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

BOCA RATON, FL (July 26, 2012) – 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 tracked the 2010-11 academic year from U.S. Department of Education reports submitted by all postsecondary institutions.

“To be ranked in the nation’s top 100 schools for minorities within several categories is a true indicator of FAU’s success in its mission to provide access to education,” said FAU President Mary Jane Saunders. “The University takes pride in its diverse student population, proactively promoting cultures from all walks of life.”

FAU ranks 37th in the nation for conferring bachelor’s degrees on to all minorities combined, who represent 44 percent of the total number of graduates, and is an 8 percent increase over the previous year.

The newly released survey indicates that FAU ranks 17th in the nation for conferring bachelor’s degrees on to African-American students.  FAU is 32nd in the nation for conferring bachelors’ degrees on to Hispanic students, who account for 20 percent of the total number of graduates, and is a 9 percent increase over the previous year.  Finally, FAU saw an increase of 39 percent in conferring bachelor’s degrees on to Asian-Americans, ranking 94th in the nation.

FAU also ranks in 17th place among the top 100 degree producers among traditionally white institutions.

FAU recently was ranked 27th in campus ethnic diversity among national universities, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 best college rankings. The magazine identified colleges and universities where students are most likely to encounter other students from ethnic or racial groups different from their own.


About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and 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. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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