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UTSA ranks No. 4 in nation in bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics

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(May 18, 2010)--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 2010 edition of The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine. The magazine surveyed the 2008-2009 academic year of the Top 100 predominantly Hispanic-serving colleges and universities in the United States and Puerto Rico.

"As an Hispanic-serving institution, we are honored to have eight of our academic programs ranked among the Top 10 HSIs in the country," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "We are especially proud, once again, to be ranked consecutively as the national leader in awarding undergraduate degrees to Hispanic students in the fields of biological sciences and architecture."

UTSA earned a No. 4 national ranking for awarding undergraduate degrees when 1,717 Hispanic students of a total 3,801 earned their bachelor's degree, representing 45 percent of the graduating class.

UTSA earned a No. 12 national ranking for awarding master's degrees when 320 Hispanic students out of a total 974 received their degrees, representing 33 percent of the class. Additionally, UTSA earned a No. 30 national ranking for awarding doctoral degrees when 12 Hispanic students out of a total 46 received their degree, representing 26 percent of the class.

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

For nearly 14 years, the UTSA College of Sciences has led the nation in the number of undergraduate degrees awarded to Hispanic students in the biological sciences, and that trend continued with 174 undergraduate degrees awarded to Hispanics in the 2008-2009 academic year. Additionally, the UTSA School of Architecture ranked first for the second consecutive year with 56 undergraduate degrees awarded. UTSA's business and marketing program ranked third with 449 undergraduate degrees awarded, as did UTSA's multidisciplinary studies program, awarding 219 undergraduate degrees to Hispanic students.

The UTSA undergraduate rankings include:

  • First--Biological sciences: 174
  • First--Architecture: 56
  • Third--Business and marketing: 449
  • Third--Multi/interdisciplinary studies: 219
  • Fifth--English literature: 84
  • Fifth--Parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies: 66
  • Seventh--Mathematics: 18
  • 10th--Communication: 78

UTSA is one of 200 Hispanic-serving institutions (HSI) in the United States, accredited with a full-time Hispanic enrollment of 25 percent or greater. In 2009, HSIs received more than $93.2 million in federal funding. Overall, 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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