Dear Prospective Graduate Student,
The University of Arizona Graduate College is highly committed to recruiting and retaining a talented and diverse student body. Of particular relevance to higher education is the understanding that diversity of ideas, perspectives and approaches is critical to the advancement of knowledge. We believe that students from diverse backgrounds bring unique life experiences to the investigation of scholarly and scientific problems, and unique perspectives to interdisciplinary issues, of crucial importance to understanding our world and resolving problems confronting humankind.
In Fall 2011, almost 2000 graduate students at UA were underrepresented minority, i.e., Hispanic, Native American and African American, a 53% increase in 10 years. UA students from underrepresented backgrounds represent 18% of the graduate student body, a much higher representation than any other Research I, AAU-member university in the country.*
To ensure that the UA enrolls a diverse graduate student body, the Graduate College not only provides assistance from the very beginning of a student's relationship with us--sometimes as upper-division undergraduates participating in summer research programs--but also assists students to complete their graduate degree.
URM retention rates and grade point averages are on par with those of all other graduate students. Currently, the UA ranks number 1 in the country for conferring Ph.Ds to Native American students, and number 8 in the number of Ph.D.s earned by Latinos, surpassed only by universities that graduate a much larger total number of PhDs.**
Please do not hesitate to contact me or my staff if we can be of assistance in your obtaining a graduate degree at The University of Arizona.
Maria Teresa Velez, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Graduate College
*Numbers above represent Fall 2010-2012 averages, IPEDs.
**2010 Survey of Earned Doctorates, NSF