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Cristo Rey Network names Loyola a National University Partner

February 1, 2012 | By Nick Alexopulos

Loyola University Maryland has been named a National University Partner of the Cristo Rey Network, joining 39 other institutions across the country to ensure that Cristo Rey graduates have access to the academic, social, and financial support needed to complete a college degree.

Close to 500 graduates of Cristo Rey high schools have enrolled at partner colleges and universities over the last four years. Loyola and other public and private National University Partners have demonstrated their commitment through initiatives that include new scholarship programs, professional development opportunities, and corporate work study job sponsorship tailored to the needs of Cristo Rey alumni.

“We are honored to provide exceptional education opportunities for Cristo Rey students who are eager to continue learning and growing in a rigorous academic environment,” said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola. “This partnership will also be a tremendous benefit to the Loyola community because we are better positioned to attract more graduates from high schools of the Cristo Rey Network’s caliber.”

Almost 90 percent of Cristo Rey students that enrolled at a partner institution are on track to graduate with a degree and more than 300 students have participated in a partner pre-college enrichment program.

About the Cristo Rey Network:
The Cristo Rey Network is comprised of 24 high schools that provide a quality, Catholic, college preparatory education to almost 7,000 young people who live in urban communities with limited educational options. Member schools utilize a rigorous academic model, supported with effective instruction, to prepare students with a broad range of academic abilities for college.

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