Cristo Rey Network Announces New University Partnerships in 2021
Cristo Rey Network Announces New University Partnerships in 2021
Jessie Fenton

Incredible momentum underway for Cristo Rey students' continued postsecondary access and success.

March 10, 2021 – CHICAGO – Today, the Cristo Rey Network announced three new universities that collectively bring the movement to 64 University Partners, nationwide. The University of Portland, University of Denver, and California Lutheran University share a commitment to educating and supporting Cristo Rey students on their path to achieving a quality postsecondary education.

"Our University Partners are strategically selected to strengthen the number and diversity of affordable and academically rigorous institutions that our students can select from. Through a dynamic search process that affirms a university's commitment to facilitate the successful integration and graduation of first-generation college-bound students, our three newest partners have demonstrated a clear vision for our college goers, and we stand united in our shared goal of increasing college completion rates across the country", said Stephanie Arias, Cristo Rey Network Director of College Initiatives.

The University of Portland Paves the Way as Cristo Rey Network's First University Partner in Oregon

"We are so excited to be part of the Cristo Rey Network of University Partners. For many years, I have been so impressed with the success of Cristo Rey Network high schools as they educate and cultivate the talent of so many gifted, hard-working students who are often overlooked. We will do our best at UP to live up to the high standards of the Cristo Rey Network as we educate the hands, hearts and minds of Cristo Rey alumni at the university level," stated Herbert Medina, University of Portland's Provost.

Founded in 1901, and guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross, University of Portland has been consistently ranked as one of the top 10 universities in the West region, in fact currently ranked 2nd, and one of the top 10 'best values' in the West by U.S. News and World Report.

"As our first University Partner in the state of Oregon, we look forward to formalizing the partnership that has existed for years with De La Salle North Catholic High School (our Cristo Rey school in Portland) and expanding opportunities for students from across our network," stated Arias.

With a shared mission of "honoring faith and reason, Cristo Rey Network alumni will find that the University of Portland will strengthen their journey of integrated academic rigor and personal exploration.

"We have been fortunate to share a backyard and develop a strong relationship with our local Cristo Rey institution, De La Salle North Catholic High School. We look forward to broadening our relationships to other Cristo Rey institutions, nationally," stated Jason McDonald, Dean of Admissions.

Learn more about the University of Portland.

The University of Denver Brings Cristo Rey Students a Diverse Landscape Both On and Off Campus

The oldest and largest private university in the Rocky Mountain region, the University of Denver is distinguished by a diverse array of academic programs that offer consistent access to faculty, an innovative curriculum that emphasizes experiential learning and cross-disciplinary inquiry, and a student population dedicated to serving the public good.

"We are thrilled to partner with the Cristo Rey Network. I have often admired the schools of the Cristo Rey Network, and their steadfast efforts to ensure a thoughtful learning environment and student success. This complements our values at the University of Denver and celebrating the 4 Dimensional Student Experience," stated Derek DuBose, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment and Director of Admission.

The University of Denver is a top 100 college from the U.S. News & World Report – the highest-rated institution in the state of Colorado - and The Princeton Review names DU as a top 20 university in several categories. Additionally, the Daniels College of Business has been ranked number 50 in the nation.

"I can't wait to welcome Cristo Rey graduates to our campus and be a firsthand witness to the positive and transformative addition that they will bring to our academic setting and as lifelong members of the DU family."

Cristo Rey students will have the advantage of the renowned personalized educational experience DU students benefit from, with numerous support systems in place to ensure they not only graduate on time but live fulfilling lives post-college.

Learn more about the University of Denver.

California Lutheran University Marks 64th University Partner for the Movement

"Cristo Rey Network's dedication to serving students from traditionally marginalized backgrounds by providing hands-on experience, support throughout and after high school, and preparation for college curriculum tees them up for success at Cal Lutheran — a place where people from all backgrounds are welcomed, embraced and challenged to grow as individuals, find their purpose and become leaders in a global society," said Michael Elgarico, the university's Dean of Undergraduate Admission.

California Lutheran University is based in Thousand Oaks, California, with additional locations in Woodland Hills, Westlake Village, Oxnard, Santa Maria and Berkeley. With an enrollment of about 4,000 students, offering programs to attract students from across the nation and around the world from a diversity of backgrounds, cultures and faiths.

California Lutheran University strives to educate leaders for a global society who are strong in character and judgment, confident in their identity and vocation, and committed to service and justice. In addition to the alignment in mission and in perspective between the university and Cristo Rey schools, California Lutheran University has also been designated as a Hispanic-serving institution by the U.S. Department of Education, which makes the university eligible for grants to benefit its growing Latino population and other students.

"This partnership will further provide students within the Cristo Rey Network with access to Cal Lutheran and the many opportunities awaiting them. Cal Lutheran is proud to join the list of national partners and is eager to continue to foster the relationship between the two organizations," stated Elgarico.

Learn more about California Lutheran University.

About Cristo Rey Network

The Cristo Rey Network of 37 high schools delivers a career focused, college preparatory education in the Catholic tradition for students with limited economic resources, uniquely integrating rigorous academic curricula with four years of professional work experience and support to and through college. Cristo Rey partners with educators, businesses and communities to enable students to fulfill their aspirations for a lifetime of success: students are three times more likely to complete a bachelor's degree by age 24, compared to the total U.S. low-income population. Learn more.