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

(June 23, 2003) -- 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 2001-2002, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education.

The CSU campuses in the "Top 100" are CSU Fullerton (4th), Cal State Long Beach (7th), San Jose State University (8th), Cal State L.A. (9th), San Francisco State University (10th), San Diego State University (12th), Cal State Northridge (14th), Cal Poly Pomona (22nd), CSU Sacramento (30th), CSU Dominguez Hills (37th), CSU Hayward (39th), Fresno State (40th), Cal State San Bernardino (57th), and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (63rd).

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

  • 13 CSU campuses ranked in the top 100 for awarding baccalaureate degrees to American Indians (including Sacramento at 17th and San Diego at 20th);
  • 14 CSU campuses ranked in the top 100 for awarding baccalaureate degrees to Asian Americans (including San Jose at 6th, San Francisco State at 7th and Fullerton at 10th);
  • 17 CSU campuses ranked in the top 100 for awarding baccalaureate degrees to Hispanics (including Los Angeles at 3rd, Fullerton at 6th, San Diego at 7th, Northridge at 8th, and Long Beach at 10th).
Outstanding top rankings for the campuses in awarding bachelor's degrees in particular disciplines: Fullerton, 4th in business and 3rd in education; San Jose, 2nd in business, 4th in engineering and 7th in computer science; Los Angeles, 1st in education; Long Beach, 3rd in English, 9th in business, and 9th in area/ethnic studies; Northridge, 5th in area/ethnic studies and 7th in education; Pomona, 7th in business and 9th in engineering; San Francisco, 6th in business and area/ethnic studies, and 10th in English; and San Luis Obispo, 6th in engineering.

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 408,000 students and 45,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded 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: 23 June 2003

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