Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) Research Landing Page

Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)


HSIs enroll 62% of Latino undergraduates but are only 19% of all colleges and universities.

Excelencia in Education analysis using U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 2021 Fall Enrollment and Institutional Characteristics Surveys

HSI Lists: 2021-22

Excelencia's HSI Lists: 2021-22

What is included in Excelencia’s new release and how can I learn more using this analysis?

Access Excelencia’s lists of the 2021-22 HSIs, eHSIs, and gHSIs
Learn more from Excelencia’s summary of HSIs, eHSIs, and gHSIs in the HSIs Fact Sheet.
Visualize fast facts with Excelencia’s 2021-22 HSIs Infographic.
Explore the 2021-22 data on HSIs in Excelencia’s new interactive dashboard.
Learn more about the evolution of HSIs through Excelencia’s GIS StoryMap.

Institutional Resilience in Puerto Rico: A First Look at Efforts by Puerto Rican HSIs


Excelencia in Education collaborated with five Puerto Rican HSIs to understand their institutional resilience efforts. Over the last five years, Puerto Rico and its colleges and universities have faced financial, natural, demographic, health, and leadership challenges. The intersection of all these challenges created a nexus for institutional resilience efforts. Learn more about how these five HSIs have adapted to compounding challenges in their current context.

Attaining Latino Student Success: HSIs Leading in Economic Mobility

Excelencia in Education and Third Way webinar about Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and the critical role they play in accelerating Latino student success.


Rebuilding Momentum: Addressing Drops in Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and Latino Student Enrollment

For the first time in 20 years, the numbers of HSIs has decreased. This decrease is due, in part, to declines in Latino student enrollment, institutional closings, and consolidation during the pandemic. This webinar will facilitate a discussion on the latest analysis on Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Latino students, and what institutions are doing to more intentionally serve Latino students in this current environment.


For 19 years, Excelencia in Education has conducted and released its annual analysis that provides insight on Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), Emerging HSIs (eHSIs), and HSIs with Graduate Programs (gHSIs).

Visit the 2021-2022 Hispanic-Serving Institutions series page
for the latest analysis.

HSIs 2021-2022

Emerging HSIs
Latino Undergraduate Students
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Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) 1994-2021

Excelencia Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)  Circle

Learn more about HSIs - Excelencia's latest analysis to inform and compel more discussions on HSIs and Latino student success.

The analysis answers:
- What data can researchers access to do their research on HSIs?
- What have we learned about HSIs from Excelencia?
- How can we get a quick snapshot of HSIs?
- How long does it take an Emerging HSI to become an HSI?
- How has federal policy on HSIs evolved?
- Where are HSIs located now and how has this evolved?

COVID-19 and Federal Funds for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)

HSIs and CARES Funding

Read about Excelencia in Education's ongoing analysis on how Latino students and the institutions they attend are funded by the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act. Excelencia's analysis found the formula used to allocate funds reinforces funding inequities for Hispanic students and the institutions that enroll them. See a breakdown of the funding appropriated to Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) in the CARES Act.

Where do Latinos go to college?

Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI)

The institutions serving students with the highest need are also some of the most under-resourced. We must acknowledge and support these institutions—community colleges, open access, and public institutions. Latinos are heavily concentrated at these institutions and ensuring Latino student success requires financial resources for wraparound services or increased financial aid. Policy should focus on increasing institutional capacity to improve access and completion of Latino students in higher education.


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