Mar 19, 2012

Jesuit Colleges Share Core Beliefs but Vary Enormously

The Jesuit Excellence Tour (JET) recently made its annual appearance at Georgetown Prep, in North Bethesda, Maryland. Twenty-four of the 28 colleges and universities were represented, and hundreds of students from the DC area turned out to learn more about what Jesuit colleges have to offer.

“We’re all so different,” said Anna Follensbee, fair organizer and senior assistant director of undergraduate admission for Loyola University Maryland. “When you come to an event like this you can see what makes us each special!”

And here is a little of what students attending the JET College Night might have learned:

  • Creighton University started a new major in Energy Technology, which will prepare students who wish to pursue careers in sustainability, energy policy or law. The program was made possible by the Department of Energy which provided $1.2 million for the largest solar array in the region.

  • Gonzaga University requires service-learning for graduation which may be fulfilled by any of over 60 service-learning courses offered to students every year. This spring, Gonzaga will break ground on a $14 million mixed-use facility with a new campus bookstore, meeting rooms and flexible space designed for dining and future retail.

  • Loyola University Maryland is offering a new minor in Forensic Studies and is very proud of the recently-completed renovation of its Donnelly Science Center. The $12 million project provides new class space, research labs, offices, a vivarium, a microscopy center and a robotics lab.

  • Marquette University recently opened the new Discovery Learning Center, which is the first phase in a $100 million new home for the College of Engineering and will include a two-story engineering materials and structural testing lab. In addition, Marquette is introducing men’s and women’s NCAA Division I lacrosse to their Big East varsity athletics opportunities.

  • Rockhurst University plans to introduce a new Information Technology (IT) program this fall to accommodate the growing business community in Kansas City—ranked one of the most "livable" cities in the U.S.

  • St. Joseph’s University is undergoing a campus-wide facelift with the construction of a new residence hall, three new athletic fields, new classroom buildings on the James J. Maguire campus and an expansion of the Post Learning Commons library. Communications Studies has been added as a new major in the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Haub School of Business has been expanded to include majors in business administration, family business & entrepreneurship, managing human capital, and sports marketing.

  • St. Peter’s College will be celebrating its 140th anniversary this fall by rebranding to "university" status. To celebrate, St. Peters is breaking ground for an amazing new student center due to come online in September.

  • University of San Francisco students and faculty are looking forward to the opening of the new 60,000 square-foot Center for Science and Innovation, which will include state-of-the-art labs, digital classrooms, lounges and study space located in the heart of UCF’s scenic campus in downtown San Francisco. Last year, the USF School of Nursing and Health Professions launched the first Executive Leader Doctor of Nursing program in the nation.

  • Wheeling Jesuit University will be adding four fine arts programs in the fall and will offer BA’s in Music, Theater, Visual Arts, and Film Making (with an emphasis on documentaries). Wheeling will be bringing varsity rugby back to campus after an 18-year hiatus and will play Georgetown, BC, Army, Ohio and West Virginia in a grueling schedule beginning this September.

  • Xavier University’s Williams College of Business is one of the first colleges to offer a mentor program where undergraduate and MBA students are partnered with leading executives to network and establish connections in the business world. Xavier is undergoing a $50 million expansion which includes new commercial space as well as a new hotel on campus.

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