What is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)?

We hear from many families wanting to learn about the resources available to minority students starting the college search. Many students don’t know about the countless schools that exist to support minority students. Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) are just one of the many types of colleges out there.

 

Hispanic Serving Institutions are colleges and universities that are formally recognized for their commitment to serving the Hispanic population. At these colleges, Hispanic students will find themselves surrounded by peers and supported with quality resources as they pursue a higher education. To learn more, don’t miss this post.

 

What is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)?

 

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics recognizes Hispanic Serving Institutions as accredited colleges or universities with an enrollment of full-time undergraduate students that consists of at least 25% Hispanic students. Recognized HSIs are then eligible for federal grants to help them further support the Hispanic population.   

 

Specific grants are also available for schools that seek to gain recognition as an HSI. Formally referred to as Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions (DHSI), these schools can attain grants to expand their educational opportunities for Hispanic students. Grants are also intended to broaden academic offerings, increase program quality, and build institutional stability of the colleges and universities that educate many Hispanic students.

 

What Colleges are HSIs?

 

Eligible Hispanic-Serving Institutions City State/Territory
Adams State University Alamosa CO
Allan Hancock College Santa Maria CA
Alvin Community College Alvin TX
Amarillo College Amarillo TX
American University of Puerto Rico Bayamon PR
American University of Puerto Rico Manati PR
Angelo State University San Angelo TX
Antelope Valley College Lancaster CA
Arizona State University-Downtown Phoenix Phoenix AZ
Arizona State University-West Glendale AZ
Arizona Western College Yuma AZ
Atenas College Manati PR
Atlantic University College Guaynabo PR
Austin Community College District Austin TX
Bakersfield College Bakersfield CA
Baptist University of the Americas San Antonio TX
Barry University Miami FL
Barstow Community College Barstow CA
Bayamon Central University Bayamon PR
Bergen Community College Paramus NJ
Berkeley City College Berkeley CA
Bethel College Hampton VA
Big Bend Community College Moses Lake WA
Boricua College New York NY
Brandman University Irvine CA
Brazosport College Lake Jackson TX
Brookhaven College Farmers Branch TX
Broward College Fort Lauderdale FL
Cabrillo College Aptos CA
California Baptist University Riverside CA
California College San Diego San Marcos CA
California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks CA
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona Pomona CA
California State University-Bakersfield Bakersfield CA
California State University-Channel Islands Camarillo CA
California State University-Chico Chico CA
California State University-Dominguez Hills Carson CA
California State University-East Bay Hayward CA
California State University-Fresno Fresno CA
California State University-Fullerton Fullerton CA
California State University-Long Beach Long Beach CA
California State University-Los Angeles Los Angeles CA
California State University-Monterey Bay Seaside CA
California State University-Northridge Northridge CA
California State University-Sacramento Sacramento CA
California State University-San Bernardino San Bernardino CA
California State University-San Marcos San Marcos CA
California State University-Stanislaus Turlock CA
Calumet College of Saint Joseph Whiting IN
Canada College Redwood City CA
Capital Community College Hartford CT
Caribbean University-Bayamon Bayamon PR
Caribbean University-Carolina Carolina PR
Caribbean University-Ponce Ponce PR
Caribbean University-Vega Baja Vega Baja PR
Carlos Albizu University-Miami Miami FL
Carlos Albizu University-San Juan San Juan PR
Casa Loma College-Van Nuys Van Nuys CA
CBD College Los Angeles CA
Central Arizona College Coolidge AZ
Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque NM
Cerritos College Norwalk CA
Chabot College Hayward CA
Chaffey College Rancho Cucamonga CA
Cisco College Cisco TX
Citrus College Glendora CA
City College-Miami Miami FL
City Colleges of Chicago – Malcolm X College Chicago IL
City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Chicago IL
City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S. Truman College Chicago IL
City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J. Daley College Chicago IL
Clovis Community College Clovis NM
Coastal Bend College Beeville TX
Coastline Community College Fountain Valley CA
Cochise College Douglas AZ
Colegio Universitario de San Juan San Juan PR
College America-Denver Denver CO
College America-Fort Collins Fort Collins CO
College America-Phoenix Phoenix AZ
College of Mount Saint Vincent Bronx NY
College of San Mateo San Mateo CA
College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas NV
College of the Canyons Santa Clarita CA
College of the Desert Palm Desert CA
College of the Sequoias Visalia CA
Colorado State University-Pueblo Pueblo CO
Contra Costa College San Pablo CA
Crafton Hills College Yucaipa CA
Cuesta College San Luis Obispo CA
Cumberland County College Vineland NJ
CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College New York NY
CUNY Bronx Community College Bronx NY
CUNY City College New York NY
CUNY Hunter College New York NY
CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice New York NY
CUNY LaGuardia Community College Long Island City NY
CUNY Lehman College Bronx NY
CUNY New York City College of Technology Brooklyn NY
CUNY Queens College Flushing NY
Cuyamaca College El Cajon CA
Cypress College Cypress CA
Del Mar College Corpus Christi TX
Dewey University Hato Rey PR
Dewey University Carolina PR
Dewey University Bayamon PR
Dewey University Fajardo PR
Dewey University Juana Diaz PR
Dewey University Manati PR
Dewey University Arroyo PR
Dewey University Hatillo PR
Dodge City Community College Dodge City KS
Dominican College of Blauvelt Orangeburg NY
Dominican University River Forest IL
Donnelly College Kansas City KS
East Los Angeles College Monterey Park CA
Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus Portales NM
Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Roswell NM
Eastfield College Mesquite TX
Edison State College Fort Myers FL
EDP University of Puerto Rico Inc.-San Juan San Juan PR
EDP University of Puerto Rico Inc.-San Sebastian San Sebastian PR
El Camino Community College District Torrance CA
El Centro College Dallas TX
El Paso Community College El Paso TX
Elgin Community College Elgin IL
Escuela de Artes Plasticas de Puerto Rico San Juan PR
Essex County College Newark NJ
Estrella Mountain Community College Avondale AZ
Evergreen Valley College San Jose CA
Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus Teaneck NJ
Felician College Lodi NJ
Florida International University Miami FL
Fresno City College Fresno CA
Fresno Pacific University Fresno CA
Fullerton College Fullerton CA
Galveston College Galveston TX
GateWay Community College Phoenix AZ
Gavilan College Gilroy CA
Glendale Community College Glendale CA
Golden West College Huntington Beach CA
Grossmont College El Cajon CA
Hallmark College San Antonio TX
Hartnell College Salinas CA
Heritage University Toppenish WA
Hillsborough Community College Tampa FL
Hillsborough Community College Tampa FL
Hillsborough Community College Ruskin FL
Hodges University Naples FL
Holy Names University Oakland CA
Housatonic Community College Bridgeport CT
Houston Baptist University Houston TX
Houston Community College Houston TX
Howard College Big Spring TX
Hudson County Community College Jersey City NJ
Humacao Community College Humacao PR
Humboldt State University Arcata CA
Humphreys College-Stockton and Modesto Campuses Stockton CA
Instituto Tecnologico de Puerto Rico-Recinto de Guayama Guayama PR
Instituto Tecnologico de Puerto Rico-Recinto de Manati Manati PR
Instituto Tecnologico de Puerto Rico-Recinto de Ponce Ponce PR
Instituto Tecnologico de Puerto Rico-Recinto de San Juan San Juan PR
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Aguadilla Aguadilla PR
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo Arecibo PR
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Barranquitas Barranquitas PR
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon Bayamon PR
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Fajardo Fajardo PR
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Guayama Guayama PR
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Metro San Juan PR
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Ponce Mercedita PR
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-San German San German PR
Irvine Valley College Irvine CA
Jacksonville College-Main Campus Jacksonville TX
John F Kennedy University Pleasant Hill CA
Kean University Union NJ
Keiser University-Ft. Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale FL
La Sierra University Riverside CA
Lake Tahoe Community College South Lake Tahoe CA
Laredo Community College Laredo TX
Lee College Baytown TX
Lone Star College-North Harris The Woodlands TX
Long Beach City College Long Beach CA
Los Angeles City College Los Angeles CA
Los Angeles Harbor College Wilmington CA
Los Angeles Mission College Sylmar CA
Los Angeles Pierce College Woodland Hills CA
Los Angeles Trade Technical College Los Angeles CA
Los Angeles Valley College Valley Glen CA
Los Medanos College Pittsburg CA
Marymount California University Rancho Palos Verdes CA
McLennan Community College Waco TX
Mendocino College Ukiah CA
Merced College Merced CA
Mercy College Dobbs Ferry NY
Merritt College Oakland CA
Miami Dade College Miami FL
Miami Dade College Miami FL
Miami Dade College Miami FL
Miami Dade College Miami FL
Miami Dade College Miami FL
Miami Dade College Homestead FL
Miami Dade College Miami FL
Miami Dade College Hialeah FL
Middlesex County College Edison NJ
MiraCosta College Oceanside CA
Modesto Junior College Modesto CA
Monterey Peninsula College Monterey CA
Moreno Valley College Moreno Valley CA
Morton College Cicero IL
Mount St Mary’s College Los Angeles CA
Mountain View College Dallas TX
Mt. San Antonio College Walnut CA
Mt. San Jacinto Community College District San Jacinto CA
Napa Valley College Napa CA
National Louis University Chicago IL
National University La Jolla CA
New Jersey City University Jersey City NJ
New Mexico Highlands University Las Vegas NM
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Socorro NM
New Mexico State University-Alamogordo Alamogordo NM
New Mexico State University-Carlsbad Carlsbad NM
New Mexico State University-Dona Ana Las Cruces NM
New Mexico State University-Grants Grants NM
New Mexico State University-Main Campus Las Cruces NM
Norco College Norco CA
North Lake College Irving TX
Northeast Texas Community College Mount Pleasant TX
Northeastern Illinois University Chicago IL
Northern Essex Community College Haverhill MA
Northern New Mexico College Espanola NM
Northwest Vista College San Antonio TX
Northwood University-Texas Cedar Hill TX
Norwalk Community College Norwalk CT
Notre Dame de Namur University Belmont CA
Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale FL
Nyack College Nyack NY
Orange Coast College Costa Mesa CA
Orange County Community College Middletown NY
Otero Junior College La Junta CO
Our Lady of the Lake University San Antonio TX
Oxnard College Oxnard CA
Pacific Oaks College Pasadena CA
Pacific Union College Angwin CA
Palm Beach State College Lake Worth FL
Palo Alto College San Antonio TX
Palo Alto University Palo Alto CA
Palomar College San Marcos CA
Pasadena City College Pasadena CA
Passaic County Community College Paterson NJ
Phoenix College Phoenix AZ
Pillar College Newark NJ
Pima Community College Tucson AZ
Pima County Community College Tucson AZ
Pima County Community College Tucson AZ
Pima County Community College Tucson AZ
Pima County Community College Tuscon AZ
Pima County Community College Tucson AZ
Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico-Miami Miami FL
Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico-Orlando Orlando FL
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo Arecibo PR
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Mayaguez PR
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce Ponce PR
Porterville College Porterville CA
Professional Business College New York NY
Pueblo Community College Pueblo CO
Reading Area Community College Reading PA
Reedley College Reedley CA
Remington College-Dallas Campus Garland TX
Remington College-North Houston Campus Houston TX
Remington College-Tampa Campus Tampa FL
Rio Hondo College Whittier CA
Riverside City College Riverside CA
Robert Morris University Illinois Chicago IL
SABER College Miami FL
Sacramento City College Sacramento CA
Saint Augustine College Chicago IL
Saint Edward’s University Austin TX
Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga CA
Saint Peter’s University Jersey City NJ
Saint Xavier University Chicago IL
San Antonio College San Antonio TX
San Antonio College San Antonio TX
San Bernardino Valley College San Bernardino CA
San Diego City College San Diego CA
San Diego Mesa College San Diego CA
San Diego State University San Diego CA
San Francisco State University San Francisco CA
San Jacinto Community College Pasadena TX
San Joaquin Delta College Stockton CA
San Jose State University San Jose CA
San Juan Bautista School of Medicine Caguas PR
Santa Ana College Santa Ana CA
Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara CA
Santa Fe Community College Santa Fe NM
Santa Monica College Santa Monica CA
Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa CA
Santiago Canyon College Orange CA
Schreiner University Kerrville TX
Seward County Community College Liberal KS
Skyline College San Bruno CA
South Florida State College Avon Park FL
South Plains College Levelland TX
South Texas College McAllen TX
Southwest Texas Junior College Uvalde TX
Southwestern Adventist University Keene TX
Southwestern College Chula Vista CA
Springfield Technical Community College Springfield MA
St. Mary’s University San Antonio TX
St. Thomas University Miami Gardens FL
Stella and Charles Guttman Community College New York NY
Sul Ross State University Alpine TX
SUNY Westchester Community College Valhalla NY
Taft College Taft CA
Tarrant County College District Fort Worth TX
Texas A & M International University Laredo TX
Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi Corpus Christi TX
Texas A & M University-Kingsville Kingsville TX
Texas Lutheran University Seguin TX
Texas State University San Marcos TX
Texas Woman’s University Denton TX
The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington TX
The University of Texas at Brownsville Brownsville TX
The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso TX
The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio TX
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Odessa TX
The University of Texas-Pan American Edinburg TX
Trinidad State Junior College Trinidad CO
Trinity College of Puerto Rico Ponce PR
Trinity International University-Florida Davie FL
Triton College River Grove IL
Union County College Cranford NJ
Union Institute & University Cincinnati OH
Universal Technology College of Puerto Rico Aguadilla PR
Universidad Adventista de las Antillas Mayaguez PR
Universidad del Este Orlando FL
Universidad del Este Miramar FL
Universidad del Este Tampa FL
Universidad del Este Wheaton MD
Universidad Del Este Carolina PR
Universidad del Este Cabo Rojo PR
Universidad del Este Yauco PR
Universidad del Este Santa Isabel PR
Universidad del Este Barceloneta PR
Universidad del Sagrado Corazon Santurce PR
Universidad Del Turabo Orlando FL
Universidad Del Turabo Miramar FL
Universidad Del Turabo Tampa FL
Universidad Del Turabo Wheaton MD
Universidad Del Turabo Gurabo PR
Universidad Del Turabo Yabucoa PR
Universidad Del Turabo Cayey PR
Universidad Del Turabo Isabela PR
Universidad Del Turabo Ponce PR
Universidad Metropolitana Orlando FL
Universidad Metropolitana Miramar FL
Universidad Metropolitana Tampa FL
Universidad Metropolitana Cupey PR
Universidad Metropolitana Aguadilla PR
Universidad Metropolitana Jayuya PR
Universidad Metropolitana Bayamon PR
Universidad Politecnica de Puerto Rico Miami FL
Universidad Politecnica de Puerto Rico Orlando FL
Universidad Politecnica de Puerto Rico Hato Rey PR
University of Arizona South Sierra Vista AZ
University of California Merced Merced CA
University of California-Santa Barbara Santa Barbara CA
University of California-Riverside Riverside CA
University of California-Santa Cruz Santa Cruz CA
University of Houston Houston TX
University of Houston-Clear Lake Houston TX
University of Houston-Downtown Houston TX
University of Houston-Victoria Victoria TX
University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago IL
University of La Verne La Verne CA
University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Campus Los Alamos NM
University of New Mexico-Main Campus Albuquerque NM
University of New Mexico-Valencia County Campus Los Lunas NM
University of Puerto Rico-Aguadilla Ramey PR
University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo Arecibo PR
University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon Bayamon PR
University of Puerto Rico-Carolina Carolina PR
University of Puerto Rico-Cayey Cayey PR
University of Puerto Rico-Humacao Humacao PR
University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Mayaguez PR
University of Puerto Rico-Medical Sciences San Juan PR
University of Puerto Rico-Ponce Ponce PR
University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras San Juan PR
University of Puerto Rico-Utuado Utuado PR
University of St Thomas Houston TX
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio TX
University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio TX
University of the Southwest Hobbs NM
Urban College of Boston Boston MA
Valencia College Orlando FL
Valencia College Orlando FL
Valencia College Kissimmee FL
Valencia College Orlando FL
Vanguard University of Southern California Costa Mesa CA
Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology Flushing NY
Ventura College Ventura CA
Victoria College Victoria TX
Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove IL
Wenatchee Valley College Wenatchee WA
West Hills College-Coalinga Coalinga CA
West Hills College-Lemoore Lemoore CA
West Los Angeles College Culver City CA
Western New Mexico University Silver City NM
Western Texas College Snyder TX
Wharton County Junior College Wharton TX
Whittier College Whittier CA
Wilbur Wright College Chicago IL
William Paterson University of New Jersey Wayne NJ
Woodbury University Burbank CA
Woodland Community College Woodland CA
Yakima Valley Community College Yakima WA
Yuba College Marysville CA

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What Do High Schoolers Need to Know About HSIs?

 

As you consider HSIs in your college search, you should recognize that the designation as an HSI does more than just identify schools that serve a large population of Hispanic students. Colleges and universities recognized as HSIs garner increased funding to provide academic and social support for Hispanic students, and are committed to fostering a positive campus racial climate.

 

You might be wondering if there’s any evidence HSIs actually makes a difference. The answer is a resounding yes, at least as far as graduation outcomes go. A 2017 report from Higher Ed Today noted that 74.1% of full-time students at public four-year HSIs and 77.9% of full-time students at private HSIs graduate within six years, compared to the federal graduation rates of 42.7% and 49.1%, respectively.

 

The same article notes, however, that while graduation statistics are undeniably positive, the long-term outcomes of these students are unknown. There is currently no data to track the trajectory of these students upon graduation. Still, there is no doubt that HSIs are a strong model for the active enrollment, service to, and ultimate graduation of a diverse student body.

 

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Kate Sundquist
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Kate Koch-Sundquist is a graduate of Pomona College where she studied sociology, psychology, and writing before going on to receive an M.Ed. from Lesley University. After a few forays into living abroad and afloat (sometimes at the same time), she now makes her home north of Boston where she works as a content writer and, with her husband, raises two young sons who both inspire her and challenge her on a daily basis.