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 572 HSIs across the U.S., including 21 institutions in Arizona.
There are 21 HSIs classified as a R1 Institution, the UA being one of 21 universities that joined the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Research Universities which launched in 2022.