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UTEP Ranked #1 Engineering School for Hispanics for 3rd Consecutive Year

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The University of Texas at El Paso is the nation’s number one graduate engineering school for Hispanics for the third consecutive year, according to Hispanic Business magazine.

The magazine’s September 2007 issue ranks the Top 10 graduate schools for Hispanics in a variety of disciplines under its Diversity Report.

“We are thrilled to be ranked at the top for a third year,” UTEP President Diana Natalicio said. “It reflects our commitment to providing access to high-quality educational and research opportunities for all students.”

Hispanic Business looked at a variety of factors for its rankings, including the percentage of Hispanic graduate students enrolled and the percentage of engineering degrees awarded to Hispanics in 2006. Nearly 24 percent of UTEP’s 282 graduate engineering students are Hispanic, UTEP awarded 138 postgraduate degrees in engineering last year – nearly 30 percent of them to Hispanic students.

The magazine also considered a university’s efforts to help students transition to graduate school and to support them throughout their graduate career.

“We work very hard to provide opportunities for our students to be active and engaged in research and technology development at UTEP,” said Richard Schoephoerster, dean of the College of Engineering. “We want to be sure they receive the experiences they need to be successful here and in their future careers.”

UTEP’s College of Engineering consistently ranks as one of the top 5 schools in the continental U.S. in awarding bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics, and has been named a "Model Institution for Excellence" by the National Science Foundation.

The college has received numerous prestigious recognitions and awards, including selection to PACE, the Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering program. The PACE designation brought with it a $169 million in-kind donation of computer-engineering software and equipment from General Motors and other PACE corporate partners.

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