Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) Research Landing Page

Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)


HSIs enroll 67% of Latino undergraduates but are only 18% of all institutions.

Excelencia in Education analysis using: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Integrated Postsecondary Education System (IPEDS): 2019-2020 Fall Institutional Characteristics and Enrollment Surveys

25 Years of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) 1994-2019

25 Years of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) 1995-2020 Releases

Learn more about 25 Years of HSIs - Excelencia's latest analysis being released over the next few months to inform and compel more discussions on HSIs and Latino student success.

The latest 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 over 25 years?
- How long does it take an Emerging HSI to become an HSI?
- How has federal policy on HSIs evolved over the last 25 years?
- Where are HSIs located now and over 25 years?

For the 16th year in a row, Excelencia in Education has conducted and released its annual analysis that provides insight on Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), Emerging HSIs, and HSIs with graduate programs.

Visit the 2019-2020 Hispanic-Serving Institutions series page
for the latest analysis.

HSIs 2019-2020

Emerging HSIs
Latino Undergraduate Students
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Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and the Changing Landscape

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Excelencia in Education shares the latest analysis on Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and the changing landscape, contextualizes HSIs and the eligibility definition of the Developing HSIs (Title V) program, distinguishes the opportunities for SERVING Hispanic students, and shares developing analysis and information on the CARES Act for HSIs.

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.



“Living up to the Designation: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)” –
Lumina Foundation podcast featuring Deborah Santiago, CEO, Excelencia in Education


Deborah Santiago, Excelencia in Education’s CEO and co-founder discusses the HSI designation, Excelencia’s focus on institutions SERVING Latino students, the distinction between equity and diversity, and future directions to increase Latino student success.

Deborah also talks about upon the creation of the Seal of Excelencia—a voluntary certification system for institutions using data, practice, and leadership—as one way to show intentionality in SERVING Latino students.


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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