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

Contact: Clara Potes-Fellow, cpotes-fellow@calstate.edu, 562-951-4800

(June 30, 2005) -- 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 2003-2004, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education.

The CSU campuses in the "Top 100" are Fullerton (6th), Long Beach (8th), San Francisco (11th), San Diego (12th), Northridge (13th), San Jose (14th), Los Angeles (17th), Pomona (23rd), Sacramento (30th), Dominguez Hills (42nd), Fresno (43rd), San Bernardino (52nd), East Bay (53rd), and San Luis Obispo (60th).

Among colleges and universities graduating students in particular minority categories, CSU campuses also ranked strongly across the board:

  • 11 CSU campuses ranked in the top 100 for awarding baccalaureate degrees to American Indians;
  • 13 CSU campuses ranked in the top 100 for awarding baccalaureate degrees to Asian Americans (including San Jose, San Francisco, and Fullerton at 9th, 10th, and 11th place, respectively);
  • 18 CSU campuses ranked in the top 100 for awarding baccalaureate degrees to Hispanics and five were in the top 10 (including Fullerton, Los Angeles, and Northridge at 5th, 6th, and 7th place, respectively).

Outstanding top rankings for the campuses in awarding bachelor's degrees in particular disciplines: Fullerton, 4th in education and business; Long Beach, 4th in English, 8th in business; Los Angeles, 2nd in education, 4th in engineering; Northridge, 8th in English; Pomona, 6th in business and engineering, 7th in agriculture; San Diego, 9th in English; San Francisco, 7th in business; San Jose, 5th in business, 9th in health professions; San Luis Obispo, 5th in agriculture.

National rankings such as these typically focus on student demographics that favor larger, urban universities, which exclude 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.

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.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 400,000 students and 42,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees, about 82,000 annually. 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 30, 2005

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