California State University, Dominguez Hills has again been ranked among the top 100 universities nationwide to confer undergraduate and graduate degrees to students of color. The ranking is produced by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education using graduation data colleges and universities report to the U.S. Department of Education.
Based on data from the 2009-2010 academic year, the 2011 rankings place CSU Dominguez Hills 80th nationwide in conferring bachelor’s degrees and 63rd in conferring master’s degrees to minority students. The magazine also breaks rankings down to specific ethnicities and disciplines, and the university was in the top 50 and even top 10 in several of those categories.
A significant highlight of the Diverse ranking is that CSU Dominguez Hills is the only public institution in California to be ranked for the total number of both bachelor’s and master’s degrees conferred to African American students. CSU Dominguez Hills has the highest percentage of African American students (23.1 percent) of any CSU campus.
Other notable rankings for the university included 9th for all minority students and 6th for Hispanic students in the area of conferring undergraduate degrees in “Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities;” 4th for Hispanics, 7th for Asian American and 10th in total minority students in the number of master’s degrees in “Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields;” and 10th for Native American and 11th for both Asian American and Hispanic students receiving master’s degrees in nursing.
In the 2009-2010 academic year, CSU Dominguez Hills granted bachelor’s and master’s degrees to 2,309 students, 1,431 of which were granted to students of color. Hispanic students represented the largest minority group to receive degrees at nearly 50 percent, with African American students representing the next highest at 34 percent. The degree percentages closely mirror the make-up of the overall student body on campus, which is 45 percent Hispanic, 23.1 percent African American, 16.8 percent white, 12 percent Asian, .04 percent American Indian, and 2.7 percent two or more races.
For more information on the ranking, visit www.diverseeducation/top100.