Here we are again, in Chicago, looking at colleges. I’ve already covered Northwestern; now for the others! First up:
Loyola University (Chicago): its campus is spread through the entire Chicago area, with its main campus along Lake Michigan in the Rogers Park area and its medical campus in downtown Chicago. At this point in our trip, we were on our way home, so my brothers didn’t feel like walking around another campus… my mom and I hopped out, walked around about two buildings, then sprinted back to the car. We drove through the rest of the main campus buildings on our way out, but my camera was dead by that point. I would call the main campus suburban; the campus is semi-gridlike and would be easy to get around (it’s pretty small). However: from what I could tell, there wasn’t much of a college town feel to the town. Pretty dead and deserted-looking, just not the most lively town. It was enough to discourage me from going there (though, chances are, I wouldn’t anyway – academic reasons).
Rank: Nat. U #119
Selectivity: more selective (17,200 applied, 12,800 accepted; rolling admission)
avg. ACT: 24 – 29
UG body: 9,500
Lake Shore campus, by the Mundelein center. There was this neat little garden area in which, had the weather been nicer, I would have wanted to hang around for a while. (Mundelein used to be its own girls’ college – my grandmother went there, actually – but Loyola annexed it at some point.)
Ted hanging out in Loyola. (ha ha…)
Now, I don’t have too much to say about the others, mostly because they’re (with the exception of Elmhurst) located in downtown Chicago. Usually my “campus visits” for these went something like this:
The family is walking on the sidewalk; the father, looking very touristy, and the rest of the family, wishing he’d put his camera away but loving him anyway. Buildings rise up high on either side of the street, in front and behind, creating the feeling of walking through some strange modern valley of concrete and steel, reflective glass and century-old polished marble. A warm – almost hot – breeze blows through the gap between buildings, bringing with it the hot City Smell. The Girl (Me) lifts her head momentarily, recognizing the scent of Teeming City Life – a possible future for her… imagining the possibilities…
Mom: [pointing across the street] Oh look, DePaul!
There’s a smallish blue engraved sign on one of the buildings: DePaul University.
Mom: Let’s go get your picture while we’re here.
Me: [nonchalantly] Sure.
They cross the street at the nearest crosswalk, impatient at both having to use a crosswalk AND actually wait for the traffic to halt – they’re from Ann Arbor, where pedestrians rule the streets and vehicles screech (or roll quietly) to a stop whenever and wherever a College Student chooses to cross.
Mom: My camera or yours?
Me: Yours is fine. Mine’s almost dead anyway.
The Girl proceeds to pull a small stuffed turtle from her purse, place it on her shoulder, stick her hands in her pockets and smile cheesily at the camera. SNAP!
They cross the street to rejoin the rest of their family and the walk continues.
Me: What a great visit. One down, five to go!
So you get the picture. (You may notice that Ted is sadly missing from the above photo. I forgot him in the car the first day. Dumb!)
DePaul University: a medium-sized (in terms of student body) liberal arts/National university located, as previously mentioned, in downtown Chicago. That means it’s an urban campus. Just about as urban as it gets. Popular majors include business (of course – that’s the default major for a lot of people), communications/journalism, psychology, and liberal arts & sciences/humanities.
Cost: $38,000 (private)
Rank: Nat. U, third tier
Selectivity: more selective (12,900 applied, 8,300 accepted)
avg. ACT: 22 – 27
UG body: 12,800
Roosevelt University: The light-colored building in the background, behind the statue of the horse. Another definitely urban campus, located near to the shore and parks. Top majors: business, psychology, visual and performing arts, education, and social sciences.
Cost: $32,000 (private)
Rank: U. Master’s, third tier
Selectivity: less selective (2,300 applied, 1,800 accepted; rolling admission)
avg. ACT: 19 – 24
UG body: 2,800
Elmhurst College: in Elmhurst, IL. I actually didn’t visit this one at all, so I’ll just provide stats.
Cost: $35,000 (private)
Rank: U. Master’s, #12
Selectivity: more selective (2,800 applied, 1,900 accepted)
avg. ACT: 21 – 26
UG body: 2,800
Righto. I’ve got AP English to do. Hope this helped someone 🙂
PS: I just realized that I’ve left out Univ. of Chicago. Know this: TOP-NOTCH SCHOOL. Apply only if smart, gifted, and determined. Nat. U #8, most selective, $50,000. Average SAT: 1370 – 1560. Bon chance!