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Vol 57 No. 14 : July 14, 2005
Vol 57 No. 14 | July 14, 2005

CSULB Ranked No. 8 Nationally In Awarding Degrees to Minorities

CSULB has been ranked No. 8 in the nation among colleges and universities that conferred the most bachelor's degrees on minority students in 2003-04, according to the most recent "Top 100" list released by Black Issues in Higher Education. Among colleges and universities graduating students in particular academic disciplines, CSULB was mentioned among the top 10 in two areas, ranking fourth in awarding to minorities bachelor's degrees in English and eighth in awarding bachelor's degrees in business.

The rankings are based on data from the U.S. Department of Education. In all, 14 California State University (CSU) campuses made the list, including six in the top 15 led by CSU Fullerton at No. 6, CSULB at No. 8, followed by San Francisco (11th), San Diego (12th), Northridge (13th) and San Jose (14th).

Among colleges and universities graduating students in particular minority categories, CSU campuses also ranked strongly across the board:

  • 11 CSU campuses ranked in the top 100 for awarding baccalaureate degrees to American Indians
  • 13 CSU campuses ranked in the top 100 for awarding baccalaureate degrees to Asian Americans (including San Jose, San Francisco, and Fullerton at ninth, 10th, and 11th place, respectively)
  • 18 CSU campuses ranked in the top 100 for awarding baccalaureate degrees to Hispanics, with five in the top 10 (including Fullerton, Los Angeles, and Northridge at fifth, sixth, and seventh place, respectively).

The CSU is one of the most diverse higher education institutions in the nation with minority enrollment at 53 percent, more than twice the national average for four-year public universities. The CSU is the largest system of senior higher education in the country with 23 campuses, 400,000 students and 42,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees, aproximately 82,000 annually. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California.

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