The University of Texas at El Paso has been ranked among the top universities for Hispanic students in two recent magazine publications.

The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine ranked UTEP No. 2 in the nation for total number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics moving up from fourth place last year.

UTEP granted 3,194 total bachelor’s degrees in 2013 of which 80 percent were awarded to Hispanics.

The magazine also listed UTEP among the top 10 in several bachelor’s degree program categories:

  • UTEP awarded bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics in the fields of education and mathematics and statistics;
  • They came in number 3 for undergraduate engineering degrees
  • In at number 5 in homeland security, law enforcement or firefighting degrees
  • In 9th place in communication and journalism
  • And in 10th place in the visual and performing arts.

In a separate ranking, nonprofit organization Excelencia in Education listed UTEP as No. 1 in the country for awarding doctoral degrees to Latinos in health professions or related programs. According to the report “Finding Your Workforce: Latinos in Health” published in April 2015 13 of the doctoral degrees awarded by the College of Health Sciences and School of Nursing in 2012-13, 10 were earned by Hispanics.

The Excelencia ranking is of particular note because across the country that same year, fewer than 10 percent of the degrees presented to Latinos in health professions were at the graduate level.

UTEP offers 72 bachelor’s, 73 master’s and 20 doctoral degree programs and boasts the lowest out-of-pocket cost among all research universities in the U.S.

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