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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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Media Contact: Traci Peterson, Office:817-272-9208, Cell:817-521-5494, tpeterso@uta.edu

The University of Texas at Arlington remains one of the nation’s top universities for providing a racially and ethnically diverse campus, according to rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report.

The magazine evaluated undergraduate enrollment based on a school’s proportion of minority students and the overall mix of ethnic groups. Each school was assigned an index from 0.0 to 1.0, with 1.0 being the most diverse. UT Arlington’s index was .69 - the seventh highest in the diversity rankings for national universities.

“We have always known that a great strength of UT Arlington is the diversity of its students,” President James D. Spaniolo said. “Our diverse population of students has created a vibrant campus environment that helps make our University a welcoming place where others want to be.”

According to preliminary Fall 2012 enrollment figures, almost 54 percent of UT Arlington’s undergraduates identified themselves as African American, Hispanic, Asian, American Indian/Alaska Native, Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian or multiracial. The most current enrollment figures show that Hispanic students account for 23 percent of undergraduate enrollment, while African-American students account for 15 percent.

As part of its commitment to diversity, UT Arlington recently launched a new Center for African American Studies. UT Arlington’s Division of Student Affairs’ Multicultural Affairs office hosts a yearly Diversity Week celebration, a Diversity Lecture Series and provides workshops and leadership opportunities for students. Visit www.uta.edu/multicultural/ to learn more.

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The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.

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