News Release – Diné College Tops All Colleges and Universities in Number of Psychology Graduates

Diné College Tops All Colleges and Universities in Number of Psychology Graduates


December 7, 2021

TSAILE, Ariz. — Diné College has long been a leader in higher education, now it is also leading the country in the number of psychology major’s it graduates. In the November issue of Diverse Issues in Higher Education, the college is listed as tied for number one with the University of New Mexico. That same issue also ranks Diné College seventh for Biomedical Sciences.

“We are proud of our ranking because it confirms and affirms the quality education that our students receive at Diné College,” said Dr. Charles Roessel, president of the college. “Our psychology and biomedical science degrees are relatively new and already we are producing graduates that are giving back to their communities and the Navajo Nation in numbers that compete with universities across the country.”

The development of new academic programs has always been centered around the needs of the Navajo community. There are currently more than 125 students enrolled in the psychology program at the college.

“I selected Diné College, because it combines Western and Navajo perspectives,” said Harley Interpreter who will be graduating in May of 2022 with a degree in Psychology. “I chose Psychology, because I want to be actively involved with my community and understand the negative effects that impact it, such as, domestic violence, alcoholism, and trauma. I volunteer at the local women’s shelter, and I care for my grandparents at home,” said Interpreter. Interpreter is reflective of the deep commitment that students at Diné College have in making a difference.

Diné College is a four-year tribal college located on the Navajo reservation with six campuses and two microsites across Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah and primarily serves Navajo students. The school offers 20 bachelor degrees, 16 associate degrees, and 6 certificate programs. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The College, established in 1968, is the first tribal college and was formerly named Navajo Community College.


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