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To be designated an HSI, 25% of an institution's student population must be Hispanic or Latino: Photo: @HACUNews.

Latest HACU report counts 572 Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) in the U.S.

The number of Latino students enrolled in university undergraduate programs has also increased.


Dish It Up 2023

May 24th, 2023


The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) recently released a report on the 2021-22 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) enrollment data, and found not only an increase in Hispanic-Serving Institutions — 572 now in the U.S. — but also an increase in the number of Hispanic students enrolled in undergraduate programs nationwide.

The analysis, which shows an increase in the number of Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and continued growth in the enrollment of Hispanic students in colleges and universities, highlighted a jump from 559 HSIs in 2020-21, to 572 in 2021-22.

Antonio R. Flores, HACU president and CEO, stated:

It is encouraging to see the enrollment at Hispanic-Serving Institutions return to numbers prior to the pandemic.

You should know: HSIs

Defined as those institutions that have 25% or more of Hispanic undergraduate students enrolled in full-time equivalent (FTE) programs, in 2021-22, HSIs enrolled 65.6% of all Hispanic undergraduate students and 30.5% of all college students in nonprofit postsecondary education.

The number of Emerging HSIs: Colleges approaching the 25% Hispanic student enrollment threshold, also grew to 400 in 2021-22, compared to 393 in 2020-21.

HSI milestones:

  • HSIs enroll 5 million students and two-thirds of all Hispanic undergraduates.
  • HSIs enroll 31.2% of Pell Grant recipients.
  • Of the top 10 colleges and universities ranked by the Social Mobility Index (SMI) in 2022, seven were HSIs.
  • A majority of HSIs are in urban areas and are concentrated geographically, with 80% (455) of these institutions located in six states and one territory: California (170), Florida (32), Illinois (31), New Mexico (24), New York (37), Texas (102) and Puerto Rico (59).
  • California and Texas account for nearly 50% of all HSIs.
  • HSIs and Emerging HSIs are present in all but eight states.

“HSIs and Hispanic students were not prepared for the pandemic and those circumstances were reflected in the decrease of the number in HSIs previously reported. HSIs are critical to developing a diverse competitive 21st century workforce. We hope Congress will address the underfunding of these vital institutions to ensure that funding is commensurate with the number of students they serve,” added Flores.

View the list of HSIs by clicking here.

You should know: HACU

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, founded in 1986, represents more than 500 colleges and universities in the United States, Latin America, Spain, and school districts in the U.S. HACU is the only national association that represents Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), existing and emerging.


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