September 24, 2001 Vol. VI, No. 3

Northridge President Jolene Koester meets with the university's diverse students.

Northridge Named A Top Campus for Minority Students

University Ranks 20th in the Nation for Numbers of Bachelor's Degrees Awarded Students of Color

Cal State Northridge has been ranked 20th in the nation in an annual rating of thousands of colleges and universities based on numbers of bachelor's degrees awarded to minority students.

The ranking was compiled earlier this year by the magazine Black Issues in Higher Education, which examined data for all institutions across the country that are eligible for federal financial aid funds. v Cal State Northridge ranked 20th in the nation in the total baccalaureate degrees conferred to minorities in the 1999-2000 academic year. CSUN awarded a total of 1,567 bachelor's degrees to students of color, 607 to men and 960 to women. Those students accounted for 40 percent of the university's graduates that year.

"We are honored to be recognized for our efforts in serving a diverse community," said CSUN President Jolene Koester. "The faculty and staff at Cal State Northridge are proud of our diverse student body and the efforts we have made to ensure that we provide a quality educational experience for everyone."

Six other Cal State system campuses also ranked in the magazine's top 20 for numbers of baccalaureate degrees awarded to minority students, including Fullerton, San Jose, Long Beach, San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Black Issues ranked institutions based on data supplied by the U.S. Department of Education. The rankings are based on the total numbers of degrees awarded in each category; the percentages of degrees awarded are provided for informational purposes.

The magazine's national rankings for Cal State Northridge awarding baccalaureate degrees to students from particular minority groups included:

The magazine also ranked CSUN nationally in the numbers of minority students awarded baccalaureate degrees in specific academic fields:

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