ND ranks among 'Top 25 Colleges for Latinos'

SOUTH BEND -- Hispanic Magazine has ranked the University of Notre Dame ninth on its 2004 list of "Top 25 Colleges for Latinos," the third consecutive year the university has made the list since its debut in 1999.

Notre Dame was ranked 15th in 2002 and 16th last year.

The magazine based its evaluations on academic excellence and Hispanic achievement. It gathered information from sources including the universities, Hispanic scholarship organizations, U.S. News & World Report's annual survey of "America's Best Colleges," and Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, which publishes a list of the top 100 institutions that award bachelor's degrees to Hispanics.

Diversifying Notre Dame's population has been a top priority for the Rev. Edward A. Malloy, the university's president. Since 1987, when Malloy took office, minority enrollment has increased from 7.5 percent to 17 percent. Hispanics currently constitute almost 8 percent of undergraduate enrollment.

The March issue ranked Stanford University first, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University.

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