UTA honored as a top university for Hispanic students

Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine ranks UTA among nation’s best

Friday, Mar 18, 2022 • Herb Booth : Contact

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The University of Texas at Arlington again is ranked among the Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanic Students, according to an annual list from The Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine.

UTA was nationally ranked in four categories:

• No. 7 in architecture degrees

• No. 7 in master’s degrees

• No. 21 in bachelor’s degrees

• No. 29 in total enrollment

Michele Bobadilla, assistant provost for Hispanic student success, said UTA is committed to engaging and empowering Hispanic and Latino students through initiatives such as UTA A Mi Manera, which build community and underscore the value the university places on diversity, equity and inclusion.

“The University has shown its commitment to Hispanic students through a welcoming environment,” Bobadilla said. “UT Arlington has provided a number of student success initiatives and programs that ensure success and graduation among Hispanic students.”

In 2014, UTA became the largest public four-year university in Texas to meet U.S. Department of Education requirements to be labeled a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). In addition, UTA is among the few universities nationwide to achieve designations of both HSI and Carnegie R-1: Very High Research Activity in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Earlier this year, UTA was ranked No. 3 nationally by U.S. News & World Report for the ethnic diversity of its undergraduate students.

The University is also part of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s University Partnership Initiative, led by Bobadilla. The initiative’s goal is to build a robust college-to-career pipeline between UTA and the corporations that partner with the foundation, resulting in enhanced career-readiness for students and an immediately employable talent pool for various industries.

“UT Arlington actively conducts cutting-edge research, actively engages with key stakeholders in the community on issues of critical importance and promotes diversity in all sectors of University life,” said Bobadilla, who is also senior associate vice president for outreach services and community engagement. “These touch points ensure that our students receive real-world experiences that will prepare them for the global marketplace as they move from college to their careers.”

Each year The Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine acknowledges America’s top colleges and universities with the most Hispanic students, as well as schools granting the most degrees to Hispanic students generally and for specific majors. The rankings were determined using data from the National Center for Education Statistics and The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.