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What’s Next for the Class of 2020

Posted July 10, 2020

Cristo Rey Jesuit high school graduates arrive on college campuses with over a thousand hours of work experience through the Corporate Work Study Program. This first-hand, real world work experience combined with student willingness to achieve success and rigorous academic coursework fosters student achievement. We are so proud of the class of 2020 for their academic excellence, workplace experience and the number of “firsts” for our Cristo Rey Jesuit Milwaukee Trailblazer community. 

Our students, families, staff, faculty and supporters of Cristo Rey Jesuit can take pride in the fact that 100% of students are accepted into college.

Cristo Rey Jesuit Milwaukee Class of 2020 Highlights:

  • The number of applications submitted increased, which resulted in students applying to more schools and being accepted to more schools and Catholic institutions 
    • Students applied to 211 colleges and universities, submitting a total of 1,217 applications 
    • Each student applied to an average of 12.9 schools 
    • 100% of students applied to at least one Catholic college or university  
  • 89% of graduates will be attending a four-year university or college: 
    • 18% will be attending a school within the University of Wisconsin system
    • 19% will be attending a Jesuit college or university
    • Many students are committed to developing their talents and remaining in Milwaukee with at least four or more students attending: 
      • University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee 
      • Marquette University
      • Milwaukee Area Technical College 
      • Carroll University 
      • Alverno College 
      • Mount Mary University 
      • Lakeland University 
  • Jose Gomez Segura was the first student to be accepted and enrolled in an Ivy Plus institution. He’ll be attending The University of Chicago (#6 nationally ranked university) on full scholarship including tuition, room and board.
  • $2.3 million dollars of gift aid were awarded to students (scholarships and grants awarded directly from the institutions) 
    • Students made the most of the existing relationships between Cristo Rey Jesuit Milwaukee and higher education institutions with 11 students earning the All In Milwaukee Scholarship 
    • One student earned the Opus Scholars Program at Marquette University (offering full tuition, room and board scholarship)

A total of 95% of the Class of 2020 will be first-generation students attending college and 6% will be “solo” on college campuses (the only CRJ students enrolled). To ensure students make successful transitions from high school to college, CRJ welcomed Alumni Counselor, Yesenia Castro Garcia in April 2019. Yesenia joined the College Counseling team to provide support to CRJ graduates as they face new challenges and adopt new habits to succeed during their college years. Being able to stay in touch with the students after graduation as well as providing guidance and assistance are what Yesenia enjoys most about her position.

The support from CRJ doesn’t stop when students graduate from high school and we can’t wait to see how the class of 2019 and 2020 excel during their college (and post-college) years.

Please donate today as we all work to provide support to CRJ students and families.

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