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Aerial view of the San Diego State University campus. (Photo: Jim Brady) Aerial view of the San Diego State University campus. (Photo: Jim Brady)
 


SDSU Among Best Universities for Hispanic Students

The Hispanic Outlook on Higher Education ranked SDSU among the best 100 universities in the nation for serving Hispanic students.
By Katie White
 

San Diego State University prides itself on offering a quality education for students of diverse backgrounds. Just in time for the fall 2017 semester, the university’s dedication to diversity is being recognized in a new ranking.

The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine included SDSU in its Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics list. The university came in No. 9 for bachelor's degrees granted to Hispanics.

SDSU also made several other top 10 lists within the rankings. The university was ranked among the nation’s best schools for foreign languages and literature degrees (No. 5), psychology (No. 5), homeland security (No. 9) and mathematics and statistics (No. 10).

“Our commitment to excellence for all students, our affordability, the quality of our faculty, and our transformative undergraduate student experiences have established SDSU as a leading public university for Hispanic students," said Eric Rivera, vice president for Student Affairs. “Graduation rates among Hispanic students are at 71 percent, compared to the national average of 59 percent and SDSU’s overall graduation rate of 74 percent.”

The rankings are based on data from the U.S. Department of Education. They appear in a special issue of the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine, which was released Aug. 28.

Outstanding programming

SDSU has been recognized multiple times in the past year for programs related to diversity and academic success. The university is a top school for study abroad, military-affiliated students and LGBT programming. The university also climbed 37 spots to No. 146 among national universities in the most recent annual U.S. News & World Report ranking of America’s Best Colleges.

SDSU’s incoming freshman class is the most diverse and highest-achieving cohort in university history. The average high school GPA is 3.74, and the university is awarding a record number of SDSU Merit Scholarships to local students.

All SDSU students and faculty benefit from the success of the university’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign, which exceeded its $750 million goal by raising a total of $815.2 million.