UCSC recently got some good news, being top-ranked in BestColleges.com’s list of the Top 50 Colleges for Hispanic Students:
In 2012, 49% of Hispanic high school graduates enrolled at a postsecondary, public institution. This percentage surpassed that of white students for the first time, and Hispanic enrollment in colleges and universities, which has increased 240% since 1996, is expected to continue to grow. Many Hispanic students are the first in their families to attend college, so it is important for them to find a support system that will help them navigate degrees, financial aid, and their school and social obligations.
To make the transition from high school to college, many students may be looking for “Hispanic-friendly” schools. These are schools with a high concentration of Hispanic students already in attendance, or they have a cultural center that focuses on Latino/a, Chicano/a or Hispanic heritages.
Students may also look for a school that will protect their rights and ensure they receive the same quality education as non-Hispanic students. The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) is an organization that strives to protect the educational rights of Hispanic students. It was instrumental in increasing funding from Title V of the Higher Education Act for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). For the 2014 academic year, HACU convinced Congress to give $98 million to HSI undergraduate programs.
To create our rankings, we relied upon our normal methodology to find schools that rank well for academics. Our team then compared that list to the 242 HACU member schools in the U.S. to find the best schools for Hispanic, Latino/a and Chicano/a students. We included the percentage of Hispanic students currently enrolled at each college, along with in- and out-of-state tuitions to add more weight to our rankings. Each school on our list boasts a cultural center, degree programs, or scholarships dedicated to enhancing the experiences of Hispanic students.
- University of California-Santa Cruz – Santa Cruz, CA
Hispanic Students as Percent of Total Enrollees: 26%
Graduation Rate: 91%
Retention Rate: 74%
Admissions Rate: 60%
Tuition and Fees: $13,398 (in-state) and $36,276 (out-of-state)This public research university, located alongside the redwood forests and just under 10 miles from the coast [actually under 2½ miles from the campus entrance to the beach], offers 60 majors in 30 fields. Because of the network of UC campuses, students have a wealth of opportunities that extend beyond UC Santa Cruz. For Hispanic students, the Chicano Latino Resource Center, more commonly known as El Centro, offers a number of programs and resources to support and bolster the on-campus Hispanic community, including academic support, scholarships and financial guidance and social events geared towards unification and integration.
- San Diego State University – San Diego, CA
- University of California-Riverside – Riverside, CA
- Whittier College – Whittier, CA
- St. Edward’s University – Austin, TX
- California State Polytechnic University-Pomona – Pomona, CA
- University of La Verne – La Verne, CA
- University of Houston – Houston, TX
- Florida International University – Miami, FL
- California State University-Long Beach – Long Beach, CA
- University of California-Merced – Merced, CA
- University of St. Thomas – Houston, TX
- Woodbury University – Burbank, CA
- California State University-Fullerton – Fullerton, CA
- St. Mary’s University – San Antonio, TX
- University of New Mexico-Main Campus – Albuquerque, NM
- Texas State University – San Marcos, TX
- Fresno Pacific University – Fresno, CA
- California State University-Channel Islands – Camarillo, CA
- California State University-San Marcos – San Marcos, CA
- Cuny City College – New York, NY
- Mount St. Mary’s College – Los Angeles, CA
- California State University-Fresno – Fresno, CA
- Texas Lutheran University – Seguin, TX
- California State University-Stanislaus – Turlock, CA
- La Sierra University – Riverside, CA
- California State University-Monterey Bay – Seaside, CA
- New Mexico State University – Las Cruces, NM
- College of Mount Saint Vincent – Riverdale, NY
- California State University-Northridge – Northridge, CA
- California State University-San Bernardino – San Bernardino, CA
- Schreiner University – Kerrville, TX
- Cuny Lehman College – Bronx, NY
- Saint Peter’s University – Jersey City, NJ
- University of Texas-Pan American – Edinburg, TX
- University Of Texas-San Antonio – San Antonio, TX
- Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi – Corpus Christi, TX
- California State University-Bakersfield – Bakersfield, CA
- California State University-Los Angeles – Los Angeles, CA
- University of Texas at El Paso – El Paso, TX
- Texas A&M International University – Laredo, TX
- Eastern New Mexico University – Portales, NM
- St. Thomas University – Miami Gardens, FL
- Angelo State University – San Angelo, TX
- California State University-Dominguez Hills – Carson, CA
- Adams State University – Alamosa, CO
- Texas A&M University-Kingsville – Kingsville, TX
- The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio – San Antonio, TX
- Boricua College – New York, NY
- Our Lady of the Lake University – San Antonio, TX
I’ve not included the information for the colleges other than UCSC—you’ll have to click through to the original web page to get that information. I note that 23 of the 50 colleges are in California, and 17 of them are public universities. The next biggest group is 16 colleges from Texas. The “name” universities (UCB, UCLA, Stanford,…) don’t appear on the list, because too few of their students are Hispanic—they serve mainly white and Asian students. UCSC has been aggressively recruiting Hispanic students and has only recently gotten over the 25% enrollment threshold to become an official Hispanic-serving institution (officially given HSI status in 2013), but the figures here are a little old, as we were up to 30% Hispanic by Fall 2013, and are probably above 31% now (Fall 2014 figures aren’t available yet).
Correction 2014 Oct 15: UCSC is not officially an HCI by the US government definition—according to http://officeofresearch.ucsc.edu/broader-impacts/resources/diversity/index.html:
- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) designated UCSC as a HSI member in 2013 because UCSC has >25% Latino undergraduate enrollment). [Of UC campuses] Only UC Merced, UC Riverside, and UC Santa Cruz are members of HACU, as listed on the HACU website.
- UCSC is planning to submit a Title V Part A (Developing HSI) grant application in 2015. This is one of EVC Galloway’s “Five by 2015” priorities. We are now conducting an in-depth self-study in preparation for the application—the steering committee in charge of this self-study includes top administrators and senior faculty at UCSC as this is very much a UCSC priority. Once we receive a Title V Part A grant, we will be officially an HSI according to the Dept of Education.