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Tuskegee Ranked Among Nation’s Top Producers Of African-American Baccalaureates In Agriculture, Biological Sciences

November 11, 2010

TUSKEGEE, Ala. - Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine has listed Tuskegee University among the top 100 baccalaureate-degree-producers of minority and African-American students in the nation..

The University received a top-five ranking among degree-producers of African Americans receiving baccalaureates in agriculture, agriculture operations and related sciences and was among the top-20 producers of minorities receiving degrees in those fields.

Diverse also ranked the University among the top 20 for producers of African Americans receiving baccalaureate degrees in biological and biomedical sciences

Dr. Walter Hill, dean of the College of Agricultural, Environmental and Natural Sciences, says the hands-on experience at Tuskegee acts as a magnet for students serious about enrolling and finishing their studies at the University.

"Our freshmen don't have to wait for that hands-on experience with animal science and pre-veterinary medicine or plant and food and nutritional sciences. If the readiness is there, they can do the research and avoid waiting until their junior years, which is a practice at many schools," Dr. Hill said.

Additionally, a growing number of scholarships and internships with corporations and government agencies also play a big role in attracting some of the nation's brightest students, Dr. Hill said. "Half or more go on to graduate or professional schools, and we're seeing more and more double majoring to capitalize on career opportunities," he said.

Overall, the University ranked in the top 30 among historically black colleges and universities producing African-American recipients of baccalaureate degrees.

"The rankings show that Tuskegee stands tall as an attractive and competitive institution of higher learning, particularly in the broad professions of math as well as those rooted in the sciences. Students remain eager for education within this realm of scholarship that cultivated the pioneering research of George Washington Carver, the leadership of General Daniel "Chappie" James, the powerful writing skills of Ralph Ellison and today's cutting-edge research in materials science," said University President Benjamin F. Payton.

Tuskegee University is home to about 3,000 students from more than 30 countries and spreads across 450 acres that reach out to encompass another 4,500 acres of forest and agricultural experiment/research station spaces. The University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools with additional national and professional accreditations in the following programs: architecture, business, chemistry, dietetics, education, engineering, clinical sciences, nursing, social work, occupational therapy and veterinary medicine.

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