Admissions at Fenwick

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    • Kathleen O'Laughlin

      Director of Admissions

Dear Future Friars and Future Fenwick Families,

Thank you for taking the time to consider Fenwick High School as your future school. Since its founding in 1929, Fenwick has been an institution that expects and encourages excellence from its student body. Fenwick Friars are part of an environment that focuses on developing the whole student. Rigorous academics, competitive athletics and the Dominican Catholic pillars of prayer, study, community and preaching prepare each and every student to be successful in high school, college and beyond, professionally and personally.

Our diverse student body consists of young men and women with different economic and cultural backgrounds from throughout Chicagoland. Being a Fenwick Friar means that you are a part of the Fenwick community that shares our school’s strong tradition of excellence and firmly believes that holding high expectations of one another will result not only in our individual success but the success of our greater community. We continually seek to attract students to Fenwick who are willing to work hard, in and outside of the classroom, and who maintain high expectations of themselves and their peers.

This website provides important information about becoming a Fenwick Friar. After visiting our site, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions office with any questions you may have about Fenwick. We look forward to speaking with you and your family.

Future Friar Days

Get the Fenwick Friar experience by signing up to be a Friar for a day. Future Friar Shadow Days are open to current 8th graders during Fall of 2024!

Why Fenwick

Fenwick is a premier college preparatory high school guided by Dominican Catholic values. We give Chicago-area students a superior academic choice and empower them to grow intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally in a proven, challenging, and diverse environment. We are proud of our students and their achievements.

Investing In Your Future

$2.2 million offered in-house tuition assistance plus 3rd party scholarship funds and merit-based scholarships

We’re committed to helping families afford Fenwick’s exceptional college prep education; our financial aid team looks forward to guiding you through the tuition plans and funding options.

Awarded in the '22-23 school year

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  • $2.2m

    in-house tuition assistance
  • $6,220

    Average grant
  • 33%

    Percentage of student population receiving in-house assistance
  • $600,000

    Grants through the Illinois state tax credit scholarship program to 48 Fenwick students and over $300,000 in merit based scholarships

Visit Fenwick

The best way to learn what it means to be a Fenwick student is to immerse yourself in the environment. Tour the school and join our Shadow Program to get the real deal from our students.

A Future Friar's Guide

We prepare students for success in college and beyond - not only do over 300 college representatives visit Fenwick each year, but our world-class STEM and traditional liberal arts curriculum help shape students into confident communicators and strong intellectuals with bright futures.

Class of 2023

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  • $44.6m

    In college scholarships awarded to date
  • 12

    Students recognized by National Merit (2 finalist, 8 commended)
  • 5

    Evans scholarships
  • 65

    Illinois state scholars
  • 170

    Presidential scholars
  • 120

    College Board Recognition Program Scholars

ACT By The Numbers

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  • 25.47

    Class average (1 perfect score)
  • 33.5

    Top 10% of the class
  • 31.5

    Top 25% of the class
  • 29.4

    Top 50% of the class

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  • Notice of Non-Discriminatory Policy As to Current and Prospective Students

    Fenwick admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
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