UA Recognized for Service to Hispanic Students

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The annual HSI designation, defined by the Higher Education Act, recognizes institutions of higher education with undergraduate student enrollment that is at least 25 percent Hispanic.

The University of Arizona is the first of Arizona’s three state universities to meet federal criteria as a Hispanic-Serving Institution.

The UA earned the designation from the U.S. Department of Education for its success in the enrollment of Hispanic students and in providing educational opportunities to them. The HSI designation opens new opportunities to boost supplemental grants and student support services, as well as additional benefits to the UA for research collaborations and partnerships.

The UA joins 105 four-year public institutions — including only a small number of Research I universities and members of the Association of American Universities — that meet the HSI designation criteria, according to the most recent data from the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.

“We have been working toward earning this eligibility because of the direct impact it will have on Hispanic students from Arizona and the region,” says UA President Robert C. Robbins. “This select designation ensures that we are creating an environment that promotes student success.”