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Top 10 ENGINEERING Schools for Hispanics 2006

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1. University of Texas at El Paso College of Engineering
500 W. University Ave.
El Paso, TX 79968
(915) 747-5890
Fax: (915) 747-8893
http://www.eng.utep.edu

Total engineering school enrollment - 243
Hispanic engineering school enrollment - 68
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment - 28%
Total postgraduate degrees earned - 125
Postgraduate degrees earned by Hispanics - 42
Percent of postgraduate degrees earned by Hispanics - 34%

The College of Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso is changing the face of engineering and producing highly trained graduates heavily recruited by the industry's leading companies. Success can be contributed to the wealth of professional development and support activities available to students in the college. UTEP boasts chapters of 19 national engineering honor societies and organizations united under the umbrella of the Engineering Student Leadership Council. Four Academic Centers for Engineers and Scientists (ACES) serve as clearing houses for information regarding graduate and professional schools, scholarships, undergraduate research assistantships and other employment opportunities. College of Engineering students also benefit from the five engineering research centers housed at UTEP.

2. Purdue University College of Engineering
Room 170 Young Hall, 302 Wood St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907
(765) 494-2600
Fax: (765) 494-0136
http://www.engineering.purdue.edu

Total engineering school enrollment - 2,148
Hispanic engineering school enrollment - 44
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment - 2%
Total postgraduate degrees earned - 690
Postgraduate degrees earned by Hispanics - 25
Percent of postgraduate degrees earned by Hispanics - 4%

Purdue's College of Engineering has an active, and highly visible chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers that involves more than 120 Hispanic students. The Latino Cultural Center on Purdue's West Lafayette campus has moved to new, more spacious quarters. In addition, the Minority Engineering Program offers a number of services for all students from underrepresented groups, including an orientation seminar for multiethnic engineering students, and extensive mentoring and tutoring programs.

3. Georgia Institute of Technology College of Engineering
631 Cherry St., 318 Savant Building
Atlanta, GA 30332
(404) 894-1610
Fax: (404) 894-1609
http://www.coe.gatech.edu

Total engineering school enrollment - 3,189
Hispanic engineering school enrollment - 140
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment - 4%
Total postgraduate degrees earned - 1,088
Postgraduate degrees earned by Hispanics - 66
Percent of postgraduate degrees earned by Hispanics - 6%

The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the nation's premier research universities. With a total of 714 students enrolled, Hispanics are the fastest-growing ethnic population at Georgia Tech. Student organizations such as the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), Spanish Speaking Organization (SSO), La Unidad Latina, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, and the new Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) Scholar Chapter, are dedicated to increasing the participation of Hispanic college students in the fields of engineering, science, and other technical and non-technical professions. Each year, the number of minority and female students grows, ensuring that Tech's students will be ready to thrive in the multicultural workforce. Hundreds of employers, representing a substantial number of Fortune 500 companies, recruit interns, co-ops, and full-time employees annually.

4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT School of Engineering
77 Massachusetts Ave., Room 3-103
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 253-2917
Fax: (617) 258-8304
http://web.mit.edu/engineering

Total engineering school enrollment - 2,727
Hispanic engineering school enrollment - 67
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment - 3%
Total postgraduate degrees earned - 1,081
Postgraduate degrees earned by Hispanics - 22
Percent of postgraduate degrees earned by Hispanics - 2%

Known for its premier engineering education and world-class research facilities, MIT has helped to spawn many of the new technologies that fuel the U.S. and world economies. Its community of 10,000 includes increasing numbers of Hispanic students, who make up 13 percent of this year's incoming freshman class. MIT is home to an active chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). MIT's Office of Minority Education (OME), founded 30 years ago, plays a significant role in the recruitment, performance, and graduation of students. OME programs include offerings that foster academic achievement, confidence and community building, leadership development, career internships, opportunities to celebrate culture, and faculty-student engagement.

5. University of California, Irvine – The Henry Samueli School of Engineering
101 ECT
Irvine, CA 92697
(949) 824-3562
Fax: (949) 824-3440
http://www.eng.uci.edu

Total engineering school enrollment - 684
Hispanic engineering school enrollment - 25
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment - 4%
Total postgraduate degrees earned - 185
Postgraduate degrees earned by Hispanics - 5
Percent of postgraduate degrees earned by Hispanics - 3%

The Center for Opportunities and Diversity in Engineering (CODE) aids in the school's retention efforts by providing tutoring and mentoring opportunities for Hispanic students. The two main organizations for Hispanic students are the California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP) and CODE. In these organizations, Hispanic students are connected with mentors who serve as tutors and assist in their psychosocial development. UCI also has two Hispanic engineering groups, Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES) and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), which help promote academic excellence and the formation of future leaders. There is a large technological presence in Orange County, where UCI is located. Students find positions in biotechnology, aerospace, and electronics industries.

6. Michigan State University College of Engineering
Office of Admissions, MSU
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 353-5221
Fax: (517) 432-0787
http://www.egr.msu.edu

Total engineering school enrollment - 558
Hispanic engineering school enrollment - 15
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment - 3%
Total postgraduate degrees earned - 174
Postgraduate degrees earned by Hispanics - 4
Percent of postgraduate degrees earned by Hispanics - 2%

The Sloan Engineering Program at Michigan State University fosters a very strong community of Hispanic graduate students. Virtually all admitted Hispanic students are assured full financial support throughout their studies, as long as they maintain normal progress. Regular meetings keep the students in touch with each other and with the program staff. Multiple mentors—their faculty advisor, faculty graduate program coordinator for their department, Sloan director and coordinator—assure that any problems receive prompt attention. These factors contribute to the college's outstanding retention record: More than 90 percent of the Hispanic students who have enrolled in graduate programs during the past eight years have completed the degree they sought.

7. University of Central Florida College of Engineering and Computer Science
P.O. Box 162993
Orlando, FL 32816
(407) 823-2445
Fax: (407) 823-6334
http://www.cecs.ucf.edu

Total engineering school enrollment - 690
Hispanic engineering school enrollment - 29
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment - 4%
Total postgraduate degrees earned - 325
Postgraduate degrees earned by Hispanics - 16
Percent of postgraduate degrees earned by Hispanics - 5%

The college's Minority Engineering & Computer Science Programs (MEP) office is an affiliate of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), the National Association for Multicultural Engineering Program Advocacy (NAMEPA), and the Florida-Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in Engineering and Science (FG-LSAMP). Through these networks, undergraduate and graduate students are connected with scholarships, internships, research, professional development, and employment opportunities. The MEP office also advises chapters of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). In a recent survey of graduating master's and doctoral engineering and computer science students, 92.8 percent rated their graduate experience at UCF as positive.

8. Stanford University School of Engineering
630 Serra Street, Suite 120
Stanford, CA 94305
(650) 723-4291
Fax: (650) 576-2257
http://www.soe.stanford.edu

Total engineering school enrollment - 3,145
Hispanic engineering school enrollment - 76
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment - 2%
Total postgraduate degrees earned - 1,166
Postgraduate degrees earned by Hispanics - 29
Percent of postgraduate degrees earned by Hispanics - 3%

Both Stanford University and the School of Engineering aspire to be as multicultural as they are multidisciplinary. Under the direction of Associate Dean Dr. Noe Lozano, Stanford Engineering's administration seeks to enhance and support diversity within the school through its Engineering Diversity Programs office. The Stanford Society of Chicano Latino Engineers and Scientists boasts more than 100 members. The university is home to 21 Latino, Chicano and Hispanic student organizations that engage in activities ranging from community outreach to cultural celebrations.

9. The University of Texas at Austin College of Engineering
P.O. Box 7608
Austin, TX 78713
(512) 475-7390
Fax: (512) 475-7395
http://www.engr.utexas.edu

Total engineering school enrollment - 1,605
Hispanic engineering school enrollment - 57
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment - 4%
Total postgraduate degrees earned - 583
Postgraduate degrees earned by Hispanics - 30
Percent of postgraduate degrees earned by Hispanics - 5%

With its top-ranked graduate programs, close proximity to Latin America, and a vibrant Hispanic community in the city, the University of Texas at Austin provides Hispanic students a high-quality degree in a familiar environment. Through the university's membership in the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM), Hispanic graduate students receive financial support that allows them to remain focused on their studies. The active student chapter of the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers also welcomes graduate students for professional development and social networking. As a result, many of the college's more than 500 Hispanic graduates work at the highest level of industry and government.

10. The University of New Mexico School of Engineering
MSC063720, 1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
(800) 225-5866
Fax: (505) 277-6686
http://www.soe.unm.edu

Total engineering school enrollment - 654
Hispanic engineering school enrollment - 69
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment - 11%
Total postgraduate degrees earned - 176
Postgraduate degrees earned by Hispanics - 15
Percent of postgraduate degrees earned by Hispanics - 9%

UNM's student body and the demographics of the School of Engineering reflect diversity. The Multicultural Engineering Program is designed to support students from diverse heritages to excel. Free mentoring services, one-on-one advising, special scholarship opportunities, professional development workshops, and a computer lab are available.

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