Florida International University (FIU) awarded more bachelor’s and master’s degrees to Latino students during the 2019-2020 academic year than any other institution in the United States, according to Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine. That’s why FIU was ranked the No. 1 institution in awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to Hispanic students and in the top 10 of 13 academic programs.
The academic programs ranked in the top 10 for serving Latino students are degrees in communication and journalism, computer science, engineering, architecture, English language and literature, and education.
As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), FIU has been awarded many accolades for its success in educating Latino students. FIU was ranked as the top U.S. institution in awarding bachelor’s degrees to Hispanic students by Excelencia in Education and also received a Seal of Excellence by the organization for its commitment to student excellence and efforts to increase equity and student success.
“At FIU, we are proud of our role in educating Hispanic students and helping them launch meaningful careers. It’s a part of our identity as Miami’s public research university, and it’s what sets us apart from other universities of our size,” said FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg. “These rankings demonstrate our longstanding commitment to build models for success in graduating and retaining students as an urban minority-serving institution. That’s the foundation we are built from.”
FIU’s laudable work coincides with a pivotal moment for the Latino community, which, just before the pandemic, numbered 3.27 million students enrolled in higher education institutions, according to figures from Excelencia in Education.
Despite the obstacles imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitment of institutions like FIU to Latino students represents a critical step in the effort to close the opportunity gap in the United States.