University of Dallas Named National University Partner
University of Dallas Named National University Partner
Jessie Fenton

University of Dallas is the newest partner in the Cristo Rey Network National University Partner program.

September 30, 2020 – CHICAGO – Today, the Cristo Rey Network announced that the University of Dallas has been named the movement's 59th University Partner with a commitment to support the recruitment, matriculation, and college graduation of Cristo Rey students.

"We are delighted to expand our partnership with Cristo Rey at this national level and to build upon what has already been a wonderful collaboration. In Dallas alone, 95% of Cristo Rey alumni are first-generation students. We share the vision of the transforming power of liberal education for all students regardless of background," said University of Dallas President Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., BA '82 MA '83. "Cristo Rey students have a proven track record at UD. We are committed to ensuring all Cristo Rey graduates can fully participate in UD's rigorous and inspiring academic life and its extracurricular activities."

The University of Dallas continues the longstanding Catholic intellectual tradition, preparing students for success beyond graduation and encouraging them to make a difference in the world by providing rigorous scholarship with an emphasis on the liberal arts, a commitment to spiritual and ethical values and the development of the whole person, which aligns with Cristo Rey Network's purpose and mission.

"By providing a unique and affordable, high quality education, the University of Dallas has been at the forefront in helping economically disadvantaged students across the country earn their college degree." stated Stephanie Arias, Director of College Initiatives at Cristo Rey Network. "As they continue to meet this important mission, I am confident that our graduates will become the creative and dynamic leaders that our country needs."

The university has been consistently ranked one of the top 10 Catholic Colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report and in the top 15 Catholic colleges nationwide by Forbes, not to mention, a renowned summer program for gifted high school students ranking top 20 in the nation.

"We have built a strong relationship with Cristo Rey Dallas over the past several years, and we are thrilled to extend that partnership to all Cristo Rey schools across the nation," said Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Elizabeth Griffin Smith. "Through this collaboration, more Cristo Rey students will have access to our Core Curriculum and signature Rome Program, while at the same time, UD will be enriched by the experiences that Cristo Rey students will bring to our campus community.

About the University of Dallas

The University of Dallas, located in a metropolitan area of nearly 7 million people, is a leading Catholic university widely recognized for academic excellence by well-known publications, organizations and accrediting bodies. It offers distinctive individual undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the liberal arts, business and ministry that are characterized by an exceptional, engaged faculty, a commitment to shaping principled, well-skilled leaders and academic rigor in the Catholic intellectual tradition. For more information, visit

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.