Loyola Institute Introduces Grimes Grad to College Success

| February 1, 2013

By Caroline K. Reff

Editor’s Note: Pillars initially featured Christian Freeman in a 2011 article about his participation in the Loyola Institute at Le Moyne College. 

Christian Freeman portrait

Christian Freeman

All that hard work has started to pay off for Christian Freeman. The 2012 graduate of Bishop Grimes Prep spent many extra hours in high school pursuing college level courses through Le Moyne College’s Loyola Institute. Today, he is a freshman at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, majoring in biology on a pre-med track.

The Loyola Institute was created by Le Moyne College as an opportunity for diocesan students to earn college credits and scholarships, as well as a way to encourage students and their families to extend Catholic education in the Diocese of Syracuse through to the college level. Students must be accepted into the program and complete a series of rigorous courses on their own time from 10th through 12th grade. At the completion of the program, participants have earned 12 college credits. Those interested in attending Le Moyne after high school graduation will, upon admission, begin their college studies with a semester’s worth of courses already behind them – and significant tuition savings. Credits can also be transferred to many other colleges and universities, as can the valuable lessons learned both in and out of the classroom from the experience.

Freeman is grateful for the experience he received from the Loyola Institute. “It taught me that college is all about how well you personally want to do. In other words, all the pressure is on you as a student, as opposed to high school, where teachers would guide you through the work,” he said “I guess it’s a rough lesson to learn, but it’s a true one, and the Loyola Institute taught me that very well.”

“I am very pleased that I decided to stick with the Loyola Program,” he added. “I believe that my involvement in this program led to my acceptance into the Honors College at Canisius, where I currently attend. The journey to knowledge and learning of study skills for college level testing are extremely important. This gave me an intangible leg up on the incoming freshman I live with on campus.”

For more information on the Loyola Institute, visit www.lemoyne.edu.

Caroline K. Reff is a freelance writer based in Syracuse, NY, and a marketing consultant for the Catholic Schools Office.


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