San Diego State University ranks seventh in the nation and second in California for bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics, according to Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education’s Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics.
“The graduation rates of our Hispanic students and all of our students continue to be a high priority,” said SDSU Provost Nancy Marlin.
“The educated academic work of the students, with the support of so many of our faculty and staff, has substantially increased our graduation rates over the past decade. Their success has significantly closed the achievement gap at SDSU.”
Graduation rates up for Hispanic students
The graduation rates of SDSU’s students of color are up from 33 percent in 2002 to 65 percent in 2010 — exceeding the rate of increase by students as a whole (28 percentage points). The graduation rates of Hispanic students increased from 31 percent in 2002 to 61 percent in 2010.
The rankings, published in the May issue of Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, were compiled using 2010 data from the National Center for Education Statistics. That year, SDSU conferred bachelor’s degrees on 1,464 students of Hispanic descent, an increase from 1,430 in 2009.
SDSU also ranked No. 25 for master’s degrees awarded to Hispanics by the same publication, with 224 degrees conferred during the 2009-2010 academic year, up from No. 31 last year.
Six academic programs also ranked in top 10
Additionally, SDSU ranked in the top 10 nationally in six areas of study, including:
SDSU student body more than 25 percent Hispanic
In fall 2010, more than 25 percent of SDSU's undergraduates identified themselves as Hispanic and SDSU ranks among the nation’s top 25 most ethnically diverse student bodies.
Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education produces the “Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics” rankings annually. The information is based on data provided by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center of Education Statistics.
A complete list of the rankings can be found at www.hispanicoutlook.com.