St Ignatius College Prep Admissions Essay

Welcome to the Admissions home page. For more information on the Admissions department, please contact our department chair - Elizabeth Carney at or by phone at 312.432.8411. For a complete faculty and staff contact list, please visit our Contact Info page.

Thank you for your interest in Saint Ignatius College Prep!

We look forward to working with you and your family as you explore Saint Ignatius College Prep and learn more about how we educate students for lives of faith, love, service, and leadership. 

Freshman Admissions Qualifications

Applicants for admission to the ninth grade at Saint Ignatius College Prep apply during the December of their eighth grade year. Application to Saint Ignatius College Prep begins with the entrance exam and is followed by the completion of our online application. Students may only take an entrance exam at one Catholic high school and must test at Saint Ignatius to be considered in our admission process. The entrance exam for the incoming Class of 2022 is Saturday, December 2, 2017. 

The school accepts applicants on the basis of scores on the entrance exam, previous academic performance and standardized testing, the promise of future development, consideration of Catholic heritage/school, family legacy/tradition with the school (sibling/parent), and adherence to the policies of the school. Saint Ignatius College Prep admits students of any gender, race or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities made available at the school. The school strives to promote a 50/50 male/female population. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race or ethnic origin in the administration of our educational policies or policies related to admissions, scholarship opportunities, tuition assistance, athletics and other school-administered programs.

Opportunities to Visit Campus

Visit the Admissions Calendar for a complete listing of 2017-2018 Admissions events. The School Calendar lists information about athletic events and fine arts performances throughout the year. 

In order to make an informed decision on where to attend high school, we encourage interested eighth grade students to participate in our Campus Visit Program. Each eighth grade student will accompany a current Ignatian and attend class, meet teachers and students, have lunch in the cafeteria and experience a typical day of a Saint Ignatius student. Campus Visit Days are available on any regular school day between September 6 - November 17, 2017.

The annual Saint Ignatius Open House is Sunday, November 12, 2017 from 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m. There is no registration for this event and students and families of all ages are welcome!

The Admissions Office also facilitates campus tours throughout the year, registration accessible here. Our Virtual Touroffers a visual introduction to campus.

Tuition Assistance Program

Tuition Assistance is available to students with demonstrated financial need. We are fortunate to be able to offer tuition assistance to families whose children would otherwise be unable to attend Saint Ignatius. $4.23 million has been pledged for the 2017-2018 school year. Currently, 23.3% of our student body receives tuition assistance. Every family, regardless of family income, is invited to apply. Please see our Tuition Assistance Brochurefor additional information regarding the tuition assistance application process. 

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the 2017-18 school year is $18,500. For additional information, please visit the Treasurer's Office page.

Transfer Information

Saint Ignatius considers transfer applicants to the sophomore and junior classes at the close of the academic year. The transfer application and following documents must be submitted by June 1, 2018:

  • Saint Ignatius Transfer Application
  • Unofficial transcripts - official transcripts are required after school year is complete
  • Three letters of recommendation from current school
    • One from principal or assistant principal
    • Two from current teachers
  • Copies of most recent standardized test (HSPT, PSAT, SAT, ACT, etc.)
  • Official Discipline and Attendance Report
  • A letter from the school treasurer indicating good financial standing, if applicable

Acceptance is contingent upon space, academic fit, compelling reasons for transfer, and the successful completion of the current school year. Completed applications are reviewed within the month of June. Priority consideration is given to those students who apply by June 1, 2018. Transfer inquiries after June 1 should be directed to Elizabeth Carney, Director of Admissions, at

Saint Ignatius College Prep does not have an international student program, nor does the school issue I-20 visas. While a student of any origin is welcome to apply for admission, he or she must do so through the traditional application processes appropriate to his/her grade level.

When can I see the school?

All interested eighth grade students are encouraged to spend a "shadow" day at Saint Ignatius through our Campus Visit Program. The Campus Visit Program runs from September 6 - November 17, 2017. Registration for campus visits begins in early August and is completed online. Call Mrs. Karen Coleman at 312-432-8409 or Mrs. Elizabeth Carney at 312-432-8411 with any questions. Students should have permission from their grade schools to participate. 

Students and families of all ages are welcome to attend the Saint Ignatius Open House on November 12, 2017 from 12:00 -3:00 PM. Information regarding athletic games, theater productions, and other school events can be found on the School Calendar.

While we encourage all interested families to attend our annual Open House, family or group tours may be scheduled by contacting a member of the Admissions staff. 

How do I apply?

All interested eighth grade students must take the entrance exam on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Students may only take an entrance exam at one Catholic high school and must test at Saint Ignatius to be considered in our admission process. The entrance exam is followed by the completion of our online application, which becomes accessible to all applicants on December 2, 2017 and is due December 15, 2017.

How can I prepare for the entrance exam?

The best preparation is working hard in grammar school. Students should get a good night's sleep before the test and eat breakfast. Students must bring #2 pencils and $25 test fee. Petersons, Barrons and Princeton Review all publish study guides for the HSPT. Local bookstores and public libraries carry them. 

What entrance exam does Saint Ignatius offer?

Saint Ignatius offers the STS High School Placement Test or the HSPT.

What criteria are used to select Saint Ignatius students?

The entrance exam score is important because our applicant pool is always a very large, diverse group of students from all over the Chicagoland area. Following the entrance exam, students will submit an online application. The application is used to submit previous report cards, standardized test scores, student and parent statements, and recommendations. Other considerations in the admission process include but are not limited to: Catholic heritage/school, family legacy/tradition with the school (sibling/parent), and adherence to policies of the school. Saint Ignatius strives to promote a 50/50 male/female population. Saint Ignatius admits students without regard to race, color, and/or country of national origin.

When are notification letters sent?

Notification letters of acceptance, non-acceptance, or waiting list placement are both mailed and emailed on February 1, 2018.

When is the registration deadline?

All registration documents and a $500 fee must be in the office by March 8, 2018.

Do you offer scholarships?

No, we do not offer scholarships, but we do have a need-based Tuition Assistance Program. All families are invited to apply upon a student's acceptance. Applications are available online. Saint Ignatius awards close $4 million in tuition assistance annually.

Saint Ignatius also partners with several external scholarship organizations. These include: 

What courses are offered at Saint Ignatius?

Graduation requirements and a full course listing can be found in our Curriculum and Course Planning Guide.

How can I register for honors classes my freshman year?

We offer placement exams for math and foreign language each spring. Some placement also depends on entrance exam scores.

What is the tuition at Saint Ignatius?

The tuition for the 2017-2018 school year is $18,500.

What is the dress code at Saint Ignatius?

The dress code is listed under the Dean's Office page.

What is the Parent Commitment Program?

The Parent Commitment is a contribution, over and above tuition and fees, asked of all parents each year to help cover the annual deficit.

What kind of athletic teams do you have?

Saint Ignatius offers 34 interscholastic and club sports for both boys and girls. Check out our Athletics page!

What other ways can I get involved at Saint Ignatius?

Saint Ignatius has over 70 co-curricular activities. Find out more at our Student Activities page!

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