When Liliana Hernandez earned her bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from UNT in May, she became the first in her family to graduate from college. Hernandez says she hopes that her accomplishments will encourage her sister and three brothers to complete college as well, two of whom are already pursuing degrees.
"Now that one of us has done it, it's easier for my siblings to imagine going to college," Hernandez says.
Hernandez and UNT's other Hispanic graduates have helped UNT remain on the Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics list by Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine, the nation's sole Hispanic publication in higher education.
Each year the magazine lists the top 100 universities in the U.S. for awarding the most degrees to Hispanics.
UNT awarded more degrees to Hispanics than any university in North Texas, ranking higher than the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Texas at Dallas. The report from Hispanic Outlook states that Texas universities had the highest percentage of degree earners in the areas of bachelor's and master's degrees.
According to the report, UNT:
- Ranked 31st in undergraduate degrees, up from last year's ranking of 36th place
- Awarded 796 bachelor's degrees, or 13 percent of its total annual undergraduate degrees, to Hispanics
- Ranked 46th for graduate degrees, up from last year's ranking of 67th place
- Awarded 156 master's and doctoral degrees, or 9 percent of total annual graduate degrees, to Hispanics
The data was compiled by National Center for Education Statistics and is based on numbers from 2010.
"We are thrilled that UNT has again been named among the top colleges for Hispanics and that we're moving higher up on the list every year," says Gilda Garcia, vice president of the Division of Institutional Equity and Diversity. "The growing number of Hispanics graduating from UNT speaks well about the quality of our students and about our commit to their success. This inclusion reflects UNT's diversity and is part of our continued commitment to create an environment that supports all students to be successful through graduation."
Elizabeth Smith with UNT News Service can be reached at Elizabeth.Smith@unt.edu.