Law, medical schools among nation’s top 10 for Hispanics

Florida State University’s colleges of law and medicine are among the 10 best in the nation for Hispanics, according to Hispanic Business.

The College of Law was ranked second among the nation’s law schools, while the College of Medicine was ranked eighth among medical schools on the 2014 Best Schools for Hispanics list.

“It comes as no surprise that Hispanic Business again has recognized Florida State University’s colleges of law and medicine as among the nation’s best for Hispanic students,” said Interim Provost Sally McRorie. “The recognitions highlight our dedication to encouraging a diverse community of excellence where all of our students can succeed.”

Hispanic Business annually ranks the Top 10 graduate schools in four disciplines: business, law, engineering and medicine. The schools are ranked using criteria such as enrollment, faculty, reputation, retention rate and the use of progressive programs to recruit, support and mentor Hispanic students.

Hispanics made up 8.9 percent of the College of Law’s enrollment and received 28 of the 251 law degrees (11.2 percent) awarded to the Class of 2013. Of the college’s full-time faculty, 13.3 percent was Hispanic.

This is the 11th year in a row that Hispanic Business has named the College of Law one of the 10 best for Hispanics.

“We are all thrilled to once again be named in the Hispanic Business Top 10,” said College of Law Dean Donald J. Weidner. “Our community as a whole is enriched by the Hispanic and Latino dimensions of our students, faculty, staff and alumni.”

At the College of Medicine, Hispanics made up 11.3 percent of the college’s student body and earned 10 of the 113 medical degrees (8.8 percent) awarded in 2013. Of the college’s full-time faculty, 4.8 percent was Hispanic.

“This is a great credit to our admissions committee and staff, who work hard to identify incredible students who fit our mission,” said College of Medicine Dean John P. Fogarty. “Students who come here find a welcoming and supportive atmosphere and a sense of family for all students, regardless of race or ethnic origin.We are proud of our success and pleased to be acknowledged once again as a top medical school by Hispanic Business.”

Hispanic Business is a website that publishes business and political news relating to the Hispanic community.