US News ranks UH Hilo among leaders in diversity

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Date: Monday, August 20, 2007
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaii at Hilo is tied for sixth place among the nation’s liberal arts colleges for ethnic and racial diversity among the student body in the 2008 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report. The exclusive rankings, which this year feature some substantial changes in methodology, will be published in the magazine’s August 27 issue.

UH Hilo had the highest percentage of Asian Americans among liberal arts colleges in the U.S. at 50 percent. The University, which ranked in the fourth tier overall among liberal arts colleges, is tied with Brigham Young University-Hawai`i, where the percentage of Asian Americans stood at 40 percent.

“The multicultural makeup of our student body has and continues to be one of the strengths and distinguishing features of UH Hilo,” said Chancellor Rose Tseng. “This diversity is both a tremendous source of pride and a valuable asset in preparing our students to excel in a global society.”

For more information about the rankings and the changes in methodology employed by US News, visit the magazine online at

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