Hispanic Serving Institution

A Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) is a federal designation by the U.S. Department of Education that acknowledges colleges and universities with 25% or more total undergraduate Hispanic full-time equivalent student enrollment.

Eligibility must be met annually. The annual submission of materials to the U.S. Department of Education is led by UA HSI Initiatives. 

No additional financial resources are provided to institutions as a result of the federal designation, rather, HSIs are eligible to competitively vie for federal and foundation grants aimed at supporting HSIs.

Currently, there are 569 HSIs across the U.S., including 22 institutions in Arizona.

There are 17 HSIs classified as a R1 Institution, with the the UA being one of four R1 HSIs affiliated with the Association of American Universities, engaging in the highest levels of research activity.

  • The UA is joined by the University of California-Irvine, University of California-Santa Barbara, and the University of California-Santa Cruz