Best/Top-Rated Hispanic-Serving Colleges & Universities Schools/Colleges

Best/Top-Rated Hispanic-Serving Colleges & Universities

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This list includes Hispanic-Serving Institutions that offer a four-year undergraduate degree though schools exclusively granting two-year degrees can qualify for HSI status.  To be awarded recognition as an HSI by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), a school must be accredited, must not be for-profit, and at least 25% of their students must identify as Hispanic.  It is also required that they enroll a large number of low-income students.  

The list does not include schools located outside the Continental United States.

For more information on Hispanic-Serving Institutions, see the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities website.  

SCORING:  Data for scoring the schools comes from US News & World Report and College Prowler 

The factors considered in scoring: freshman retention, graduation rate, % of classes with fewer than 20 students, % of classes with more than 50 students, and % of alumni donations.

I’m not a professional statistician nor education expert, so this system is not perfect.  However, experts say these  metrics are strong indicators of student happiness, the happiness of graduates with their experience, the seriousness your student's classmates will take his or her education, and the school's dedication to providing personal attention to your student.

A sample score: Fauxville State University: Freshmen Retention: 75%, Graduation Rate: 50%, Classes 20 & under: 33%, Classes 50 & over: 24%, freshmen in the top 10% of their graduating class 20%, and alumni giving: 10%.  

Fauxville State’s score would be 75 + 50 + 33 – 24 + 20 + 10 = 164.

A perfect score would be 500.
  This list includes schools that scored above 170.  The list may not be complete.  Please feel free to leave a comment if you feel a school has been omitted in error. 

Although this list reports the top scoring schools, this is not necessarily an endorsement of a good match for a student.  Be sure to visit colleges and use resources such as the College Board, Cappex, Princeton Review, College Navigator, and College Prowler. 

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    University of California, Santa Cruz
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    Score 296,  public, a Top 100 National Research University
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    Score 255 (tied with Whittier), public, National Research University
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    Whittier College
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    Score 255, (tied with UC Riverside), private, independent,  National Liberal Arts College, Whittier, CA
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    St. Edward's University
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    Score 234, Catholic (Holy Cross tradition), Regional Masters University, Austin, TX
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    Score 234 (tied with St. Edward's), private, affiliated with the Church of the Brethren, National Research University (although a small school), La Verne, CA
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    University of St. Thomas (Texas)
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    Score 228, Catholic (Basilian tradition), Regional Masters' University, Houston, TX
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    Saint Mary's College of California
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    Score 223, Catholic (Lasallian tradition), Regional Masters' University, Moraga, CA, known for its Great Books program
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    St. Peter's University

    Score 220,  Catholic (Jesuit tradition), regional baccalaureate college, Jersey City, NJ  - (St. Peter's College until 2012)
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    Minimum Score 219 (data for % of students in the top 10% of their high school class unavailable), private, independent, Regional Masters University, Known for pre-professional programs (business, media/communications, architecture), Burbank, CA
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    Score 214, public, Regional Masters College, located in upper Manhattan, one of the member universities of the City University of New York system.  . 
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    Score 212, Evangelical Lutheran, Regional Masters University, Seguin, TX
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    Score 205, Public, Socorro, New Mexico, one of the top small public schools in the nation, and a top engineering and technical university
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    Score 201, Catholic, Regional Masters University, Riverdale, NY, known for pre-professional programs (Nursing, education) as well as offerings in business and liberal arts. 
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    Score 201, Seventh Day Adventist, Regional Masters University, Riverside, CA
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    Score 197, Catholic (Marianist tradition), Regional Masters University, San Antonio, TX
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    Score 183, public, National Research University
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    San Diego State University
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    Score 183, public, National Research University
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    University of New Mexico
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    Score 178, public, National Research University, Albuquerque, NM
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    Score 178 (tied with University of New Mexico), public, National Research University, Las Cruces, NM

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