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

(May 22, 2003) 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 students of color 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 are Cal State L.A. (5th), San Diego State University (7th), CSU Fullerton (8th), Cal State Northridge (10th), CSU Long Beach (11th), Fresno State(14th), Cal Poly Pomona (24th), San Jose State University (25th), CSU San Bernardino (27th), CSU Dominguez Hills (30th), San Francisco State University (31st), CSU Sacramento (32nd), Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (51st), CSU Stanislaus (63rd), CSU Hayward (67th), CSU Bakersfield (70th), Cal State San Marcos (80th) and CSU Chico (82nd).

Campuses in the Top 100 in awarding master's degrees are San Diego State University (12th), Cal State L.A. (13th), CSU Long Beach (19th), CSU Dominguez Hills (20th), San Jose State University (28th), Fresno State (36th), San Francisco State University (40th), CSU San Bernardino (44th), CSU Fullerton (46th), CSU Sacramento (47th), and Cal State Northridge (68th).

Although CSU campuses were among the top ten nationally in awarding degrees in a range of academic fields, sweeping 9 of the 10 top spots in Liberal Arts and Sciences, they were notably strong in Agriculture (3 out of 10), Architecture (3), Area Studies (3), Education (3), Mathematics (3), Protective Services (3), Psychology (3), and Public Administration (5).

The CSU graduating class of 2002 included 11,664 Hispanic bachelor's degree recipients among the 25,882 students of color graduating.

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 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.

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

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Last Updated: 22 May 2003

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