The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine rates California State University, Fresno among the top 20 schools in the nation for awarding bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics.

According to the May 2009 issue of the magazine, Fresno State is 18th in awarding bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics for the 2007-08 year. Fresno State had 1,013 Hispanics student earn B.A. degrees.

In addition, Fresno State was 31st in awarding master’s degrees to 192 Hispanic students.

The magazine annually publishes lists of the 100 four-year colleges and universities in the United States that confer the most bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on Hispanic students. Information cited is derived from the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) program for July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008.

Looking at specific academic programs, the magazine ranked Fresno State eighth in bachelor’s degrees in agriculture to Hispanics (24) and ninth for health science degrees (84).

Fresno State’s enrollment of Hispanic students in fall 2008 was 7,392, or 32.7 percent of students enrolled.