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Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Hispanic Magazine, in its latest issue (March 2006), published its ranking of the Top 25 Colleges for Latinos. Dartmouth College, ranked number ten on the list, was commended for its commitment to diversity. The magazine's editors based their rankings on overall academic excellence and selectivity as well as Latino/a enrollment figures and cultural and academic programming for Latino students.
Alexander Hernandez-Siegel, the Associate Dean of Student Life and Advisor for Latino Students, said "We are very pleased about Hispanic Magazine's choice to rank Dartmouth in the Top Ten in their list of 25 colleges and universities for Hispanics. I feel it will put the College's name and reputation in more Latino communities around the country. I believe that the ranking comes from the College's commitment to make pluralism a top priority on campus and the resources Dartmouth puts forward for the undergraduate experience."
The article, by Marissa Rodriguez, noted that Dartmouth's location provides students with access to New York and Boston while providing the "quiet seclusion [of] the 200-acre campus." It also reported that Dartmouth has the highest percentage of tenured female professors in the Ivy League as well as programs that celebrate and foster campus diversity, including the Diversity Peers Program, the Diversity Forum Program and the Latino/a student advisor position held by Hernandez-Siegel.
Other Dartmouth organizations that cater to Latino students include Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA), Alianza Latina, Ballet Folklorico de Dartmouth, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Latino fraternity, Sigma Lambda Upsilon Latina sorority, and the Nuestras Voces theater group. The college offers a Latino studies option and holds an annual Dartmouth Latino Fall Festival for Hispanic Heritage Month. Latino/a graduates of the college have access to the Dartmouth Association of Latino Alumni, and Dartmouth is home to the Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies residential house and center. Currently, six percent of Dartmouth's undergraduate enrollment and five percent of overall enrollment is Hispanic.
Hispanic Magazine included the remaining Ivy League schools in the Top 25 as well as Stanford University and MIT. Ranked above Dartmouth were Harvard University, Princeton University, Amherst College, Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, Pomona College, MIT and Columbia University.
Founded in 1987, Hispanic Magazine has a circulation of 280,000. Geared toward upwardly-mobile Hispanic professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, opinion leaders, members of Hispanic organizations, and students, the magazine's editorial focus is on professional, political and cultural issues of interest to Hispanics.
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