Grinnell College Named National University Partner
Grinnell College Named National University Partner
Jessie Fenton

Grinnell College marks the 57th university committed to the Cristo Rey Network's national University Partner program.

July 10, 2020 – CHICAGO – Today, the Cristo Rey Network announced that Grinnell College has been named the movement's 57th University Partner, reflecting the College's formal commitment to the financial and programmatic support of Cristo Rey graduates.

Grinnell College

"Grinnell College is not only committed to meeting 100% of Cristo Rey students' demonstrated financial need, but every student will be matched with a triad of advisors in the form of a career coach, academic counselor, and residential advisor," said Cristo Rey Network Director of College Initiatives Stephanie Arias. "We are confident that at Grinnell our students will have a highly personalized and high-quality experience."

Cristo Rey Network University Partners provide rigorous learning and offerings that strengthen Cristo Rey students' pathways to completing a four-year degree. According to U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges Ranking, Grinnell boasts notable performance rankings across several indicators of excellence, including:

#14 in National Liberal Arts Colleges

#3 in Best Undergraduate Teaching

#10 in Best Value Schools

#11 in Most Innovative Schools

"Grinnell College is proud to partner with the Cristo Rey Network," remarked Sarah Fischer, Grinnell's director of admission. "We admire the Cristo Rey model and the scholars it serves across the nation. Becoming a partner is a great way to be more intentional about the way we serve and seek out Cristo Rey students. We are committed to providing an individually advised education that empowers students, and we look forward to continuing to welcome Cristo Rey graduates into the Grinnell College community."

Pioneered more than a decade ago, the University Partnership program was established as a collaborative platform for colleges and universities that demonstrate an informed appreciation of Cristo Rey graduates. These colleges and universities also share a commitment to educating and supporting students with limited economic means, many of whom are first generation college students and/or students of color. Learn more.

About Grinnell College

Grinnell College, a private liberal arts college in Iowa founded in 1846, provides individually advised learning for intellectually engaged students to produce graduates who are prepared to navigate the world's complexities and responsibly contribute to the common good. Grinnell enrolls 1,700 students from around the world, who earn B.A. degrees in a range of disciplines across the humanities, arts, and sciences. Grinnell's rigorous academic program and campus life emphasize excellence in education through free inquiry and the open exchange of ideas, a diverse community, and social responsibility and action. More information about Grinnell College is available at

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.