These Schools Are Awarding Latinos With STEM Degrees More Than Any Other

These Schools Are Awarding Latinos With STEM Degrees More Than Any Other

Whether you’re a Latino student searching for a school to study in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), or you’re an employer hoping to diversify your staff, this report listing the top 25 colleges and universities that are graduating Latinos in STEM is worth a look.

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The report, released Wednesday by Excelencia in Education, found that the schools graduating the most Latinos in STEM are primarily located in Hispanic-populated states like California, Florida and Texas. Colleges across Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, are also producing a significant number of STEM prospects.

Deborah A. Santiago, chief operating officer and vice president for policy at Excelencia in Education, said that the list was put together in an effort to “make it easier” for employers in the STEM fields to find adept Latino workers.

“The reason we put the top 25 list together was to say to employers, ‘If you're looking for Latinos, this is where they are graduating,’” said Santiago.

Here are the top Latino STEM-awarding schools, in order of degree level:

Associate’s Degree: South Texas College, San Jacinto Community College and University of Phoenix-Online

Bachelor’s Degree: University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, Florida International University and the University of Texas at El Paso

Master's Degree: Universidad Politecnica in P.R., Florida International University and University of Texas at El Paso

Doctorate Degree: Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Texas at El Paso.

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While the above schools have a great track record for graduating talented STEM-educated Latinos, Santiago and her team of researchers also found that, overall, only 9 percent of STEM degrees and certificates in the U.S. were awarded to Latinos in 2013.