March 13, 2019

HACU News 

Hispanic-Serving Institutions across the nation 
total 523

Data from 2017-18 academic year shows 31 new Institutions became HSIs

San Antonio, Texas - The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities has released an analysis of 2017-18 academic year which shows an increase in the number of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and continued growth in Hispanic student enrollment at colleges and universities.

HSIs have 25 percent or more of Hispanic student enrollment. In 2017-18, 15 percent of all institutions of higher education enrolled 66 percent of all Latino undergraduates.

Additionally, the number of Emerging HSIs, or colleges approaching the 25 percent Hispanic student enrollment threshold, showed a minor decline from the previous year, which was 333 compared to 328 in the latest data.

Some important facts about HSIs to note:

  • HSIs enroll nearly two-thirds of all Latino undergraduates.
  • When you put together the student population at all HSIs, 46 percent of students are Latino.
  • Since 2009, HSIs have increased on average 30 institutions per year.
  • 42 percent of HSIs were community colleges.
  • 68 percent of HSIs were public institutions.
  • A majority of HSIs are located in urban areas and are concentrated geographically, with 83 percent of these institutions located in six states and one territory including California, Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois, New Mexico and Puerto Rico.
  • HSIs and Emerging HSIs are present in all but 11 states, including those less known for their Latino population, such as Idaho, Kansas, and Georgia.
  • The student undergraduate population at HSIs are diverse and represent 66 percent Hispanic, 40 percent Asian American, 29 percent Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, 22 percent African American and 20 percent Native American.

View the list of HSIs and Emerging HSIs here. | Download a fact sheet here  

Download an HSI Map here

Celebrate Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week, September 16-22, 2019


About HACU
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities was established in 1986 with a founding membership of eighteen institutions. In 1992, HACU led the effort to convince Congress to formally recognize campuses with high Hispanic enrollment as federally designated HSIs and to begin targeting federal appropriations to those campuses. Today, HACU represents more than 500 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America, Spain, and also school districts throughout the U.S. HACU is the only national educational association that represents Hispanic-Serving Institutions. HACU’s headquarters are located in San Antonio, Texas, and regional offices are in Washington, D.C., and Sacramento, California.