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UCF can add increasing diversity to its list of accomplishments.

UCF was ranked 12th nationally in awarding degrees to minority students, according to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. UCF awarded 3,616 undergraduate degrees and 637 graduate and professional degrees to minority students.

"Becoming more inclusive and diverse is one of our long-standing goals at UCF because different lived experiences enhance excellence in everything we do," said provost and vice president for Academic Affairs Dale Whittaker in a release. "The value of diversity is that it results in a richer educational experience for everyone."

The university ranked eighth nationally for awarding degrees to African-Americans, eighth for awarding degrees to Hispanics, 22nd for awarding degrees to Native Americans and 39th for awarding degrees to Asian-Americans.

The rankings were released for Diverse's 30th anniversary publication. It ranked the top 100 undergraduate and graduate minority-degree producers. The rankings were based on data from the U.S. Department of Education during the 2012-2013 academic year.

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