Orange County Business Journal

CSUF Tops State on Latino Grads

Jane Yu Wednesday, May 22, 2013

California State University, Fullerton, again ranked No. 1 statewide for awarding the highest number of undergraduate and graduate degrees to Latino students.

More than 2,100 degrees went to Latino students in 2011, about a quarter of the total number of degrees awarded by the school that year.

The university ranked No. 8 nationally.

The rankings were compiled by Paramus, N.J.-based Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine, based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Latino students make up a third of Cal State Fullerton’s student body of about 37,000.

The university also ranked second in the state and ninth in the U.S. for the number of full-time undergraduate and graduate enrollment of Hispanics, with more than 8,300, out of a total of about 24,000.

Cal State Fullerton is a designated “Hispanic-Serving Institution” thanks to the relatively high ratio of Latino students. The school is eligible for federal funding in connection with efforts to expand educational opportunities for Latinos students.

University of California, Irvine, also made the lists for the number of degrees and the number of full-time students.

UC Irvine awarded 916 degrees to Latino students, about 12% of its total in 2011, to rank No. 50 nationally.

UC Irvine also was No. 40 in terms of full-time Latino students, with nearly 4,000 out of a total of 21,600.