May 2009 UTSA graduates
(Photo by Mark McClendon)

UTSA leads in graduating Hispanic students

By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist

(May 21, 2009)--The University of Texas at San Antonio ranks No. 4 in the nation in the number of undergraduate degrees awarded to Hispanic students and No. 12 nationally in the number of master's degrees awarded to Hispanics according to the May 2009 edition of The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine.

>> View a video from KWEX-TV (5/19/09) in Spanish on UTSA's rankings by The Hispanic Outlook in High Education magazine (Windows Media Player format).

During the 2007-2008 academic year, the magazine surveyed the top 100 predominantly Hispanic-serving colleges and universities in the United States and Puerto Rico.

"UTSA's vision to provide access to educational excellence is demonstrated once again in the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine's annual rankings," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "To have nine of our programs ranked in the top 10 among the nation's leading Hispanic-serving institutions shows UTSA continues on the right path to building the next great Texas university."

  • UTSA earned the No. 4 national ranking for awarding undergraduate degrees with 1,666 of 3,553 Hispanic students earning bachelor's degree, representing 47 percent of the graduating class.
  • UTSA earned a No. 12 national ranking for master's degrees awarded with 308 of 886 Hispanic students receiving a degree, representing 35 percent of the class.
  • UTSA earned a No. 22 national ranking for awarding doctoral degrees with 16 of 57 Hispanic students earning doctorates, representing 28 percent of the class.

Each year, The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education report includes Hispanic student participation across all major fields of study.

For nearly 13 years, the UTSA College of Sciences has led the nation in the number of undergraduate degrees awarded to Hispanic students in the biological sciences. That trend continued with 160 undergraduate degrees awarded to Hispanics in the 2007-2008 academic year.

Additionally, the UTSA School of Architecture ranked first, awarding 73 undergraduate degrees. The UTSA Department of Health and Kinesiology ranked second in the parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies program with 63 bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanic students.

The UTSA undergraduate rankings by field are:

  • 1st -- Biological Sciences: 160
  • 1st -- Architecture: 73
  • 2nd -- Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies: 63
  • 3rd -- Business and marketing: 422
  • 3rd -- Multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary studies: 241
  • 6th -- Mathematics: 19
  • 6th -- Psychology: 119
  • 7th -- English Literature: 66
  • 10th -- Protective Services: 95

UTSA is one of 200 Hispanic-serving institutions (HSI) in the United States, accredited with full-time Hispanic enrollment of 25 percent or greater. In 2008, HSIs received more than $93 million in federal funding.

The University of Texas System dominated the first tier of the top 100 institutions with UT Pan American, UT El Paso, UT San Antonio and UT Austin placing among the top 10.

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