17 CSU Campuses Among Nation's Top 100 in Awarding Bachelor's Degrees to Hispanics

(May 8, 2002) Seventeen California State University campuses are among Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education's annual "Top 100," a national list of colleges and universities that conferred the most bachelor's degrees upon Hispanics, according to the latest report by the National Center for Education Statistics. CSU campuses consistently rank among the very top in the nation in this area. In addition, 12 CSU campuses were in the top 100 in awarding master's degrees nationwide.

"The CSU is the most diverse university system in the nation, with minority enrollment topping 53 percent, more than twice the national average for four-year public universities," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed "We are proud that we are the university of choice for so many talented and bright Hispanic students. They truly enrich CSU's academic environment."

CSU campuses in the Top 100 in awarding bachelor's degrees include Cal State L.A. (4th), San Diego State University (5th), CSU Fullerton (9th), CSU Long Beach (10th), CSU Northridge (11th), CSU Fresno (14th), San Jose State University (23rd), CSU San Bernardino (25th), Cal Poly Pomona (28th), CSU Dominguez Hills (29th), CSU Sacramento (35th), San Francisco State University (38th), Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (39th), CSU Stanislaus (61st), CSU Hayward (64th), CSU Bakersfield (72nd), and CSU Chico (85th).

Campuses in the "Top 100" in awarding master's degrees include Cal State L.A. (11th), San Diego State University (12th), CSU Long Beach (23rd), CSU Dominguez Hills (30th), CSU Fresno (36th), San Jose State University (40th), CSU Northridge (48th), CSU San Bernardino (50th), CSU Fullerton (52nd), San Francisco State University (54th), CSU Sacramento (55th), and CSU Hayward (95th).

Although CSU campuses were among the top ten nationally in awarding degrees in a range of academic fields, they were especially strong in Agriculture (4 out of 10), Architecture (3), English/Literature (3), Foreign Language (3), Protective Services (5), Psychology (4), and Public Administration (4).

The CSU graduating class of 2001 included 10,346 Hispanic bachelor's degree recipients among the 23,658 minority student graduates.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, nearly 400,000 students and 42,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job- ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever- changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See: www.calstate.edu.

Contact: Clara Potes-Fellow, 562-951-4806, cpotes-fellow@calstate.edu

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Last Updated: 8 May 2002

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