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Seminole State makes list of top schools for enrollment of Hispanic undergrads

Seminole State ranks No. 57 for enollment of Hispanic undergraduate students among the nation's four-year college's and univerisities, according to Hispanic Outlook.

Seminole State College of Florida is among the top schools for enrollment of Hispanic undergraduate students in the United States, according to Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine.

The magazine, which annually compiles its report of Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics, ranked Seminole State No. 57 in the Top 100 Four-Year Colleges and Universities Enrollment Undergraduate Degrees. Seminole State was one of 16 Florida institutions to make this list.

With the recent passage of House Bill 851, which goes into effect July 1, enrollment of Hispanic students at Seminole State is expected to increase. The bill allows students who are undocumented immigrants to qualify for in-state tuition at Florida colleges and universities.

"This legislation increases access for students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to obtain an education, and it fosters educational pathways for students to accomplish their goals and become productive members of the workforce and society," says Geoff Fortunato, associate vice president of Student Services. "The bill holds true to the two basic tenants of education – accessibility and affordability."

About 20 undocumented students were enrolled at Seminole State in 2013-14. Half of those students received a full scholarship to the College as part of a partnership with the Hope Community Center in Apopka. This program launched in August 2013.

Of Seminole State's 18,000 college-credit students enrolled in Fall 2013 (the most recent term for which data is available), nearly a quarter (23 percent) are Hispanic.

About Seminole State College: Seminole State operates six sites in Central Florida, including campuses in Altamonte Springs, Heathrow, Oviedo and Sanford/Lake Mary. Seminole State, one of the fastest growing state colleges in the nation, has more than 32,000 students.

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