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Cal State Fullerton graduates more Hispanics that any other college in state

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A sky view of Cal State Fullerton. One out of every three graduating seniors at Cal State Fullerton identifies as Hispanic, making it the top CA school to award diplomas to Hispanics.

For the second year in a row, Cal State Fullerton is the top California school to award bachelors degrees to Hispanics. One out of three students walking out with a diploma identifies as Hispanic.

The latest issue of "Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education" studied data from the US Department of Education and found that almost 2,000 Hispanics earned their bachelor’s degrees at Cal State Fullerton.

That’s number four on a list of 100 colleges trying to reduce the Latino college dropout rate nationwide. Within California, Cal State Fullerton is at the top.

Hispanics make up the fastest-growing ethnic population in the state, but only about half graduate from high school. They often end up in service jobs or doing other unskilled labor.

As a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Cal State Fullerton gets federal grants to boost its Latino enrollment to more than a quarter of the student body, and to develop programs to bridge the gap in educational achievement.

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