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FAU Ranks Among Top 100 Colleges and Universities in Producing Undergraduate Degrees for Minorities
BOCA RATON, FL (June 7, 2007) - Florida Atlantic University was ranked as one of the top 50 four-year colleges in the nation for conferring bachelor’s degrees to African-Americans according to a survey in “Diverse: Issues in Higher Education,” a magazine published bi-weekly that informs leaders from academe, industry and public policy about current trends and issues that are going on in the United States.
“Florida Atlantic University is very proud of its diverse student body,” said FAU President Frank T. Brogan. “Being recognized in several disciplines and among many ethnicities for great achievements is exciting for the whole university.”
For the 2005-06 academic year, FAU conferred a total of 1,755 bachelor’s degrees in all disciplines for all minorities and ranked 32 nd, up 25 percent from the previous year. Among traditionally white institutions, FAU was ranked eighth overall in conferring bachelor’s degrees to African-American students.
Other notable rankings include:
Within biological and biomedical sciences, 37 bachelor’s degrees were earned by African-American students, ranking FAU 22 nd among 50 institutions. FAU also ranked 18 th in delivering these type of degrees to Hispanic students.
In conferring bachelor’s degrees in business management, marketing and related support services, FAU ranked 12 th in the African-American students’ category and 15 th for Hispanic students.
For the number of bachelor’s degrees in health professions and related clinical sciences conferred to African-American students, FAU ranked fourth out of 49 institutions and 32 nd for Hispanic students.
FAU’s student population of 26,000 showcases diversity, with 58 percent of the student body being Caucasian, 17 percent African-American, 16 percent Hispanic, four percent international and five percent Asian.
For more information about FAU’s rankings, visit www.diverseeducation.com.
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