Rio Hondo College Ranks in the Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics

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Jeffrey Barragan

Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California ranked in three categories for Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics.

Rio Hondo College ranked in three categories in the 2019-2020 Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics by Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine.

The categories Rio Hondo College ranked in are: Total Enrollment 4-year School, Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Degrees, and Total Associate Degrees Granted.

Rio Hondo College has 21,559 Hispanic or Latinx students. According to the list, out of 27,852 total enrolled students, Hispanic or Latinx students are 77% of Rio Hondo College’s students.

Surprisingly, Rio Hondo is one of the few recognized schools with more Hispanic or Latinx students who identify as Men than Women. Nonetheless, more Hispanic or Latinx women received Associates Degrees and Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Degrees in the 2019-2020 year.

Total Enrollment 4-year Schools 2019-2020

Rio Hondo College ranked 14th in Total Enrollment 4-Year Schools. Since 2017, Rio Hondo College has offered a 4-year Bachelors Degree in Automotive Technology.

The school ranked 14th, but the category counts the entire enrollment of Hispanic or Latinx students rather than the number of students enrolled in a 4-year Bachelors Degree program.

According to a 2015 press release by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, Rio Hondo was one of the first of 15 community colleges in California that offered students 4-year degrees. Presently, the only 4-year Bachelor’s Degree available at Rio Hondo College is in Automotive Technology. The 4-year degree is part of Rio Hondo College’s Career and Technical Education (CTE).

Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Degrees 2019-2020

In Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Degrees, Rio Hondo College ranked sixth.

The College had 143 students enrolled in a Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Science Degree; 131 or 92% were Hispanic or Latinx. In addition, 121 students are women compared to only ten men.

But Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine doesn’t elaborate on what exact degrees were counted in Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Degrees.

Total Associate Degrees Granted 2019-2020

Rio Hondo College ranked 24th in Total Associate’s Degrees Granted. It ranked between two other California colleges; El Camino Community College District and Imperial Valley College.

A total of 1,659 Hispanic or Latinx students received an Associate Degree. Out of 1,936 students, Hispanic or Latinx students were 86%.

Coincidentally, more Hispanic or Latinx women than men received an Associates Degree in the 2019-2020 school year. Only 588 men received an Associates Degree compared to 1,071 women last year.

Majority Hispanic or Latinx Cities Surround Rio Hondo College

Rio Hondo College Superintendent/President Teresa Dreyfuss thanked Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine in a media release by the College before asserting, “‘It is a proud day to be acknowledged for such an auspicious set of distinctions and we will continue to lift up our Hispanic/Latino population to ensure their success.’”

Rio Hondo College mainly covers five cities. The cities of El Monte and South El Monte, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, and Whittier. According to the United States Census Bureau, the five cities are all over 60% Hispanic or Latinx.

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