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FAU Ranks Among Top 100 Colleges and Universities in Producing Graduate Degrees for Minorities

             BOCA RATON, FL (July 22, 2008) - Florida Atlantic University was ranked as one of the top 100 four-year colleges in the nation for conferring master’s degrees on African-American students 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.

             “The increase Florida Atlantic University has seen in its diverse student population correlates with the emerging opportunities the university has to offer,” said FAU President Frank T. Brogan. “Our graduate and undergraduate students are receiving a quality education in a first-class learning environment.”

            For the 2006-07 academic year, FAU was ranked first in conferring master’s degrees in biological and biomedical sciences on Hispanic-American students, a 150 percent increase from 2005-06. FAU also was ranked 64 th  in conferring master’s degrees on Hispanic-American students within all disciplines combined, a 10.5 percent increase compared with the 2005-06 academic year. In addition, for the first time, FAU ranked 46 th in conferring mathematics and statistics master’s degrees to all minorities.

            Other notable rankings include:

  • FAU ranked 19 th in the nation for the number of master’s degrees conferred in biological and biomedical sciences on minorities overall, up 33 percent from 2005-06.
  • FAU ranked 40 th in the nation in conferring master’s degrees in computer and information sciences and support services on Asian-American students, a 57 percent increase from 2005-06.
  • FAU ranked 42 nd in the nation in conferring master’s degrees in health professions and related clinical sciences on Hispanic-American students, up 44 percent from 2005-06.

FAU’s student population of approximately 26,000 showcases diversity, with 57 percent of the student body being Caucasian, 17 percent African American, 17 percent Hispanic, four percent international and five percent Asian.

For more information about FAU’s rankings, visit www.diverseeducation.com.

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