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The Division of University Mission and Ministry

A Pocket Guide to Jesuit Education

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In the United States, there are 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and 60 high schools. The first of these was Georgetown, established in 1789. Boston College was the eleventh when it was founded in 1863. Around the world, there are more than 200 Jesuit secondary schools -- including 93 in India alone -- and some 100 institutions of higher education, along with numerous centers of social and cultural analysis. Jesuit education is still growing. In recent years, U.S. Jesuits and lay men and women have created more than two dozen inner city high schools and several middle schools modeled on Chicago's Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, which provide a college preparatory education for low-income, urban communities. Increasingly, all these institutions are staffed and administered by men and women who are not Jesuits and may not even be Catholic or Christian but who are animated by the vision of Jesuit education and the spirituality of Ignatius. Jesuit education continues to adapt old ideals to new times and new needs.


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