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Helping our students achieve their goal to pursue a college education is a priority at Nativity Preparatory Academy. Last September, nearly 20 million students nationwide attended college to continue their academic and professional careers. At Nativity, we aim to ensure that our graduates are not only included in that 20 million, but that they are among the best and brightest. This starts with making sure that students have the proper exposure to resources and opportunities across various college campuses. 

On Monday, October 7, Nativity sponsored a tour of the University of Rochester for 15 of its graduates who are now juniors and seniors at McQuaid Jesuit, Our Lady of Mercy, Bishop Kearney, and Aquinas Institute. The event featured a campus tour and an informational session with a campus Dean. John Mattia, Nativity President, said the school is excited to provide this opportunity for its growing alumni community. 

“Our mission is to support graduates in high school, college and beyond,” Mattia said. “As part of that mission, it is imperative that we expose our graduates to opportunities in higher education, and we’re planning more college visits with our graduates throughout the remainder of the year.”

This was the first time Nativity has sponsored a college tour for high school students. For a number of the students, the University of Rochester will now be included in the list of schools they apply to for their continued academic pursuits.

This new partnership between the University of Rochester and Nativity, made possible through the Miller Family Scholarship, is one way that Nativity alumni can begin to see themselves in spaces that have historically been off-limits financially or academically,” said Meredith Smith, Director of Graduate Support Services at Nativity. “By having our alumni visit the University of Rochester, many students were able to see themselves at a school that rigorously trains its students to be thinkers and leaders. Nativity alumni came away from the visit with bright eyes poised to reach for the best post-grad options available to them.”

Nativity’s education model takes students from underserved communities and instills in them the confidence and skills necessary to take on the world as leaders and professionals. With the help of colleges like the University of Rochester, Nativity works to prepare its students, during their time in the school and beyond, to achieve success in whatever field they choose in college, professional careers, and community life.



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15 Whalin Street
Rochester, NY 14620