Morgan Park Academy seniors caught the eye of schools such as Butler University, Knox College, Loyola University Chicago, University of Minnesota, and Northern Illinois University at a recent downtown college admissions forum, earning early offers of admission as part of the Chicago Scholars program.

Students pre-selected up to five schools with whom they would interview at the Oct. 24 event. They had submitted application materials to these schools by mid-September, allowing admission officers time to review their applications prior to the on-site interviews.
During the event, 20 MPA seniors engaged in more than 100 college interviews with admission officers from schools such as Stanford University, University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Vanderbilt University, Amherst College, and Williams College, all of which typically do not interview students for admission.
Students received about a dozen admission offers on the spot. Some also received notice of scholarships totaling $232,000.
Students will hear about many other admission decisions in the coming days and months.