Students on the campus of Cal State San Marcos. Courtesy CSUSM

San Diego State University and California State University San Marcos were ranked among the top colleges for Hispanic students, coming in 2nd and 20th on a new national list.

The list was compiled by BestColleges.com based on academics, student engagement, percent of Hispanic students and cultural impact, among other factors.

The national college information website said San Diego State is a national leader in granting degrees to Hispanic students  and “features a Chicano and Chicana Studies department, through which a variety of degrees concerning culture, history and contemporary issues of the Hispanic community are offered.”

Cal State San Marcos was recognized for being “host of the National Latino Research Center, an organization that seeks to promote an understanding of the American Latino population through applied research and information exchange.”

The college’s enrollment of Hispanics is at nearly 40 percent, compared to 27 percent for San Diego State.

“We are proud that this recognition reflects our commitment to fostering a diverse and welcoming campus for everyone,” said CSUSM President Karen Haynes. “At Cal State San Marcos, we know that with greater diversity comes greater knowledge. We learn from each other. We change each other. We challenge each other to look at the world in new ways. And we do so in a manner that is respectful and reflects our shared values and vision.”

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