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Health Science Center Hispanic enrollment highest in 5 years

Nearly 700 Hispanic students are enrolled this fall at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution that has one of the highest concentrations of Mexican-American medical school faculty members in the country. UTHSCSA is one of a very few U.S. health sciences universities to offer Hispanic Center of Excellence programming for both medical and dental students and a similar center of excellence for nursing students.

Unofficial 12th-day enrollment figures at UTHSCSA show 693 self-identified Hispanics are enrolled in the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Dental School, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and School of Allied Health Sciences. Enrollment in all the schools is 2,770. UTHSCSA is an undergraduate Hispanic Serving Institution because its Hispanic student representation among undergraduates meets or exceeds 25 percent.

Hispanic enrollment is highest in the School of Nursing at 36 percent and the School of Allied Health Sciences at 34 percent. UTHSCSA's overall Hispanic enrollment climbed to 25 percent this year, compared to 23.9 percent in 2001, 22.1 percent in 2000, 19.6 percent in 1999 and 18.9 percent in 1998. "The steady rise in Hispanic representation among our students is indicative of the changing demographics of our region and our commitment to serve the Hispanic population through health education, research and care," said Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., president of the Health Science Center.

Overall, 1,222 members of minority groups including Hispanics, blacks and Asians make up 44 percent of the campus enrollment. Enrollment statistics are not official until ratified by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Ninety percent of the students (2,498) are from Texas, and 38 percent (1,063) are from Bexar County. Women make up 62 percent of the enrollment, outnumbering men 1,717 to 1,053.

Contact: Will Sansom