14 CSU Campuses among the Top 100 to Award Undergraduate Degrees to MInority Students

(July 2, 2002) Fourteen California State University campuses are among Black Issues in Higher Education's "Top 100," a national list of colleges and universities that conferred the most bachelor's degrees on minority students in 2000-2001, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education.

The CSU campuses in the "Top 100" are CSU Fullerton (6th), San Jose State University (7th), CSU Long Beach (9th), San Diego State University (10th), San Francisco State University (11th), CSU Los Angeles (12th), CSU Northridge (13th), Cal Poly Pomona (21st), CSU Sacramento (25th), CSU Fresno (39th), CSU Dominguez Hills (42nd), CSU Hayward (43rd), CSU San Bernardino (62nd), and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (76th).

Furthermore, out of the colleges and universities divided into racial categories, CSU campuses ranked strongly across the board:

  • 6 CSU campuses ranked in the top 109 TWIs ("traditional white institutions") in awarding baccalaureate degrees to African American students (including Dominguez Hills at 20th)
  • 16 CSU campuses ranked in the top 105 for awarding baccalaureate degrees to American Indians (including Sacramento at 18th and San Diego at 20th);
  • 14 CSU campuses ranked in the top 109 for awarding baccalaureate degrees to Asian Americans (including San Jose at 6th, San Francisco State at 9th and Fullerton at 10th);
  • 18 CSU campuses ranked in the top 109 for awarding baccalaureate degrees to Hispanics (including Los Angeles at 5th, San Diego at 7th, Fullerton at 8th, Northridge at 10th, and Long Beach at 11th).
Outstanding top rankings for the campuses in awarding bachelor's degrees in particular disciplines: Fullerton, 1st in business and 4th in education; San Jose, 3rd in business and in engineering and 7th in computer science; Los Angeles, 1st in education; Long Beach, 7th in psychology and 8th in English; and Pomona, 6th in business.

The CSU is one of the most diverse higher education institutions in the nation with minority enrollment at 53 percent, more than twice the national average for four-year public universities. In fact, seven of the nation's top 20 universities in number of baccalaureate degrees awarded to minorities are CSU institutions.

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 for more information.

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Last Updated: 2 July 2002

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