Elizabeth Carney

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

Carney, Elizabeth Director of Admissions elizabeth.carney@ignatius.org 312.432.8411
Coleman, Karen Campus Visit Coordinator karen.coleman@ignatius.org 312.432.8409
Valencia, Emily Admissions Recruiter emily.valencia@ignatius.org 312.432.8401

Admissions Qualifications

An applicant for admission to the freshman class must have satisfactorily completed the eighth grade or its equivalent. To be considered for admission to Saint Ignatius, students must take the entrance exam at Saint Ignatius in January of their eighth grade year. The entrance exam score is very important because our applicant pool is always a very large, diverse group of students from all over the Chicagoland area. Following the entrance exam, applicants submit 7th/8th grade report cards, record of previous standardized testing, parent and student applicant statements, and recommendations.

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.

Applicants may be offered admission for available places at the freshmen, sophomore, and junior grade levels. Transfer students are admitted during June in advance of the upcoming school year. 

Important Dates

Eighth grade students can spend a day at Saint Ignatius as a "shadow" to one of our freshman students from 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. All are welcome!

Eighth grade students seeking admission to Saint Ignatius College Prep must take the entrance exam at Saint Ignatius on Saturday, December 2, 2017. The test begins at 8:00 a.m. and will conclude by noon. There is no registration for the entrance exam. Students should bring #2 pencils and a $25 test fee. Saint Ignatius offers the STS High School Placement Test (HSPT). Calculators are not allowed. Students may only take the exam at one Catholic school.

Admissions Timeline

  • Fall of 8th Grade: Participate in the Campus Visit Program
  • November of 6th, 7th or 8th Grade Years: Attend the Saint Ignatius Open House
  • December of 8th Grade Year: Take Entrance Exam at Saint Ignatius College Prep
  • February/March of 8th Grade Year: Entrance Exam Results, Enrollment and Tuition Assistance Period, Admitted Student Reception
  • March of 8th Grade Year: Freshman Family Meetings, Placement Testing
  • Summer Before 9th Grade: Freshmen may take Summer School classes and/or Study Skills Workshop at Saint Ignatius
  • Mid August: Freshman Orientation Day/Classes begin!

Campus Visit Program

In order to make an informed decision on where to attend high school, we encourage interested eighth grade students to spend a day on the Saint Ignatius campus as an "Ignatian for a Day". 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.

"Ignatian for a Day" or campus visits may only be made by students in the eighth grade. Campus Visit Days are available on any regular school day between September 6 - November 17, 2017.

Registration will open August 1st 2017 and is accessible online under "Campus Visit Program" link on the left menu.

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.)
  • A letter from school official indicating attendance/tardy and discipline records
  • 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 elizabeth.carney@ignatius.org.

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.

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. Each year we offer close to $4 million in tuition assistance. Accepted students will receive tuition assistance applications in their enrollment packet. Every family, regardless of family income, is invited to apply. 

Tuition and Fees

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