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. 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 our UROC summer research programs--but also assists students to complete their graduate degree.
In Fall 2016, over 1500 graduate students at UA were underrepresented minority, i.e., Hispanic, Native American and African American. UA students from underrepresented backgrounds represent 21% of the graduate student body.
URM retention rates and grade point averages are on par with those of all other graduate students. According to the National Science Foundation's Survey of Earned Doctorates (2011-2015), the UA ranks number 1 in the country for PhDs earned by Native American students, and number 7 in the number of PhDs earned by Latinos, surpassed only by universities that graduate a much larger total number of PhDs.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance in your obtaining a graduate degree at The University of Arizona.
Dr. Frans Tax
Faculty Director, The Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion
Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology