The University of Central Florida today was ranked 12th nationally in awarding degrees to minority students, according to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine.

The publication released its rankings of the top 100 undergraduate and graduate minority-degree producers as part of a special report on the magazine’s 30th anniversary.

UCF awarded 3,616 degrees to all minorities in 2012-13. Out of these, the university ranked:

  • 8th nationally for awarding degrees to African-Americans  (988)
  • 8th for Hispanics (1,868)
  • 22nd for native Americans (49)
  • 39th for Asian-Americans (605)
  • “Becoming more inclusive and diverse is one of our long-standing goals at UCF because different lived experiences enhance excellence in everything we do,” said Dale Whittaker, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “The value of diversity is that it results in a richer educational experience for everyone.”

    The data about minority degrees was compiled for the publication by Dr. Victor Borden of Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis using the most recent numbers from the U.S. Department of Education (2012-2013 academic year). Borden created rankings in the total number of degrees awarded at every college and university, as well as specific figures in major fields of study and disciplines.

    For the magazine’s complete list, go to