Baylor Again Ranks In Top 100 Of Degrees Awarded Hispanics

May 14, 2001

by Lori Scott Fogleman

WACO, Texas -- Baylor University is again ranked among the nation's top 100 colleges and universities awarding degrees to Hispanics in the latest rankings released by The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education.

Baylor, ranked 85th in bachelor's degrees conferred upon Hispanics, was among five Big 12 universities and 21 Texas schools receiving recognition in the national academic journal's top 100 published May 7. Last year, Baylor was ranked 87th.

Four-year colleges and universities that qualified for the Top 100 by granting the most degrees to Hispanics conferred 289,752 bachelor's degrees, with 41,064 of those earned by Hispanic students. That number represented a 6.8 percent increase over the previous year's total.

Baylor awarded a total of 180 bachelor's degrees to Hispanic students in 1998-99, according to data gathered by the National Center for Education Statistics in the U.S. Department of Education. Baylor's Hispanic enrollment that academic year was 941 students among a total university enrollment of 12,987 students. In the 2000-2001 academic year, Baylor's total enrollment of 13,719 students included 967 Hispanic students.

Chartered by the Republic of Texas in 1845, Baylor is the oldest continuously operating university in Texas and the largest Baptist university in the world. The 432-acre main campus adjoins the Brazos River near downtown Waco, a Central Texas city of more than 110,000 people.

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