CSU Campuses Among Nation's Top 25 Graduate Schools for Hispanics

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

(May 3, 2005) – Several California State University campuses are among those highlighted in the April issue of Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education as being among the annual "Top 25 Graduate Schools for Hispanics.” Four CSU campuses—Cal State L.A., San Diego State, Cal State Northridge, and San Jose State—are among the top 25 in granting master’s degrees, while eight CSU campuses are among the top 25 in Hispanic enrollment, according to the latest report by the National Center for Education Statistics.

The campuses showing high Hispanic enrollment are Cal State L.A. (#2), Cal State Northridge (#7), CSU Dominguez Hills (#8), Cal State Long Beach (#11), Cal State San Bernardino (#12), Cal State Fullerton (#17), San Diego State (#20), and Fresno State (#23).

"The CSU is the most diverse university system in the nation, with 53 percent students of color, 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."

Hispanics make up more than a quarter of CSU’s student population, with some 84,000 students enrolled in fall 2004. The Hispanic portion of CSU’s graduating class of 2003-04 included 12,435 bachelor’s and 2,068 master’s degree recipients.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, some 400,000 students and 42,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded more than 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.

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Last Updated: May 2, 2005

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