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Best Engineering Schools for Hispanics: 11-20

September 2007, HISPANIC BUSINESS Magazine

11. Rice University
The School of Engineering at Rice is dynamic and diverse. Local chapters of national engineering organizations reflect the makeup of our student body, including the Association of Latin American Engineers and Scientists, an umbrella organization for the national organizations of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the Mexican American Engineering Society.

12. University of Houston
The diversity of the UH System universities is a strength that distinguishes us among universities nationwide. Increasingly, the faculty, staff, administration, and students of our universities will reflect the diversity of Houston.

13. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The College of Engineering has a number of programs and scholarships designed to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups in engineering. The administration understands the engineering industry's need to increase its representation of African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and women.

14. Texas Tech
The College of Engineering at Texas Tech supports diversity through active student organizations, outstanding academic support services, and direct community outreach. As an example, last year students from college worked with faculty and local civic leaders to survey flood plain areas in several districts within the City of Lubbock. The results of this effort will be used to locate new housing and park areas for low-income residents of the city.

15. Michigan State University
At MSU, we take great pride in our diversity. Valuing inclusion means providing all that live, learn, and work at the university the opportunity to actively participate in a vibrant, intellectual community that offers a broad range of ideas and perspectives. To benefit from our campus' diversity, we must embrace the opportunity to learn from each other.

16. Syracuse University
At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world composed of people with different ethnic backgrounds, cultural traditions, physical and mental abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity.

17. University of Arizona
The vision for The University of Arizona is to create an exceptional learning environment, a place of possibility, and a destination for the world's best thinkers. Critical to our vision are students, faculty, and staff who represent a broad diversity of thought, background, ethnicity, and perspective.

18. University of Washington
The College of Engineering is dedicated to producing the world's best engineers. To accomplish that goal, we have instituted a number of programs to help maintain a diverse faculty and student body through community outreach, educational programs, and support services. By providing women and underrepresented minorities with an introduction to the field of engineering, we are effectively widening the applicant pool while gaining the insight and understanding that come from a synthesis of cultural and personal perspectives.

19. Princeton
Princeton Engineering combines multiple perspectives to solve societal problems. Students with diverse backgrounds and expertise improve health care, protect the environment, secure our future, and become leaders.

20. The Catholic University of America
The School of Engineering at the Catholic University of America takes pride in having a diverse community of faculty, staff, and students. As our educational philosophy of "Cutting-Edge Research Driving Superb Education" implies, CUA's School of Engineering offers students a hands-on, research-based education driven by highly productive faculty with intensive publication and research funding histories. Since 2003, CUA has seen a 160 percent increase in Hispanic students, who now comprise approximately 6 percent of the student population in engineering.

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