Campus: CSU, Northridge -- June 22, 2001


CSUN Named Among Top Universities for Minority Students

Cal State Northridge has been ranked 20th in the nation in Black Issues in Higher Education's annual ranking of the top colleges for minority students.

The magazine's June 7 issue is dedicated to ranking the nation's colleges and universities on how well they serve students of color.

Cal State Northridge ranked 20th in the nation in the total baccalaureate degrees conferred to minorities in the academic year 1999-2000. CSUN awarded a total of 1567 bachelor's degrees to students of color, 607 to men and 960 to women. They accounted for approximately 40 percent of the university's graduates that year.

"We are honored to be recognized for our efforts in serving a diverse community," said CSUN President Jolene Koester. "The faculty and staff at Cal State Northridge are proud of our diverse student body and the efforts we have made to ensure that we provide a quality educational experience for everyone."

Black Issues ranked institutions on its list according to information supplied by the U.S. Department of Education.

Black Issues also ranked Northridge 11th in the nation for the number of bachelor's degrees awarded Hispanics, 31st for the number of degrees awarded Asian Americans and 62nd for the number of degrees awarded American Indians.

Cal State Northridge ranked 8th in the nation for the total number of baccalaureate degrees awarded students of color in area, ethnic and cultural studies, 14th in the nation in the total degrees awarded minorities in communications and 15th for degrees awarded to minorities in education and in social sciences and history.

CSUN ranked 17th in degrees awarded students of color in psychology, 21st for degrees awarded in English, literature and letters, 26th for degrees awarded in the business management and administrative services, and 36th for degrees awarded in health and related sciences. Northridge also ranked 60th in the nation in the total number of baccalaureate degrees awarded to minorities in the biological and life sciences.


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