Samueli School Graduate Program Ranks Top 10 in Nation for Hispanics

Hispanic Business magazine ranks UC Irvine’s School of Engineering fifth in the country

Hispanic Business magazine recently recognized The Henry Samueli School of Engineering as the fifth top engineering school in the nation for Hispanic students.  UC Irvine shares the top 10 list with engineering programs at schools such as Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The magazine reported the following statistics about the Samueli School:

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 and the California Alliance for Minority Participation at the School were established to support minority students in the field of engineering. CODE works to promote and facilitate diversity by providing academic, professional and social support for students, offering a variety of services, including free one-on-one tutoring, academic success and professional development workshops, and a peer mentoring program. 

CAMP, which began at UC Irvine in 1991, is a statewide initiative funded by the National Science Foundation, which works to increase the quality and quantity of underrepresented students receiving bachelor’s degrees in science, engineering and mathematics. CAMP focuses on three different areas: the preparation for university life, academic excellence during college, and careers after graduation. Eight UC campuses currently participate in CAMP.

The SamueliSchool also has student organizations that work to promote diversity in the field of engineering. For example, the Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists was established in 1974 for the purpose of increasing the number of Mexican-Americans and other Hispanics in the technical and scientific fields.

Another student organization supporting diversity is UC Irvine’s chapter of The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. By providing mentorship, tutoring and professional skills, SHPE works to support Latinos in the fields of math, science and engineering, while increasing the number of Latinos entering these fields.

Overall, Hispanic Business magazine ranked the following engineering graduate programs as the top 10 in the nation for 2006:

(1) University of Texas at El Paso (2) Purdue University (3) Georgia Institute of Technology (4) Massachusetts Institute of Technology(5)University of California, Irvine(6) MichiganStateUniversity(7)University of CentralFlorida(8) StanfordUniversity (9) The University of Texas at Austin (10) The University of New Mexico

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