Over 1,000 Colleges and Universities are Hispanic-Serving Institutions or on the Cusp of Becoming HSIs

March 20, 2024

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HSls Represent 20% of Colleges Yet Enroll Over 60% of All Latino Undergraduates

Washington, D.C. (March 20, 2024) Excelencia in Education has calculated lists of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) for more than 20 years because these institutions disproportionately enroll and graduate Latino students — one of the fastest growing populations in the country. Today, Excelencia announces the release of new lists and a factbook of HSls, which show 600 colleges and universities met the enrollment definition of an HSI and 412 more came close to doing so (Emerging HSIs). Combined, over 1,000 institutions are HSIs or on the cusp of becoming HSIs.

The number of HSIs increased in 2022-23. HSls are defined in federal legislation as having 25% or more undergraduate Hispanic student full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment. Given this definition, the number of HSIs changes every year.

“Sharing an annual list of HSIs broadly informs the field of where Hispanics are enrolling,” said Deborah Santiago, co-founder and CEO of Excelencia. “Excelencia takes this a step further by recognizing institutions that strive to go beyond enrollment to intentionally serve Hispanic students through the Seal of Excelencia.”

This year, Excelencia in Education marks 20 years of service to our mission — accelerating Latino student success in higher education. We believe institutions must transform to address structural limits and become learning environments where Latino, and all, students thrive. To focus on this, Excelencia established the Seal of Excelencia, a national certification for colleges and universities that more intentionally SERVE Latino students. Among 600 HSIs, only 37 have earned the Seal of Excelencia.

Key findings from Excelencia’s HSI analysis include:

  • HSls represent 20% of colleges yet enroll over 60% of all Latino undergraduates.
  • Combined, HSIs enrolled 1.4 million Latino FTE undergraduate students.
  • Almost half (46%) of students at HSIs are Latino.
  • Almost 70% of HSls are public and 60% are four-year institutions.
  • HSls have widening reach — they are located in 28 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
  • Just over 40% of the nation’s HSIs (252) offered graduate programs (gHSIs).

Beyond HSIs, the number of Emerging HSls (eHSls) — a categorization developed by Excelencia to track colleges approaching the 25% Latino student enrollment threshold — also grew from 401 to 412. eHSIs represented another 13% of all institutions and enrolled 15% of Latino students.

Excelencia is the expert source of information conducting analysis of HSIs and has released annual lists of HSIs, eHSIs, and gHSIs since its founding to provide federal agencies, researchers, funders, and others an up-to-date, credible list of institutions that meet the enrollment criteria for HSIs.

Access the 2022-23 HSI, eHSI, and gHSI lists: EdExcelencia.org/research/series/hsi-2022-23



About Excelencia in Education
In 2024, Excelencia in Education marks 20 years of service to accelerate Latino student success in higher education by promoting Latino student achievement, conducting analysis to inform educational policies, advancing institutional practices, and collaborating with those committed and ready to meet the mission. Launched in 2004 in the nation’s capital, Excelencia has established a network of results-oriented educators and policymakers to address the U.S. economy’s needs for a highly educated workforce and engaged civic leaders. . For more information, visit: EdExcelencia.org    

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