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UTSA No. 1 in the nation for awarding architecture degrees to Hispanics

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(May 19, 2015) -- For the seventh consecutive year, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) undergraduate program in architecture ranks number one in the nation for awarding degrees to Hispanic students, according to Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education's annual Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics report.

Overall, UTSA ranks number six nationally for the number of bachelor's degrees granted to Hispanic students. UTSA earned this ranking for awarding degrees to 2,059 Hispanic undergraduates in 2012-2013, Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education reported in its May issue.

In addition to architecture, five other UTSA undergraduate programs were ranked in the top 10 nationally for awarding bachelor's degrees to Hispanics:

No. 1 – Architecture: 90 degrees

No. 3 – Mathematics and Statistics: 36 degrees

No. 7 – Homeland Security, Law Enforcement and Firefighting: 151 degrees

No. 8 – Communications and Journalism: 122 degrees

No. 10 – Engineering: 121 degrees

No. 10 – Psychology: 147 degrees

UTSA also ranks No. 26 for the number of undergraduate Hispanic students enrolled and No. 11 for the number of Hispanic graduate students enrolled. Hispanic student enrollment is 48 percent of the total undergraduate population and 36 percent of the total graduate population at UTSA.

"UTSA continues to be a top choice for Hispanic students because of the support programs and outstanding opportunities available here in scholarship and research," said Lisa Firmin, UTSA associate provost for faculty and student diversity and recruitment. "As one of the nation's leading Hispanic Serving Institutions, UTSA is shaping the future of Texas' fastest growing demographic and creating a new generation of leaders for our state."

Each year, Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education studies the Top 100 predominantly Hispanic-serving four-year colleges and universities in the United States and Puerto Rico. It obtains the information for its rankings from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Other UT System schools that were highly ranked among the top 100 for bachelor's degrees to Hispanics are the University of Texas at El Paso (No. 2), the University of Texas-Pan American (No. 3), and University of Texas at Austin (No. 9).

UTSA is one of more than 350 Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) in the United States, accredited with a full-time Hispanic enrollment of 25 percent or greater.

Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education is a top information news source and the sole Hispanic educational magazine for the higher education community. Published biweekly, HO covers events, news and ongoing trends that affect our multicultural institutions of the 21st century. For more information about the publication's newest rankings, visit

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