South Los Angeles medical school listed number two for diversity among private non-profit colleges in the U.S.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (August 25, 2017) — Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) was identified as one of the forty most ethnically diverse colleges in the nation, according to a recently released report.

The Almanac of Higher Education, published annually by The Chronicles of Higher Education, ranked CDU as the second most diverse private non-profit college in the nation. With a diversity index score of 80.3 out of 100, CDU was one of only three private non-profit colleges with a diversity index score of 80 or higher. The high ranking ushers the University into a class of institutions that includes the University of San Francisco, Hawaii Pacific University and others. These rankings were determined by analyzing fall 2015 enrollment data from the U.S. Department of Education.

More than 70% of CDU graduates since the year 2000 are from underrepresented backgrounds, and over 80% of alumni report serving in under-resourced communities following graduation. “The University continues to rebuild and rebrand as a comprehensive mid-size university of excellence, while also never forgetting its historic legacy of enhancing the diversity of the health profession,” said CDU President David Carlisle. “This ranking further substantiates our commitment to cultivating diverse health professional leaders who are equipped with skills relevant to the rapidly developing health care priorities of the 21st century.”

CDU has grown and evolved, shaped by the needs of the community it serves. The University benefits from its location within the Watts-Willowbrook community and the corresponding diversity and complexities of its population by creating an academic environment unlike any other. Since its opening in 1966, CDU has been designated as a minority-serving institution by the U.S. Office of Civil Rights, and its College of Medicine (COM) is recognized as a Historically Black Graduate Institution (HBGI) by the U.S. Department of Education. CDU is also a charter member of Hispanic Serving Health Professions schools, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving the health of Hispanic people through research initiatives, training opportunities, and academic development.