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University Partners

The Cristo Rey Network’s partnerships with universities provide a platform upon which future programs will be built to ensure postsecondary access and success for Cristo Rey students. Furthermore, the Network envisions its partners as committed to expanding its capacity and furthering its mission to “transform urban America, one student at a time” in new, mutually beneficial ways.

Cristo Rey has a strategic and shared interest in developing programs and structures designed to facilitate postsecondary success for its graduates. In close collaboration with its partners, the Cristo Rey Network seeks to build upon existing support programs as well as share best practice research on its graduates.

24 National University Partners:

Benedictine College (2012)
The Catholic University of America (2011)
College of the Holy Cross (2009)
College of Saint Benedict (2009)
DePaul University (2009)
Franklin & Marshall College (2011)
Georgetown University (2009)
John Carroll University (2011)
Loyola Marymount University (2010)
Loyola University Chicago (2009)
Loyola University Maryland (2011)
Marquette University (2011)
Mount Saint Joseph University (2013)
Saint John’s University (2009)
Saint Joseph’s University (2011)
Saint Mary's College (2009)
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota (2011)
Southern Illinois University – Carbondale (2011)
St. Thomas University (2009)
University of Dayton (2011)
University of Notre Dame (2012)
University of Missouri – School of Medicine (2011)
Villanova University (2010)
Xavier University (2010)

22 Supporting University Partners:

Boston College (2012)
Creighton University (2009)
Connecticut College (2011)
Dominican University (2009)
Fairfield University (2009)
Fordham University (2009)
Loras College (2012)
Providence College (2011)
Regis University (2011)
Rockhurst University (2010)
Saint Louis University (2011)
Saint Peter's College (2009)
Santa Clara University (2009)
Seattle University (2011)
Stevenson University (2011)
Stonehill College (2011)
Trinity Washington University (2012)
University of Saint Mary (2009)
University of San Francisco (2009)
University of Scranton (2011)
University of St. Francis (2011)
Wesleyan University (2009)



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Words of Support from University Partners

"Such collaboration is at the heart of successful K-16 education. By supporting the Cristo Rey Network, Dominican not only advances Catholic secondary education, but also creates a pipeline of talented college-bound students."

Donna Carroll, President of Dominican University

"We have many things to be proud of at Fordham, but among the crown jewels is our partnership with the Cristo Rey network. There are few causes more urgent than the formation of young people's minds and spirits; together we prepare them to heal the world."

Joseph M. McShane, S.J., President of Fordham University

"This is not an abstract commitment to diversity or opportunity. We know that their gifts, their talents, their personal experiences, their life histories, their personal stories are enriching the quality of life on our campus every day. And so for us to be the kind of institution we want to be, we need your students. We need the young men and women you are preparing for our schools. We can't be what we hope to be without them."

John J. DeGioia, President of Georgetown University

"Loyola University Chicago is grateful for being selected as a Founding National University Partner with the Cristo Rey Network. This partnership provides Loyola the opportunity to contribute to one of the most innovative educational movements in our country. It will also allow Loyola to continue our commitment to providing access and support to first generation college students."

Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., President of Loyola University Chicago

"Marquette has been recruiting Cristo Rey Network graduates since the first Cristo Rey high school opened its doors in 1996, and now has twenty Cristo Rey graduates enrolled. What's always impressed me about Cristo Rey Network high schools is that the education is so focused on helping students achieve a college degree in preparation for lives of leadership and service. This university partner program will help students and the Cristo Rey Network reach that goal."

Robert A. Wild, S.J., President of Marquette University

"Saint Peter's College is pleased to support the Cristo Rey Network by joining the University Partner Initiative, a partnership that truly parallels the Jesuit ideals of our community. We look forward to broadening the horizons of these students by enriching their educational and professional experiences."

Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D., St. Peter's College President

"This partnership is an important aspect of St. Thomas University fulfilling its mission of 'Developing Leaders for Life.' Cristo Rey students represent the future of this nation and we are honored to partner in the preparation of the next generation of world leaders. Cristo Rey Network students will be an important addition to our already diverse and talented student body."

Monsignor Franklyn Casale, St. Thomas University President

"Such collaboration is at the heart of our Jesuit, Catholic mission of the University to provide quality education to those who deserve it despite challenging circumstances. Creighton is proud of its association with Cristo Rey Network and our mutual commitment of educating women and men who will make a difference in our world."

Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J., President of Creighton University


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