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Jesuit colleges tour Spokane, Part 3

Campus building in Cincinnati
Campus building in Cincinnati
Cathy McMeekan

A group of15 Jesuit colleges and universities visited Spokane in May as part of the Jesuit Excellence Tour (JET) Program. There are 28 Jesuit institutions in the US, all with the common mission of educating men and women for others, which includes attending to the whole person: body, mind and soul. During their stop in Spokane they provided updates to local high school and independent college counselors, as well as hosted a college fair to meet with students and parents. This article provides the final group of updates by the college representatives.

Santa Clara University is one of the oldest universities in California, as one of the original California missions. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley means there are great opportunities for students to do internships in business, computers, engineering, sciences and the arts. A full 75 percent of students participate in internship opportunities. All students receive a liberal arts foundation to support their majors but that doesn’t mean students are forced to take curriculum that doesn’t interest them in order to fulfill requirements. Through the Pathways program students take several courses that have a common theme but may look at that theme from different academic disciplines.

Seattle University has a compact campus in a thriving and diverse urban center. Being located in the progressive city of Seattle provides opportunities for personal growth and leadership, as well as offering a variety of internship, work and volunteer options. Business, nursing and engineering are some of their most popular programs. Engineering majors have five options to choose from and participate in a capstone project with outside companies. Seattle U has a fairly unique major, humanities for leadership studies, and a new marine biology major. Living in Seattle to attend SU isn’t stressful – students are guaranteed housing.

University of San Francisco is another urban campus, sitting atop Fulton Street in bustling San Francisco. Though an urban setting, the campus has a traditional campus-life feel. As the first college in the city it has a rich educational tradition and offers nearly 70 majors and programs. Some of the most popular are nursing, biology with a pre-med emphasis, international studies, architecture and community design, performing arts and social justice. The campus has a new Center for Science and Innovation.

The final college to report updates during the Spokane JET program was Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati has been ranked one of the top five cities for recent college graduates and boasts an urban plan where the city runs on renewable energy. Sustainability is a theme that can be found across Xavier’s campus, from some of the degree programs offered to the urban farm and permaculture garden on campus. It is no surprise then that Xavier’s environmental studies program is ranked in the top ten nationally. Their Philosophy, Politics and the Public honors program focuses on campaign politics. Business majors all have mentors, and occupational therapy offers a five year degree program. Other popular majors include biology, natural science, nursing and psychology.

Jesuit institutions have a lot to offer students. Though all have a common mission they offer a diverse range of academic programs, locations and campus settings. Each university offers a wide range of financial support to help make college affordable. Check out the JET college fair next year when it is in town!

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