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Catholic College Fair

February 13, 2018

Near-future reality is beginning to set in for juniors in Fenwick’s Class of ’19.

By Mark Vruno


Recruiting brochures almost flew off tables set up in Fenwick’s Fieldhouse Gym on Monday afternoon, as representatives from more than 25 Catholic colleges and universities visited with members of the Class of 2018 during 10th period.

Junior Emily McLeod, who is interested in engineering, stopped by the Creighton, Dayton and Santa Clara tables to talk with recruiters from those schools. “I wanted to know which they consider more in their selection process: overall grades or test scores,” said McLeod, a cheerleader and Broadcasting Club member who wishes her ACT score was a bit better. “Other colleges on her short list include Clemson and Big Ten schools as well as UC-Santa Barbara, UCLA and Pepperdine. “I like the West Coast,” she admitted.

Miss McLeod’s inquiry about test scores is a common question, according to Katherine Hankamp, Associate Director of Admissions and Chicago Regional Counselor for St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, near Green Bay. “The students are usually more concerned about their ACT scores than we are,” Hankamp advised. She explained that most liberal-arts schools are more concerned about grade-point averages (GPAs) and a prospective student’s “total package.” Campus location and questions about fraternities, sororities and social life also come up a lot.

Feeling overwhelmed

“It can be overwhelming,” added Thomas Mills, who plays football and is not yet sure what he wants to study after high school. “There are too many colleges to choose from,” said Mills, who has his early sights set on continuing his studies at Auburn, Iowa or maybe Mississippi Valley State, which is where his uncle went.

Anthony Georgen, a swimmer/diver and fellow football player, wants to study aviation. “I’m interested in Lewis University and Dayton,” he said. Lacrosse player Camille Luckett likes Dayton, too. “My brother goes there,” she noted, but the premed candidate also is interested in Notre Dame and St. Mary’s in Indiana.

The University of Dayton also is on Michelle Agbefe’s radar, along with St. Louis University: “I want to study criminal justice and law,” Michelle explains, adding that her dream is to attend Indiana University in Bloomington “because they have such a good law school.” Alex Georgopulos likes Dayton, too, as well as Providence College in Rhode Island. “I want to study business in college,” he said, “but I’d also like to continue playing hockey.”

Beth Sullivan-Piskel works in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for Creighton University, a Jesuit college in Omaha, Nebraska. She says she was impressed with the caliber of the Fenwick students she met, many of whom proactively introduced themselves. “A couple even asked me what we are looking for in an [application] essay,” Ms. Sullivan-Piskel shared.

The members of the Mid-America Catholic Colleges (MACC) and the Jesuit Experience Tour (JET) present today included:

Mid-America Catholic Colleges (MACC)

Alverno College
Aquinas College
Cardinal Stritch University
Holy Cross College (Indiana)
Loras College
Marian University
Mount Mercy University
Quincy University
St. Ambrose University
St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana
St. Mary’s University of Minnesota
St. Norbert College
University of Mary (Bismark ND)
Viterbo University


University of Dayton
DePaul University
Dominican University
Fairfield University
John Carroll University
Lewis University
Loyola University (Chicago)
Marquette University
University of Notre Dame
Providence College
Santa Clara University
Saint Louis University
Villanova University
Xavier University


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