Tribal Colleges Rank Among Top Institutions For Graduating Native American Students


Diverse: Issues in Higher Education has released its latest Top 100 Degree Producers rankings of institutions that grant the most degrees to minority students.

The list is broken down by associate’s degrees, undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees and is searchable by institution, state, major and minority.

There are eight tribal colleges with programs ranked number one or two in the Top 100 list that confer the most degrees to Native American students.

Diné College in Arizona, United Tribes Technical College in North Dakota, Oglala Lakota College in South Dakota, Little Big Horn College in Montana, Fort Peck Community College in Montana, Sinte Gleska University in South Dakota and Turtle Mountain Community College in North Dakota are among the 709 top ranked schools for conferring associate’s degrees. Among the 1,129 schools that confer undergraduate degrees to Native students, Haskell Indian Nations University has two programs that rank number one.

One of the mainstream universities that makes a good showing in the Top 100 list is Southeastern Oklahoma State University with nine different programs in the undergraduate top 10 and three in the graduate category.

“It is a great honor for us to be recognized nationally for our work with Native American students,’’ said Southeastern president Larry Minks. “What is most impressive to me is the number of different subject areas that are represented in the rankings. We have a number of programs in place, including the U.S. Department of Education grant that we received last year, to assist students. The Native American Center for Student Success continues to do an outstanding job as well. Finally, we are very appreciative to have tremendous support from the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the Chickasaw Nation. The partnerships that have been established with both nations make a tremendous difference in the lives of our students.’’

For a full list of top ranked schools—including mainstream universities—that turn out Native Americans graduates, visit DiverseEducation.com.