Mar 5, 2011

The ‘Jesuit Excellence Tour’ Returns to the DC Area

Rounding out their year-long schedule of visits to various regions of the country, representatives from member colleges of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) will be hosting Jesuit Excellence Tour (JET) College Nights in DC and Baltimore during the coming week.

Twenty-eight Jesuit colleges and universities located in 19 states form the institutional membership of the AJCU. Although each institution is separately chartered and entirely autonomous, the schools are bonded by a common heritage, vision, and purpose.

Beginning in September, Jesuit Excellence Tours featuring any number and combination of the 28 schools are scheduled from California to DC. Although daytime activities mainly target parochial schools, JET College Nights are open to the public.

“These events are a great way for high school students to learn about all of the wonderful options for Jesuit education that are out there,” said Anna Follensbee, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission for Loyola University Maryland. “While we all share the same Jesuit values and philosophy, the group of schools has great diversity in terms of size, programs, location, and setting.”

This year’s fairs will feature 23 of the 28 schools at the College Night scheduled for Thursday, March 10 at Georgetown Preparatory School, and 20 of the colleges in Baltimore at Loyola Blakefield on Monday March 7:

* Georgetown Prep JET College Night Only

Both fairs will begin at 7:00 pm and end by 9:00 pm.

For students just beginning their college search or those seniors making final enrollment decisions, JET College Nights offer opportunities to connect directly with college admissions representatives and to learn what each school has to offer.

Note that JET College Nights are held in other parts of the country. In fact, the Texas JET just wrapped up last week. For more information, check directly with any of the 28 AJCU member colleges.

To see a related slide show, check out my corresponding column on the Examiner website. You might be surprised by who attended Jesuit colleges or universities. Hint: The list includes everyone from a US President to a professional wrestler!

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