Five UTSA undergraduate programs listed among Best in U.S. for Hispanics

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(May 19, 2014) -- For the sixth consecutive year, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) undergraduate program in Architecture ranks No. 1 in the nation for awarding degrees to Hispanic students, according to the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education's annual Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics report. Four other UTSA undergraduate degree programs rank among the best in the country:

No. 1 -- Architecture: 63 (41 male and 22 female)

No. 3 -- Mathematics: 25 (11 male and 14 female)

No. 5 -- Criminal justice: 137 (71 male and 66 female)

No. 6 -- Psychology: 163 (41 male and 122 female)

No. 8 -- Communication: 103 (34 male and 69 female)

Overall, UTSA ranks No. 7 in the nation for the number of undergraduate and graduate degrees awarded to Hispanic students. UTSA earned this top ranking for awarding degrees to 2,330 Hispanic undergraduate and graduate students out of 5,406 students total in 2011-2012, which represented 43 percent of the university's graduating class.

UTSA also ranks No. 7 for the number of undergraduate Hispanic students enrolled and No. 10 for the number of Hispanic graduate students enrolled. Hispanic student enrollment is 47 percent of the total undergraduate population and 35 percent of the total graduate population at UTSA.

"UTSA provides its students with top-tier education and research opportunities," said Lisa Firmin, UTSA associate provost for faculty and student diversity and recruitment. "We are pleased to be shaping the lives of so many young Hispanic students and helping change the face of our country's leaders in all professional fields."

Each year, the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education surveys the Top 100 predominantly Hispanic-serving four-year colleges and universities in the United States and Puerto Rico. It obtains the information for its rankings from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Other UT System schools that were also ranked among the top 100 are the University of Texas at El Paso (No. 4), the University of Texas-Pan American (No. 5), the University of Texas at Brownsville (No. 9) and the University of Texas at Austin (No. 13).

UTSA is one of more than 350 Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) in the United States, accredited with a full-time Hispanic enrollment of 25 percent or greater.

In addition to recognition from the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, HispanicBusiness ranked the UTSA College of Business and College of Engineering No. 8 and No. 5 in the nation for Hispanics, respectively. Additionally, Diverse Issues in Higher Education ranked UTSA No. 7 for bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics.