Erin Moriarty is the assistant vice president and dean of undergraduate admissions at Loyola University Chicago and has over 20 years of experience in higher education. From 1999 to 2001, she served as Creighton University’s assistant director of alum relations; from 2001 to 2013, she served as Loyola University’s associate director.
She had no family history of breast cancer when she was diagnosed at 42. She was taught to treasure each moment since life may change instantly due to her treatments and the genuine care she received from her physicians and nurses. She struggled to maintain a sense of equilibrium in her life. She genuinely liked her profession, which took up much of her time. She is thankful that she has been able to better balance her life after receiving the cancer diagnosis.
Erin first earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Creighton University. She graduated from Loyola with a master’s degree in global strategic communication and business administration.
Erin’s advice for students are:
- While you think about your future, it’s acceptable not to know what you want to do. The college will enable you to discover new hobbies and develop your interests, providing countless opportunities you would not have otherwise realized existed.
- Pose inquiries. You will discover more the more inquiries you make. Although choosing a college is a huge choice, assistance is available. You do not need to struggle alone. Remember that we are here to help, whether with your family, friends, professors, guidance counselors, or the college application team. Don’t hesitate to ask one question; it’s fine if it leads to twenty.
- Try not to worry or stress. Everything will be OK. Life may be stressful, with ups and downs and uncertainty throughout the college application process. Even if it might not seem that way at the time, everything will work out in the end. Try not to be too harsh on yourself or have too high of expectations; instead, take things day by day. And when you’re feeling overwhelmed, get assistance.
Erin Moriarty has four elder sisters and was raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Her father finished his banking career as a college lecturer after receiving his Ph.D. in economics. Her mother worked as a social worker with dialysis and oncology patients. They followed a different route; her parents taught them to be strong, independent women. She followed her course and entered the field of higher education. She studied Environmental Science at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and received her degree. Until she took organic chemistry, she believed she would become a doctor. She changed her major to environmental science since it felt like the right choice for a girl who loved the outdoors.
She is inspired and impressed by her granddad JJ. He had just completed the eighth grade. He was 13 when his parents passed away. Before a relative asked him where he would spend the night, he was stuck at the cemetery with nowhere to go. He created openings when there weren’t any due to his tenacity, drive, and quick wit. He eventually launched his own company. He was a prosperous businessman in his parish and a leader in his neighborhood. He was constantly looking for ways to give back to society and those in need. She is reminded of what he accomplished and how he lived his life of the value of helping others and giving back to the community.
Erin Moriarty has over 20 years of experience in higher education and serves as the associate vice president and dean of undergraduate admissions at Loyola University Chicago. She had previous positions as the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations at Creighton University from 1999 to 2001 and the Associate Director of Loyola University from 2001 to 2013. Erin is passionate about supporting organizations that work to eradicate the disease because she overcame cancer. Erin rode her bike as part of Pedal the Cause to spread awareness and support cancer research. Her time working in the alum relations office made her realize the value of a person’s experience. It inspired her to provide each student with the finest possible customer care. She hoped that via their contacts with her and her staff, they might leave with a great impression, regardless of their choice of colleges in the future. Each kid is unique, and their experience is unique.
Erin frequently spends her free time after work taking in the sights and sounds of Chicago. She likes hiking or skiing nearby, bicycling along the Lake Michigan shoreline, visiting local museums and concerts, and spending time with her family and friends. She firmly believes in the Jesuit institution and strives each day to build a diverse community that seeks God in everything while advancing knowledge for humanity’s benefit. A close family friend who was a Jesuit who spoke about social justice and making a difference in the world inspired her to enroll in a Jesuit university. He influenced her to concentrate on Jesuit universities. She knew Creighton was the appropriate institution for her when she set foot on its campus during a tour during her junior year of high school. She joined the student government and got active on campus as a resident advisor throughout her stay there, fully embracing the collegiate experience. After graduating, she saw a job posting for an admissions counselor position and decided that recruiting for her alma mater would be the best way to give back to it.
Before moving to Chicago to work for Loyola University Chicago to return to admissions, she worked in the alum relations office at Creighton University and then the admission office there. Because her own college experience had a profound impact on who she is now. Because she wants others to have the same experience, she discovered that her passion lies in assisting students as they begin their college search. Although she is lucky to live near her parents and sisters, everyone enjoys talking. It may truly be like the telephone game some nights. She is not the talker in my family, which may come as a shock to some who know her. A little glimmer of hope in the pandemic: online happy hours with her sisters. She also has a bothersome habit of using her phone often to check her email.