The Best Colleges for Minorities in Science, Tech, Engineering and Math (STEM)

December 24, 2010  |  

Producing more graduates with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees is crucial to keeping our country competitive globally. Not to mention,  graduates with such degrees can look forward to a rewarding career. According to Payscale.com’s 2010-2011 College Salary Report, the majors with the highest starting and mid-career salaries are nearly all STEM degrees. But unfortunately, the pool of available minority graduates for these industries is limited.  In 2006, 8.3 percent of blacks received a bachelor’s degree in science and engineering; 6.6 percent received a master’s degree and 2.5 percent received a doctoral degree, according to the National Science Foundation. Forbes recently compiled a list of the best colleges for minorities in STEM. To compile their list, Forbes excluded schools where the student body is almost entirely minority and looked at schools’ graduation rate of minority students who received their degrees in STEM. Here’s a look at some of those colleges and some brief facts about them, as provided by US News & World Report:

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota


Bachelor of Science completion degrees, certificates, master degrees, education specialist degree and two doctoral degrees—based on a career-orientated curriculum—are all offered at this institution. In addition, there is the option of being enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate and certificate program at locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nairobi, Kenya; and Jamaica.

Tuition and Fees: $26,090

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