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FAU Ranks Among Top 100 Colleges and Universities in Producing Undergraduate Degrees for Minorities

BOCA RATON, FL (June 25, 2010) – Florida Atlantic University was ranked one of the top 100 four-year colleges in the nation conferring bachelor’s degrees on to minority students according to a survey in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, a magazine published bi-weekly that informs leaders from academe, industry and public policy about current trends and issues that are going on in the United States.

The National Center for Education Statistics collected the data from a large number of U.S. four-year colleges and universities as part of a three-year study that was designed to redefine the way racial/ethnic groups are categorized. This newly released survey, which tracks the 2008-09 academic year, organized higher education institutions into categories and determined which type of institution saw the greatest number of minority graduates.   The data indicates that 65 percent of minorities surveyed earned degrees from four-year, public universities. 

“FAU embraces its diverse student body and takes pride in being one of the nation’s top 100 schools for minorities,” said FAU President MJ Saunders.  “To be included once again on this list is a true indicator of FAU’s positive movement in its mission to provide access to education.”

The survey findings consist of four different minority groups – African-American, Native-American, Asian-American and Hispanic.  FAU was ranked 26 th in the nation overall for conferring bachelor’s degrees on to Hispanic students.

The report breaks down the data by academic disciplines as well, with the study focusing on minority students who have earned degrees in biological and biomedical sciences; business, management, marketing and related support services; education; engineering; and social sciences and history.   

For biological and biomedical sciences majors, FAU is ranked in 24 th place with African-American students.  FAU is ranked 34 th for producing Asian-American education majors, which shows a 10 percent increase from last year’s numbers, and ninth in the nation for producing Hispanic education majors.  This last ranking shows a rise of 37 percent from last year’s report.

The number of African-Americans graduating from FAU with degrees in engineering has increased by 11 percent this year, resulting in a 17 th place ranking for FAU.  The number of African-American social sciences and history degree recipients increased by 12 percent and resulted in a 21 st place ranking for FAU.  The number of Hispanic students in the same area of study has risen by 8 percent, resulting in FAU’s 37 th place ranking. 


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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges: Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. For more information, visit .

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