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Brooke Rayford

CHICAGO, IL (January 9, 2023) — Today, the Cristo Rey Network announced that Holy Cross College at Notre Dame, Indiana has been named the movement's 72nd University Partner with a commitment to supporting the recruitment, matriculation, and college graduation of Cristo Rey students, nationwide. 

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Founded in 1966, Holy Cross College is a Catholic, liberal arts college that advances the apostolic mission of its founders, Holy Cross Brothers, with practical and experimental curricula to lead students to a fulfilled life in Christ. Unique to the college, Holy Cross integrates with two other Cristo Rey Network partnering institutions, Saint Mary’s College and the University of Notre Dame, giving enrollees a tri-campus community during their postsecondary experience. 

“We are honored to be included among the other top-tier higher education institutions as a Cristo Rey University Partner and to provide more opportunities for deserving students to excel as scholars, citizens, leaders, and disciples. I have long admired the extraordinary work of the Cristo Rey schools,” said ​Marco J. Clark, Ed.D., President of Holy Cross College. “Opening the doors of opportunity to students from the Cristo Rey Network was a top priority for me coming to Holy Cross College. I am delighted that it happened in my first 90 days and am confident that the best is yet to come.”

With a commitment to college access, the institution’s student population of 500 comprises students who identify as 34% young persons of color and 24% first-generation. In addition, last year, Holy Cross awarded $2.1 million in merit and need-based scholarships to first-year students. Of the class of 2022, 82% received financial aid, and 24% qualified for a Pell Grant.

“We believe that all students deserve the privilege of choice in their college decision-making process. That is why we partner with institutions who vary in type, size, academic offerings, and campus life,” stated Stephanie Arias, Vice President of College Initiatives at Cristo Rey Network. “We are eager to offer our students such a high-quality liberal arts curriculum and see them thrive within the Holy Cross experience, preparing them to become the most compassionate and confident leaders of tomorrow!”

To learn more about Holy Cross College and the Cristo Rey Network University Partner Program, visit

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