Campus: San Francisco State University -- March 17, 2000

SFSU named one of nation's top 10 colleges for Hispanic students

SFSU ranks sixth on Hispanic Magazine's list of twenty-five nationwide, joining UC Berkeley and Rice University in top ten.

In its March 2000 issue, Hispanic Magazine recognized San Francisco State University as one of the top schools in the nation for offering excellent opportunities to Latinos. According to Hispanic Magazine, those colleges listed have succeeded in "recruiting and retaining Hispanic students." SFSU is the highest ranked of the three California State Universities to make the list.

In order to make the list, colleges needed to illustrate that their student bodies reflect the overall U.S. population of Hispanics, or about 10 percent. The number of Latinos graduated from each university also factored into the final decisions. This number is important as it indicates whether or not Latinos at a given school are excelling. For these statistics Hispanic Magazine looked to Hispanic Outlook's "Publisher's Picks," which ranks the top 100 schools in the nation for graduating the largest number of Hispanics students. Academic excellence was equally important, and for this information Hispanic Magazine referred to U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges" issue.

Mario Rivas, associate dean of Undergraduate Studies at SFSU, attributes the University's success with Hispanic students to the strong support given by both faculty and students. "The University has a core of Hispanic faculty and staff who have a clear vision as to the commitment and time necessary to support, guide and mentor Hispanic students." Rivas adds, "As such, Hispanic students have formed numerous student organizations to increase Hispanic student recruitment, retention and success."

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