(July 1, 2011)--The University of Texas at San Antonio is ranked No. 4 in the nation in bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics and No. 23 for undergraduate degrees awarded to all minority students. The rankings, reflecting the 2009-2010 academic year, were published in the June 9 issue of Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine.
UTSA earned its No. 4 ranking for awarding 1,779 undergraduate degrees to Hispanic students, representing 46 percent of all UTSA bachelor's graduates for 2009-2010. A total of 2,270 undergraduate degrees were awarded to minority students, representing 58 percent of UTSA bachelor's graduates.
"This ranking shows our success as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and illustrates the hard work that has been done to ensure our students succeed," said Lisa Firmin, UTSA associate provost for faculty and student diversity and recruitment. "However, we must continue our efforts to increase our number of minority graduates to further realize our mission of access and excellence."
According to fall 2010 statistics, two-thirds of UTSA students come from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education including Hispanic (44 percent of student population), Black (8 percent) and Asian (5 percent).
The magazine report also included minority graduation statistics across major fields of study. UTSA's undergraduate degree award rankings for all minority students include the following:
No. 13 -- Biological/biomedical: 66 percent
No. 17 -- Business: 57 percent
No. 46 -- Engineering: 56 percent
The UTSA community is invited to a Community Networking event to celebrate UTSA community members who are the first in their families to go to college.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
The Honors College welcomes all new freshmen to UTSA. Join them for breakfast and meet Honors College administrators, staff, and connect with other new Honors students.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
Convocation is UTSA’s ceremony to launch the new academic year. Attendance is mandatory for all incoming freshmen because it marks the first step students will take in their higher education journey of discovery. It is also highly recommended for transfer students as they continue their higher education journey at UTSA and become members of the Roadrunner Family.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Visit your College to explore your major before the first day of classes.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
Successful first-year students at UTSA are those who learn how to utilize resources, recognize and resolve problems, and prepare themselves to take advantage of their time on campus. The Student Success Series promotes this achievement by offering workshops on the common concerns and questions first-year students have during their transition to university life.
University Center Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The Fraternity & Sorority Councils New Member Information Session gives students information about the diverse organizations, their membership requirements, the benefits of joining a fraternity or sorority, as well as discussing important information about hazing guidelines and the responsibilities of joining these types of organizations.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
Come be a part of your official Class of 2021 picture! The entire freshmen class gather at the Recreation Field Complex which some may know as the UTSA Football Practice Field behind the Softball Complex and Alvarez Hall.
Recreation Field Complex, Main Campus
Come show your Roadrunner Spirit by joining our very own Rowdy, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band (SOSA), your fellow students, faculty and staff as we light the Monument at our Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight to mark the start of a new academic year.
John Peace Blvd. entrance, Main Campus
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.