier University Building
Cathy McMeekan

In May a group of Jesuit college representatives visited Spokane as part of the Jesuit Excellence Tour (JET). As part of the group of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities, these admissions reps provided updates on their campuses. To recap from the first article, although all the colleges have the common Jesuit mission, they all offer distinctive programs. At the core Jesuit education is about educating men and women for others which includes attending to the intellectual, spiritual, and physical education of students.

Fifteen Jesuit campuses sent representatives to Spokane and the highlights from 7 of them are in the first article written about the Spokane JET program. This article contains the campus updates from the five more of Jesuit colleges on this year’s tour to Spokane.

Loyola University New Orleans is located in the uptown Garden district of New Orleans, with easy access to other parts of the city by trolley car. With over 60 programs available there is a lot to choose from, but they are the only Jesuit University with a College of Music and Fine Arts. Musicians will not only find strong programs but also a fully equipped recording studio on campus. Though music and art are strong, the sciences are also well developed with their forensic chemistry major ranking in the top 15 programs in the country. Communication is the largest major which include both social media and environmental communication. Though New Orleans is a great city to study, a full third of the students will study abroad at some point in their college career.

Marquette University, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin has the oldest engineering co-op program in the country within their College of Engineering. This 5 year program allows junior and senior engineering students to work in at engineering firms as part of their educational program. Even though students can do their co-op anywhere in the country, with Marquette only one and a half hours from Chicago there are lots of options close by. Health related programs are also popular on campus with a six-year physical therapy doctoral program ranking twelfth in the nation, athletic training, speech pathology and direct entry into their nursing program.

Colorado’s Regis University is ten minutes from downtown Denver and 20 from the mountains, offering students a wide range of off-campus options. Regis offers a 4-year Graduation Guarantee program that is supported by strong academic advising to make sure students stay on track. They also offer opportunities for freshmen to work on campus through their “Learn and Earn Program.” Their most popular programs include business, nursing, a range of majors in the health-related sciences, communications and peace and justice studies. They also offer a full tuition scholarship in the sciences, among their other scholarship offering.

St. Louis University is the second oldest Jesuit institution in the US. As one of the larger Jesuit campuses with about 8,800 undergraduates, they offer over 100 majors to choose from in their friendly, Midwestern location. Some of the notable programs include many options for engineering and health sciences, including nursing, physical and occupational therapy, and neuroscience as their newest major. Public health is also offered on the undergraduate level. Study abroad is also popular, which includes travel to SLU’s own campus in Madrid, Spain.

The final article in this series will conclude with the four remaining Jesuit Universities that were part of the Spokane area JET program.

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