California State University, Dominguez Hills is among the nation’s leading institutions in granting degrees to Hispanic students, according to Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education.
In its Top 100 lists, Hispanic Outlook ranks CSU Dominguez Hills 37th in granting the most undergraduate degrees and 31st in awarding the most graduate degrees to students of Hispanic origin against other universities across the country. The 2012 rankings are based on 2011 graduation data as reported to the National Center for Educational Statistics.
That year, CSU Dominguez Hills conferred 785 bachelor’s degrees and 210 master’s degrees to Hispanic students. With 2,057 students graduating from the university in 2011, the number of Hispanic graduates represented 38 percent of the overall graduating class, which was the highest percentage of any California institution. However, the magazine does not rank based on percentage but rather the total number of Hispanic students a university graduates.
“Being in the top 50 of universities nationwide graduating Latino students is something to be proud of because it means we are playing a role in educating one of this country’s fastest-growing populations,” said university spokesman, Vice President of University Advancement Greg Saks.
Among the magazine’s ranks of specific majors, CSU Dominguez Hills ranked 10th in degrees granted to Hispanics majoring in Chicano studies, and eighth in degrees granted to Hispanics majoring in public administration and social service.
CSU Dominguez Hills is considered one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the western United States, with no racial group in the majority. Hispanic students represent 47.4 percent of the student population. As of fall 2011, more than 14,000 students were enrolled at the university.