Cal State Fullerton is fourth in the nation and second in California for awarding bachelor’s degrees to underrepresented students in all disciplines and fifth nationally/third in state for bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics, according to the Aug. 23 issue of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
The latest rankings moved the university up one place for total number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to underrepresented students and up to No. 40 from last year’s 48th place for total number of master’s degrees awarded to underrepresented students.
The number of underrepresented students earning bachelor’s degrees rose by 8 percent for underrepresented and 12 percent for Hispanics over the previous year. Master’s degrees awarded to both underrepresented and Hispanic students increased by 14 percent from the previous year.
The university also ranked 11th nationally for bachelor’s degrees awarded to Asian-American students. CSUF was eighth in the state for both bachelor’s and master’s degrees awarded to Asian-American students.
The rankings are based on 2015-16 preliminary data collected by the U.S. Department of Education.