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FAU Ranks Among Top 100 Colleges and Universities in Graduating Hispanic Students


            BOCA RATON, FL (May 21, 2010)
– Florida Atlantic University has been ranked 25th out of 100 of the top four-year colleges in the nation in conferring bachelor’s degrees on to Hispanic graduates, according to a survey conducted by Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine The magazine reaches out to members of the higher education community with information related to Hispanics in academia, and informs college students, organizations and community-based corporations of matters Hispanic students encounter on college campuses.

“We are extremely proud of the academic accomplishments of FAU’s diverse student body,” said FAU Interim President John Pritchett.  “To be in 25 th place in the national rankings for Hispanic students is indeed a point of pride.”

The survey is based on the 2008-09 academic year, in which FAU advanced from being 26th in the 2007-08 rankings. The findings state that FAU awarded 816 bachelor’s degrees to Hispanic students during the 2008-09 academic year.  This figure represents 18 percent of all FAU undergraduate degrees awarded in that academic year. The number also reflects a rise in the number of Hispanic undergraduate degrees conferred.  In 2007-08, FAU awarded 738 degrees to Hispanic students.

In the category of master’s degrees, FAU awarded 138 degrees to Hispanic students during the 2008-09 academic year.  This number represents 13 percent of all FAU master’s degrees awarded in that academic year and designates FAU as 54 th in the nation in the awarding of master’s degrees to Hispanic students.  In 2007-08, FAU awarded 125 master’s degrees to Hispanic students.  This represents 11 percent of all master’s degrees conferred during that academic year at FAU.  Last year’s report ranked FAU as 55 th in the nation in the awarding of master’s degrees to Hispanic Students. 


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