Baylor Ranks Among Top 100 Schools For Hispanic Graduates

June 13, 2002

by Lori Scott Fogleman

Baylor University again is ranked among the nation's top 100 colleges and universities awarding degrees to Hispanics in the latest rankings published May 6 by The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine.

Baylor, ranked 93rd in bachelor's degrees conferred upon Hispanics, was among five Big 12 universities and 22 Texas institutions earning recognition in the national academic journal.

Baylor awarded a total of 172 bachelor's degrees to Hispanic students in 2000-2001, 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 967 students among a total university enrollment of 13,719 students. In the 2001-2002 academic year, Baylor's total enrollment of 14,221 students included 1,051 Hispanic students.

"The Top 100 clearly enable our youth to not only enter the race, but to stay the course through equitable access and, increasingly, through environments of inclusion. For these vital accomplishments, we salute the institutions and those who toil within," said José López-Isa, publisher of Hispanic Outlook.

"We salute, too, the Hispanic students who, by finding their way to college and making their way to graduation, have proved that they are persistent, intelligent and focused," he said.

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 more than 500-acre main campus adjoins the Brazos River near downtown Waco, a Central Texas city with a metro area of 250,000 people.

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