two Hispanic students in cap and gowns during the 2009 commencement ceremonies.Caption:Cal State Fullerton’s graduating classes are being bolstered by a growing number of Hispanics, including Carmen J. Cortez, right, Class of 2009. She earned a B.S. in biological science, a $101,500 National Science Foundation fellowship and a full scholarship to UC Davis. Photo: Kelly Lacefield Download Photo

First in the State, Fourth in the Nation

Cal State Fullerton Among Leaders in Graduating Hispanics

Cal State Fullerton has moved up to fourth in the nation and continues to be first in the state for the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanic students, as reported in this week’s issue of Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education.

Last year, Cal State Fullerton held the top spot in the state and was fifth nationally.

The annual rankings published in the magazine’s “Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics” are based on 2010-11 data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

During that period at CSUF, 1,924 Hispanics earned bachelor’s degrees, 228 earned master’s degrees, and one graduated with a doctorate in education. The magazine ranks Cal State Fullerton 24th in the nation for the number of master’s degrees awarded to Hispanics.

For bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics in specific majors, Cal State Fullerton nationally ranks:

  • first in communications and journalism
  • first in public administration and social service
  • fifth in business management marketing
  • fifth in education
  • fifth in parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies
  • sixth in homeland security and related protective services
  • seventh in health professions and related programs
  • tenth in foreign languages, literatures and linguistics
  • tenth in psychology

Overall, Hispanics constitute 32 percent of Cal State Fullerton’s student body of more than 36,000 enrolled in the fall. The U.S. Department of Education has designated the university as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a designation tied to the university’s student population, making the institution eligible for federal funding targeted to expanding educational opportunities for Hispanic students and improving their graduation rate.

Media Contact:           Pamela McLaren, 657-278-4852,

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