University of New Mexico graduate schools are ranked among the "2012 Best Schools for Hispanics" as reported by HispanicBusiness.com. The schools are ranked based upon their effectiveness in attracting Hispanic students in medicine, business, engineering and law. They rank the top 10 in each discipline.

Anderson School of Management is ranked third among business schools nationally, according to HispanicBusiness.com. With a total graduate enrollment of 633, 223 are Hispanic, representing 35.2 percent of total graduate enrollment. Among the 177 MBA degrees earned, 80 or 39.5 percent were awarded to Hispanics. Anderson School has eight full time MBA Hispanic faculty members among its total MBA faculty of 56. Hispanic faculty make up 14.3 percent of the school's faculty, according to HispanicBusiness.com. The ranking is a jump for UNM Anderson from its seventh place ranking last year and marks the fourth year in a row that the Anderson School has received a top-10 ranking from the magazine.

Doug Brown, Dean of the Anderson School, says being recognized as the third best graduate business school in the nation for Hispanics is a major accomplishment.

"We are especially pleased with the rate of success of our Hispanic students, which is in line with the rest of the student body," said Brown.

Only the University of Texas at El Paso and University of California, Berkeley, were ranked ahead of UNM's Anderson School of Management. Following UNM are the University of Texas at Austin, New York University, the University of Virginia, the University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Miami, Yale University and Stanford University.

The UNM School of Engineering ranked fourth among graduate engineering schools nationally. With a total graduate enrollment of 275, 61 students, or 22.2 percent, are Hispanic. Of a total of 83 postgraduate degrees earned, 26 were awarded to Hispanics, or 31.3 percent. Among the faculty, seven, or 7.1 percent of the total engineering faculty of 98, are Hispanic.

First, second and third on the list are the Georgia Institute of Technology, Purdue University and the University of Texas at El Paso. Following UNM School of Engineering are the University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Washington and Cornell University.

The UNM School of Law ranked fifth among HispanicBusiness.com's list of graduate law schools. With a total enrollment of 362, 100 are Hispanic, representing 27.6 of the school's student body. Of the 106 J.D. Degrees, 33 of them, or 31.1 percent, were earned by Hispanics. The School of Law faculty of 33 features seven Hispanics, representing 21.2 percent of the faculty.

Preceding UNM School of Law are the University of Texas at Austin, Florida International University, Florida State University and American University. Completing the list are Arizona State University, University of California, Los Angeles; University of Southern California, University of Miami and University of San Francisco.

The UNM School of Medicine ranked eighth on HispanicBusiness.com's list. With a total graduate enrollment of 336, 97, or 28.9 percent are Hispanic. With a total of 80 M.D.s awarded, 25, or 31.3 percent were earned by Hispanics. With a full time faculty of 823, 111 are Hispanic, representing 13.5 percent of the faculty ranks.

Preceding UNM School of Medicine on the list are the University of California, San Francisco; Stanford University; University of Texas; Baylor College of Medicine; University of Miami; University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and Florida State University. Coming in below UNM School of Medicine are the University of Texas Medical Branch and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

HispanicBusiness.com reported, "Enrollment at Texas graduate schools is highest overall with 10 universities, Florida comes second with eight and California comes next with seven. Several universities are on more than one list, including UTEP -- always a top contender -- the University of New Mexico and Stanford University."

"Law schools continue to have the highest percent of Hispanic professors, at 10 percent, although that's down from 11.6 percent last year. Medical schools came next with 8.8 percent, down from 9.4 percent. Hispanic faculty at business schools dropped to 7.8 percent, down from 9.1 percent, while Hispanic faculty at engineering schools showed a dismal 4.6 percent, down from 5.1 percent, slipping back to where it stood five years ago."

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Media Contact: Carolyn Gonzales (505) 277-5920; email: cgonzal@unm.edu