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CUNY Community Colleges Rank in Top 12
in U.S. In Number of Associate Degrees Earned by Hispanics

Four City University of New York community colleges rank in the top 12 in the country in the number of associate degrees earned by Hispanic students, according to the national publication Hispanic Outlook In Higher Education, based on 1996-97 U.S. Departm ent of Education figures. There are 1,123 two-year degree-granting institutions in the United States. LaGuardia Community College ranks 3rd in the nation; Borough of Manhattan Community College is in 5th place; Bronx Community College ranks 8th; and Hostos Community college ranks 12th.

Eight community colleges in New York State were represented among the top 50 in the nation . Six were CUNY community colleges, which awarded 82% of associate degrees to Hispanic students enrolled in the leading colleges in the state.

Although CUNY's community colleges have significant Hispanic enrollments, the number of degrees they grant often exceeds that of many other community colleges with even larger enrollments, according to Hispanic Outlook's special March 26 Community College issue.

For example, while Hispanic enrollment in Borough of Manhattan Community College ranks 23rd, LaGuardia Community College is 33rd, Bronx Community College is 36th, and Hostos Community College is 41st, they grant more degrees than larger schools.

The City University of New York, the nation's leading urban university, comprises 11 senior colleges, six community colleges, a graduate school, a law school, a medical school and an affiliated school of medicine. Nearly 200,000 degree-credit students and 155,000 adultand continuing education students are enrolled throughout the five boroughs of the City of New York. More information is available on the CUNY Website (

Hispanic Outlook

Top 12 Community Colleges
In Number of Hispanics Earning Associate Degrees

Miami-Dade Community College Florida
El-Paso Community College Texas
CUNY - LaGuardia Community College New York
East Los Angeles College California
CUNY - Borough of Manhattan Comm. College New York
Southwestern College California
Laredo Community College Texas
CUNY - Bronx Community College New York
Cerritos College California
Rancho Santiago Community College District California
Texas Southmost College Texas
CUNY - Hostos Community College New York

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