|Students review brochures and other information provided to them during The University of Texas-Pan American's annual Grad Fair, held March 10. The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine ranked UTPA third among its "Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics" in awarding bachelor's and master's degrees. The magazine reported that part of UTPA's success can be attributed to its recruitment efforts, including the Grad Fair.|
UTPA ranked third in the magazine's "Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics," which was published in its May issue.
The magazine based its rankings on information compiled by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and its Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System for 2010.
UTPA awarded 2,618 bachelor's degrees and 653 master's degrees in 2010. Of those, 2,360 bachelor's recipients (90 percent) and 511 master's recipients (78 percent) were Hispanic, according to the magazine.
Last year the University ranked second in awarding bachelor's and fourth in awarding master's degrees. Hispanic Outlook's article also noted the UTPA Office of Graduate Studies' Grad Fair and its success in recruiting more students, as well as the University's diverse faculty.
The magazine also ranked the top 10 schools to award bachelor's degrees in various majors. UTPA remained on top of the list for English literature, foreign languages and multi/interdisciplinary studies. It also was first in awarding degrees in biological and biomedical sciences, up from second the previous year.
UTPA also moved up the ranks in homeland security (third), psychology (fourth), visual and performing arts (fifth), public administration and public service (sixth) and engineering/engineering tech (eighth). On last year's list UTPA's programs in homeland security, visual and performing arts, public administration and public service and engineering/engineering tech ranked 10th, and psychology was ranked seventh.
This year, UTPA also ranked third in mathematics and statistics, fourth in business and marketing, sixth in parks recreation leisure and fitness and seventh in communications.
UTPA has earned a spot on Hispanic Outlook's lists, including its "Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics," since the late 1990s. The magazine began its "Top 25 Grad Schools for Hispanics" list less than a decade ago, and UTPA has made that list since 2008, Jason Paneque, the publication's news desk and copy editor, said previously.
Read more about the rankings here.