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The Top​ Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) To Recruit Entry-Level Candidates

Include these HSIs in your list of core schools.

The Top​ Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) To Recruit Entry-Level Candidates

To fill talent pipelines with high-caliber entry-level and early-career candidates from diverse backgrounds, many companies have turned their focus to recruiting at HBCUs, Women’s Colleges, and HSIs. The latter of the three – Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) – are defined as non-profit institutions of higher learning that have a full-time undergraduate population that is at least 25% Hispanic. HSIs have been around since the 1980s, but in 1992, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities prompted Congress to formally recognize campuses with high Hispanic enrollment as Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and allocate federal appropriations to the campuses.


There are currently more than 500 HSIs in the United States made up of varying types of colleges including private and public institutions with two-year or four-year programs. With such a wide range of schools, HSIs offer a great education and essential support for students who may are typically underrepresented and may even be the first in their family to attend college. The result is thousands of bright, talented graduates who are ready to enter the workforce. If you want to include HSIs in your list of core schools and find talented entry-level and early-career candidates, we've compiled a list of some of the top HSIs (listed in alphabetical order) with advanced courses, inclusive resource centers, and diverse learning opportunities that support their Hispanic and Latinx communities.


California Lutheran University 

Location: Thousand Oaks, California

Size of undergraduate student body: 2,963

Percentage of Hispanic/Latinx students enrolled: 33.5%

School type: Private


The students at California Lutheran University represent 49 countries, participate in 100+ student clubs and organizations, and make up 30,000 alumni around the world. It’s ranked 15th by U.S. News for Regional Universities West and the most popular majors include business administration and management, psychology, speech communication and rhetoric, biology/biological sciences, and kinesiology and exercise science. California Lutheran University was also ranked 8th by US News for Best Colleges for Veterans.


California State University, Dominguez Hills

Location: Carson, CA

Size of undergraduate student body: 12,018

Percentage of Hispanic/Latinx students enrolled: 65.5%

School type: Public


California State University, Dominguez Hills is ranked 58th in Regional Universities West. The school has a strong Chicano and Chicana Studies Program to give students a better understanding of the political, economic, and cultural perspectives of the surrounding Mexican American community. Students at Cal State Dominguez Hill also organized the Adelante activist group to strengthen the Latinx voice on campus.


California State University, Fullerton

Location: Fullerton, CA

Size of undergraduate student body: 30,730

Percentage of Hispanic/Latinx students enrolled: 43.9%

School type: Public


California State University, Fullerton has 9 colleges and departments with a diverse list of undergraduate majors. The school has also created the Enhancing Postbaccalaureate Opportunities at CSUF for Hispanic Students (EPOCHS) program, which provides academic workshops, tutoring, bilingual newsletters, and student handbooks to help students get accustomed to college life.


California State University, Los Angeles

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Size of undergraduate student body: 22,150

Percentage of Hispanic/Latinx students enrolled: 67.9%

School type: Public


California State University, Los Angeles is ranked 26th in Regional Universities West and is known for its Chicano/a Resource Center and Department of Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies. With more than two-thirds the student population being Hispanic and Latinx, these programs are unique for the Mexican American students who are eager to learn more about their heritage in the city of Los Angeles, while being surrounded by other students of the same background. 


CUNY Hunter College 

Location: New York, NY

Size of undergraduate student body: 14,766

Percentage of Hispanic/Latinx students enrolled: 31.1%

School type: Public


CUNY Hunter College is ranked 17th in Regional Universities North and has a unique Department of Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies. The curriculum explores the history of African people in the Americas, the Caribbean, and Africa. And with the school being centered in a heavily-populated Afro-Latinx area, students receive coursework that may not be offered at many other HSIs.


CUNY Lehman College 

Location: Bronx, NY

Size of undergraduate student body: 9,749

Percentage of Hispanic/Latinx students enrolled: 58.9%

School type: Public


CUNY Lehman College is ranked 56th in Regional Universities North with more than half the student population being Hispanic and Latinx. The school has a wide array of cultural programs to support student diversity, including the Latino SEEK Program, Multilingual Journalism Program, and ENLACE Program to help boost student enrollment, engagement, and graduation rates.


CUNY Queens College

Location: Queens, New York

Size of undergraduate student body: 16,680

Percentage of Hispanic/Latinx students enrolled: 28.8%

School type: Public 


CUNY Queens College offers more than 170 programs in the arts and humanities, sciences, and social sciences. It also has more computer science majors than any other university in New York City and more than one-third of the college’s undergraduates major in the sciences. The college is located in Queens, one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the U.S., and hosts students from more than 150 nations. CUNY Queens College ranked 55th for Regional Universities North by U.S. News and Princeton Review included it in its first-ever guide to green colleges in 2017. 


Florida International University

Location: Miami, FL

Size of undergraduate student body: 36,345

Percentage of Hispanic/Latinx students enrolled: 66.2%

School type: Public


Florida International University will be on almost any list of top HSIs since it’s the top institution awarding bachelor’s degrees to Hispanic and Latinx students. The school is also ranked 187th in national universities and is a top 50 public research university. With more than 300 academic associations, cultural organizations, and honor and professional societies, the campus is just as diverse as its student population.


Harry S. Truman College - City Colleges of Chicago 

Location: Chicago, IL

Size of undergraduate student body: 3,947

Percentage of Hispanic/Latinx students enrolled: 39.8%

School type: Public, 2-year


The Harry S. Truman College has a number of programs that support students’ educational needs. The Transitional Bilingual Learning Community program was created to help immigrant students transition into college by teaching them English courses for two semesters. The 2019-20 class had a 100% semester to semester retention, and 83% of students in the program that received an AA/AS degree also graduated with honors.


San Diego State University 

Location: San Diego, California

Size of undergraduate student body: 30,165

Percentage of Hispanic/Latinx students enrolled: 30.7%

School type: Public


San Diego State University is well known for its public research, and students participate in rigorous undergraduate research, internships, mentoring, and entrepreneurship training programs. Its Engineering and Interdisciplinary Science Complex allows undergraduates, graduates, and faculty to turn discoveries into real-world applications. Ranked 127th by U.S. News for National Universities, SDSU welcomes all students and recently built a Black Resource Center and an Undocumented Resource Area to serve students, in addition to the already existing support centers such as the Pride Center, the Women’s Resource Center, the Commuter Resource Center, the Veterans Center, the International Student Center and the Student Ability Success Center. 


South Texas College

Location: McAllen, TX

Size of undergraduate student body: 19,367 

Percentage of Hispanic/Latinx students enrolled: 95.2%

School type: Public


South Texas College has one of the highest populations of Hispanic and Latinx students. One of the most unique offerings is the Dual Credit Pathways Departments, which gives high school students the opportunity to earn college credits and/or an Associate degree. And while being in a predominantly Hispanic and Latinx population, almost all of the students graduating from the program are Hispanic and Latinx.


St. Edward’s University 

Location: Austin, Texas

Size of undergraduate student body: 3,941

Percentage of Hispanic/Latinx students enrolled: 44.2%

School type: Private


Ranked 12th by U.S. News for Regional Universities West, St. Edward’s University has a robust exchange program with 24 partner universities throughout 17 countries. This allows students to have a longer study abroad time, gain opportunities in research overseas, and gives them a broader cultural experience. St. Edward’s University has a low 13-1 student-to-faculty ratio, and includes students from 45 states and territories, 62 countries, and that speak 38 languages on campus. Eighty-eight percent of students complete internships prior to graduation in the more than 50 areas of study that St. Edward’s University offers. 


St. Mary’s College of California 

Location: Moraga, California

Size of undergraduate student body: 2,658

Percentage of Hispanic/Latinx students enrolled: 27.6%

School type: Private


This private university is ranked 8th in Regional Universities West by U.S. News and its 1863 founding makes it one of the oldest colleges in the West. The majority of students major in business or commerce and CEO Magazine ranked it 16th globally for its MBA and Executive MBA programs. It’s also been named as a recruiting college for Google, similar to Google’s partnership with Howard University. St. Mary’s College of California offers majors in different fields such as arts and humanities, the sciences and social sciences, and education.


Texas A&M International University

Location: Laredo, TX

Size of undergraduate student body: 4,051

Percentage of Hispanic/Latinx students enrolled: 73.6%

School type: Public


Texas A&M International University is ranked 58th in Regional Universities West and has a Latino Freshman Student Success Program to assist incoming freshmen. The purpose is to provide students with mentorship opportunities, educational resources, and a family atmosphere to help students feel supported. 


University of California, Santa Barbara 

Location: Santa Barbara, California

Size of undergraduate student body: 21,574

Percentage of Hispanic/Latinx students enrolled: 26.2%

School type: Public


Ranked 30th by U.S. News and World Report's 2019 report for National Universities, University of California, Santa Barbara offers more than 200 majors, degrees, and credentials. UC Santa Barbara is known for being a research-intensive institution and six Nobel Prize winners for research in chemistry, physics, and economics serve as faculty there. Additionally, 90+ companies have been established based on technology developed or discovered there. The most popular majors include social sciences, biological and biomedical sciences, multi/interdisciplinary studies, psychology, and journalism.


University of California, Riverside

Location: Riverside, California

Size of undergraduate student body: 20,069

Percentage of Hispanic/Latinx students enrolled: 41.1%

School type: Public


The University of California, Riverside offers an HSI-STEM Pathways Program that provides support and opportunities to Hispanic or low-income students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or math fields. Upperclassmen who meet the criteria and are in good academic standing can apply for research stipends paying up to $1,200 each quarter and have the opportunity to participate in hands-on research projects. It’s ranked 85th by U.S. News and is known for having a long record of closing achievement gaps across income levels and ethnicities. It is also internationally renowned for supporting citrus growth, insect studies, and science fiction collectives. 


University of California, Santa Cruz 

Location: Santa Cruz, California

Size of undergraduate student body: 17,577

Percentage of Hispanic/Latinx students enrolled: 27.6%

School type: Public


The University of California, Santa Cruz is ranked first nationwide by BestColleges.com for the degree programs, scholarships, and other support provided to Hispanic students. Its Health Sciences program places student interns in local agencies and offices, helping to fulfill a community in need. It’s also rated 70th for National Universities by U.S. News and was designated first in the nation by the National Research Council for the publication impact of its computer engineering Ph.D. program. UC Santa Cruz is committed to sustainability and environmental protection. It supports local farmers through collaborative research and a curriculum in sustainable agricultural practices and works to preserve ocean health, establishing and monitoring California’s Marine Protected Areas


University of Houston

Location: Houston, TX

Size of undergraduate student body: 32,193

Percentage of Hispanic/Latinx students enrolled: 34.2%

School type: Public


The University of Houston is ranked top 100 in most academic programs, including Business, Social Work, Pharmacy, and more. And since the campus is located in one of the most diverse cities in the U.S., the school has created a Center for Latino Studies and a Latinx Lounge for students to engage with other scholars and strengthen their language skills. 


University of Illinois at Chicago 

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Size of undergraduate student body: 19,448

Percentage of Hispanic/Latinx students enrolled: 33.6%

School type: Public


University of Illinois at Chicago is known for promoting diverse leadership. In 2014, it received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine. UIC was also named one of the nation’s best 25 campuses for LGBT students by Campus Pride. UIC is an acclaimed research institution and is ranked 129th by U.S. News for National Universities. It is the largest university in Chicago, offering 86 bachelors programs and the opportunity to pair up with faculty mentors and create a research project in a variety of academic areas.


Whittier College 

Location: Whittier, California

Size of undergraduate student body: 1,681

Percentage of Hispanic/Latinx students enrolled: 50.9%

School type: Private


Whittier College is nationally recognized for its Whittier Scholars Program, which allows selected students to design their own major, minor, or course of study around a traditional major in collaboration with faculty advisors and peers. The college’s small class sizes allow students to immerse themselves in extensive undergraduate research opportunities primarily in the natural and physical sciences, but also the social sciences, humanities, and the arts. Whittier College is ranked 108th by U.S. News for National Liberal Arts Colleges and most students major in social sciences, business, management, marketing and related support services, parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies, psychology, and biological and biomedical sciences. 



The list of HSIs in the U.S. will grow exponentially over the next decade, which means the schools on this list are laying down the framework for future programs. Their academic courses, on-campus cultural organizations, and commitment to creating an inclusive atmosphere will appeal to more Hispanic and Latinx students as time goes on – get acquainted with these top-rankings HSIs and be sure to incorporate them into your university recruitment strategy now.


Want more tips for recruiting at Hispanic-Serving Institutions? Download our guide here.

Download our guide “Beyond The Ivy League” for more information on expanding your recruitment reach and finding students at the top public schools, HBCUs, and HSIs.


This article was written by Shweta Karikehalli and Gabriela Julia.


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