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

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

(June 2, 2004) -- Eighteen California State University campuses are listed in the May issue of Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education as being among the 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, 11 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 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."

CSU campuses in the Top 100 in awarding bachelor's degrees are Cal State L.A. (3rd), CSU Fullerton (6th), San Diego State University (7th), Cal State Northridge (8th), Cal State Long Beach (10th), Fresno State (14th), Cal State San Bernardino (22nd), Cal Poly Pomona (24th), CSU Dominguez Hills (26th), San Jose State University (27th), CSU Sacramento (32nd), San Francisco State University (34th), Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (42nd), Cal State Bakersfield (63rd), CSU Stanislaus (69th), Cal State Hayward (73rd), CSU Chico (74th), and Cal State San Marcos (100th).

Campuses in the Top 100 in awarding master's degrees are Cal State L.A. (9th), San Diego State University (16th), Cal State Long Beach (21st), Cal State Fullerton (23rd), San Jose State University (28th), Cal State San Bernardino (30th), Fresno State (38th), CSU Dominguez Hills (40th), Cal State Northridge (46th), San Francisco State University (53rd), and CSU Sacramento (59th).

National rankings such as these typically focus on student demographics that favor larger, urban universities, which excludes several of CSU’s smaller, rural, newer and specialized campuses—California Maritime Academy, CSU Channel Islands, CSU Monterey Bay, Humboldt State University, and Sonoma State University.

CSU campuses were among the top 10 nationally in awarding degrees in a range of academic fields, sweeping nine of the 10 top spots in Liberal Arts and Sciences. In addition, they were notably strong in Agriculture (3 out of 10), Area Studies (4), Communications (3), Education (3), Protective Services (5), Psychology (4), and Public Administration (4).

The CSU graduating class of 2003 included 11,945 Hispanic bachelor's degree recipients among the 25,801 students of color graduating.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, nearly 409,000 students and 44,000 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: June 2, 2004

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