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ASU Named in ‘Top 50 Colleges for Hispanic Students’

June 10, 2015

Angelo State University has been named one of the nation’s “Top 50 Colleges for Hispanic Students” and one of the “Best Colleges for Intramural Sports” by BestColleges.com, an online college guide that ranks institutes of higher education in a multitude of categories.

Overall, ASU ranked No. 44 on the list of Top 50 Colleges for Hispanic Students and No. 22 out of 44 schools listed as the Best Colleges for Intramurals. This marks the third straight year ASU has been ranked for its intramurals program. 

BestColleges.com also ranks individual academic programs in numerous disciplines, and ASU’s Master of Science in applied psychology degree program has been ranked No. 15 in the U.S. on the BestColleges.com list of “Top Online Master’s in Psychology Programs of 2015.” 

According to BestColleges.com, its rankings are based on data compiled using the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, which is maintained by the National Center for Education Statistics and based on data reported by individual institutions every year. Student and faculty surveys, independent research results and other reputable ranking systems are also factored into the BestColleges.com rankings. 

ASU was named a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 and was the first institution in the Texas Tech University System to receive the HSI designation. To qualify as an HSI, a university must have Hispanic enrollment that exceeds 25 percent of the undergraduate population. ASU’s initial designation was accompanied by a five-year, $3.22 million grant from the Department of Education to fund academic and educational support programs to improve retention and graduation rates for all students. In 2011, ASU received another five-year Department of Education HSI grant totaling $5.09 million to fund programs designed to increase the number of students, particularly Hispanic and low-income students, completing degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

More than 2,000 students participate in intramural sports throughout the fall and spring semesters at ASU’s newly remodeled, 235,000-square-foot Intramurals Complex. The intramurals program is managed by University Recreation (UREC). Fall sports include badminton, disc golf, flag football, kickball, soccer, tennis, ultimate Frisbee and volleyball. Spring sports are basketball, dodgeball, golf, racquetball, sand volleyball, softball and table tennis. ASU flag football teams have won four intramural national championships since 2010. 

ASU’s online Master of Science in applied psychology degree program has now received multiple national rankings from a variety of online college guides. Program details are available at www.angelo.edu/dept/psychology_sociology/grad_program/applied_psychology.php

More details on all the ASU rankings are available at www.bestcolleges.com.