In 2012, 49% of Hispanic high school graduates enrolled at a postsecondary, public institution. This percentage surpassed that of white students for the first time, and Hispanic enrollment in colleges and universities, which has increased 240% since 1996, is expected to continue to grow. Many Hispanic students are the first in their families to attend college, so it is important for them to find a support system that will help them navigate degrees, financial aid and their school and social obligations.

To make the transition from high school to college, many students may be looking for "Hispanic friendly" schools. These are schools with a high concentration of Hispanic students already in attendance, or they have a cultural center that focuses on Latino/a, Chicano/a or Hispanic heritages.

Students may also look for a school that will protect their rights and ensure they receive the same quality education as non-Hispanic students. The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) is an organization that strives to protect the educational rights of Hispanic students. It was instrumental in increasing funding from Title V of the Higher Education Act for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). For the 2014 academic year, HACU convinced Congress to give $98 million to HSI undergraduate programs.

To create our rankings, we relied upon our normal methodology to find schools that rank well for academics. Our team then compared that list to the 270 HACU member schools in the U.S. to find the best schools for Hispanic, Latino/a and Chicano/a students. We included the percentage of Hispanic students currently enrolled at each college, along with in- and out-of-state tuitions to add more weight to our rankings. Each school on our list boasts a cultural center, degree programs or scholarships dedicated to enhancing the experiences of Hispanic students.

What Are The Best Colleges for Hispanic Students?

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University of California - Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA Cost: $$$$$

This public research university, located alongside the redwood forests and just under 10 miles from the coast, offers 60 majors in 30 fields. Because of the network of UC campuses, students have a wealth of opportunities that extend beyond UC Santa Cruz. For Hispanic students, the Chicano Latino Resource Center, more commonly known as El Centro, offers a number of programs and resources to support and bolster the on-campus Hispanic community, including academic support, scholarships and financial guidance and social events geared towards unification and integration.


San Diego State University

San Diego, CA Cost: $$$$$

San Diego State University, one of the oldest universities in CA, is known for its highly active research, particularly in engineering and bio-science, as well as its affordability. With tuition well below the national average and high post-grad employment rates, SDSU has been ranked as a best-value school by Kiplinger's Personal Finance list. The university was also rated as No. 11 in the nation and No. 4 in California for the highest number of degrees awarded to Hispanics by the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education publication. Additionally, San Diego State features a Chicano and Chicana Studies department, through which a variety of degrees concerning culture, history and contemporary issues of the Hispanic community are offered.


University of California - Riverside

Riverside, CA Cost: $$$$$

Located inland at the base of Box Springs Mountain, the campus of University of California Riverside was formerly the UC Citrus Experiment Station, and much of this agricultural legacy is still present. However, with over 100 undergraduate degrees, as well as 52 master's and 42 Ph.D. programs, UCR has something for everyone. It is considered a high-diversity college by U.S. News & World Report. The university's many programs include academic clubs, scholarship programs and social groups for the Chicano and Latino communities, which make up the largest minority group on campus.


Whittier College

Whittier, CA Cost: $$$$$

Whittier College, a private, secular institution, offers a small-campus experience with alternative learning modes. Along with a variety of preset degree programs, students may choose to design their own course of study with guidance from faculty. Overseas travel is also encouraged, and many students use the month-long January interim to take courses abroad. The Ortiz Program is designed specifically for first generation Chicano/a and Latino/a students who need extra guidance. Students looking to engage in Hispanic cultural and social events can join Movimiento Esudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlan, or find additional programs and support through Whittier's Cultural Center.


St. Edward's University

Austin, TX Cost: $$$$$

Although Catholic-affiliated, the Texas based private university encourages students of all beliefs and backgrounds to attend, and its many multi-faith groups and clubs supports this stance. The school is deeply diverse, with students from over 50 countries, and offers a variety of programs to match their needs, including those specific to the Hispanic community. In 2013, Saint Edward's was recognized by the U.S. Chronicle of Higher Education for having the highest graduation rate for a Hispanic-serving university. It also received accolades from the New York Times concerning its College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), which is designed to academically and financially support college attendees from migrant worker families.


Cal Poly - Pomona

Pomona, CA Cost: $$$$$

Commonly known as Cal Poly, the technical institute is second largest of its kind in the nation, with over 100 different major fields of study. It is also a member of the National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, an honor awarded to colleges by the Department of Homeland Security. For the Hispanic student body, Cal Poly is home to the largest and first nationally recognized Latino Fraternity, Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc., or Lambdas. In addition to a Latina Sorority, the university has a selection of clubs for Latinos and Latinas, including La Familia, a group for LGBTQ-identifying Hispanic students.


University of La Verne

La Verne, CA Cost: $$$$$

The private, not-for-profit university is known for its programs in education and teaching professions; the relatively small institution also boasts an accredited law school. Although now secular, its roots in the service-oriented Church of the Brethren may be the influence behind its emphasis on humanitarian work and community service; both are required for all undergraduate students. Although tuition is not cheap, up to 98% of students, according to Forbes, receive some form of financial aid. The school, which claims a 48% Hispanic population, features a Latino/a student forum and also provides graduating seniors with the option to attend a Latino/a graduation in addition to the school-wide ceremony.


University of Houston

Houston, TX Cost: $$$$$

University of Houston, the third largest school in the state of Texas, offers 300 plus degree programs through 13 academic colleges; the most unique of those programs is its space architecture graduate degree, one of only a few offered nationwide. It also holds the second-most diverse student body in the country, with attendees from over 137 countries around the globe; Hispanic students are the largest graduating minority. The Council of Ethnic Organizations brings this and all other ethnic groups together for school-wide monthly and weekly events highlighting and celebrating various cultures. The Hispanic-identifying student body is served by a handful of academic and social clubs exclusively for Latinos/as.


Florida International University

Miami, FL Cost: $$$$$

This public research institution started in 1965 with a single building on an airstrip in Southern Florida. It has since grown to be the 7th largest university in the nation, with attendance averaging at 50,000 students annually. It is the youngest university to receive a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, and it is considered a first-tier research facility by the Florida Legislature. Additionally, it boasts one of the nation's highest Hispanic populations, with 66% of the student body identify as Latino/a. For students, degree-specific clubs, such as the Latino Medical Student Association, are found in most major departments.


California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, CA Cost: $$$$$

California State University-Long Beach is a best-value rated public research institution known for its expansive physics department. The American Physical Society named several of the school's graduate degrees as "Minority Bridge Programs"; it also features the largest publicly funded art school on the west coast. Additionally, the school's academic offerings include a Chicano/Latino/a department with studies in Hispanic history, culture and diversity, including an extensive Latino/a community health sector, which focuses on improving healthcare access and education to Long Beach's Hispanic population.


University of California - Merced

Merced, CA Cost: $$$$$

Established in 2005, making it the first research university of the 21st Century, the young and fast-growing UC Merced contains three schools: engineering, natural sciences and social sciences, with plans to add management and medicine. The innovative campus has garnered attention for its low carbon footprint, and it hopes to use zero net energy by 2020. For Hispanic students, the university features a Latino/a-exclusive fraternity and sorority, multiple academic clubs and a Latin dance group.


University of St. Thomas

Houston, TX Cost: $$$$$

The University of St. Thomas offers a private, Roman Catholic education to undergrads and postgrads and is the only HSI of its kind in the Houston area. With a student body of just under 4,000, UST has a small campus feel with a broad range of studies; attendees may choose from over 50 academic fields, including Latin American and Latino studies. The school also features a seminary with an optional ordination track. Although all enrolled students are automatically considered for school-appointed scholarships, Latino/a students have access to additional aid, master's students included.


Woodbury University

Burbank, CA Cost: $$$$$

This small Southern California university, originally a business college, offers multiple fields of study through four schools: business, architecture, design and transdisciplinary studies. This year, it was awarded accreditation from AACSB, making it one of only four schools in the U.S. to earn the honor in 2014. In addition to student organizations for Latino/as, the university offers special scholarships and financial aid opportunities to Hispanic students.


California State University - Fullerton

Fullerton, CA Cost: $$$$$

With the largest student body in the state's university system, Cal State Fullerton is a comprehensive institution offering over 100 degree programs for undergraduate and postgraduate students. It also features three doctoral degrees in nursing and medicine. The highly diverse campus was ranked as the No.1 Hispanic-serving college in California for 2012 by the National Center for Education Statistics; this standing is reflected in the myriad financial aid options offered to Latino/a students, such as the HACU scholarship.


St. Mary's University

San Antonio, TX Cost: $$$$$

St. Mary's University, a private Marianist institution, is the oldest Catholic university in Texas. The school of nearly 4,000 students features a 12:1 student-to-teacher ratio; over 90% of teachers hold a Ph.D., so attendees can be sure of an attentive and quality learning experience. For Latino/a students pursuing a degree in law, St. Mary's School of Law is connected with the Hispanic National Bar Association, and offers an on-campus Hispanic Student Law Association for support of J.D. hopefuls.


University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM Cost: $$$$$

As the state's flagship institution, University of New Mexico offers 87 undergraduate, 72 graduate and 38 doctoral degrees to a student body of nearly 30,000. It also serves an additional 12,000 students who are remote or evening/weekend learners, an ideal option for busy or fully employed students. UNM is also considered a high-activity research facility by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The school features several Latino/a-serving sororities and fraternities, as well as professional and academic organizations, such as the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting.


Texas State University

San Marcos, TX Cost: $$$$$

Texas State University is the largest college in the Texas university system, serving 34,000 students on its 500-acre campus, and it is home to the world's largest forensic anthropology research center, sometimes called the 'body farm.' The school also has the added Research Commercialization Center, which serves the technology needs of up-and-coming businesses in the San Marcos area. Texas State is the host of the Hispanic Policy Network of San Marcos, which serves the Latino/a college community in educational advocacy, networking and scholarship assistance.


Fresno Pacific University

Fresno, CA Cost: $$$$$

This small Christian university holds the highest graduation rate in the central California area; 51% of all undergraduates earn a degree within four years. Financially speaking, the school is well supported; 99% of students receive some form of financial aid. In addition to on-campus social and spiritual clubs for Latino/as, the school hosts an annual Hispanic Summer Program, a 12 day academic intensive for Hispanic postgrads and seminary students, taught exclusively by Hispanic professors from around the country.


California State University - Channel Islands

Camarillo, CA Cost: $$$$$

California State Channel Islands, or CI, is one of the newest additions to the California State University system, and it offers primarily bachelor's degrees, although a limited selection of master's programs are available. The 30-plus degree programs offered are well spread over a variety of subjects, including a Chicano/a studies department. The school also has a large multicultural center that holds frequent Hispanic cultural events and forums, such as the Latino/a Heritage Festival.


California State University - San Marcos

San Marcos, CA Cost: $$$$$

As the 20th addition to the Cal State University system, this school has progressed to a student body of over 10,000 and offers 72 different fields of study. Built from the ground up in 2004 on what was formerly a chicken farm, the institution features a technologically advanced campus and notably large library. Known as an active research school, it is the host of the National Latino Research Center, an organization that seeks to promote an understanding of the American Latino/a population through applied research and information exchange.


CUNY City College

New York, NY Cost: $$$$$

City College is the oldest in the City University's network of 23 schools; built in 1847 in the neo-gothic style, most of its buildings are preserved landmarks. Although the college is considered prestigious by many, and counts 11 alumni as Nobel Prize winners, it is highly affordable; The Princeton Review ranked it as one of the best value schools in 2014. For Hispanic students, the school offers multiple fields of study around Latino/a culture and community, in addition to HSI fellowships and scholarship programs in various academic sectors.


Mount St. Mary's College

Los Angeles, CA Cost: $$$$$

Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, this nearly all-women institution serves a large population of first-generation college attendees. The Catholic school has a student body of high diversity, with over 50% of the students of Hispanic descent. For the Latina community, a number of Hispanic-specific degrees are available, such as the Hispanic Pastoral Ministry program. Also of note is the college's dedication to community service. Mount Saint Mary's is affiliated with the Women in Public Service Project, and over 60% of its student body participates in some type of social or community service work.


California State University - Fresno

Fresno, CA Cost: $$$$$

This large research university, part of the Cal State system, was founded in 1911 as Fresno State Normal School, and it has since grown to hold 60 undergraduate and 45 graduate degree programs, as well as three doctoral fields of study. The school is also home to the first fully licensed university winery, where students and staff produce award-winning wines. Latino/a students have access to a variety of Hispanic culture and literature majors and minors, as well as an annual Latino Commencement Celebration, an option for graduation open to all students of Hispanic descent.


Texas Lutheran University

Seguin, TX Cost: $$$$$

In the early 1900s, Texas Lutheran University was a one-room institution with fewer than 100 students in the middle of a cotton field. It is now the No. 3 rated school by U.S. News and World Report's regional university rankings. Although TLU is a modest sized-university with just under 1,500 students, 70 degree programs are offered. A number of aid and scholarships are available, meaning nearly every student receives financial support. Special scholarships are reserved for Hispanic students, such as the Elisa Marie Suarez Endowed Scholarship.


California State University - Stanislaus

Turlock, CA Cost: $$$$$

Formerly Stanislaus State College, California State University-Stanislaus began classes in the fall of 1960 on the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds. Today, it serves students in the Turlock area of CA, with over 130 fields of undergraduate study. It is well known for its business administration program and is the only California State University to offer bachelor's degrees in cognitive studies. Hispanic students pursuing a master's degree or higher at Cal State Stanislaus have an additional benefit beyond their undergraduate counterparts; the U.S. Department of education recently awarded the university a $230,000 grant for financially supporting Latino/a students in postgraduate programs.


La Sierra University

Riverside, CA Cost: $$$$$

La Sierra University is a private, Seventh-Day Adventist University in the suburban Riverside area; the small college serves around 2,000 students annually but manages to offer over 120 degree programs, including master and doctoral fields of study. The school is also an active participant in Students in Free Enterprise, an international nonprofit that promotes socially responsible business practices, and has won first place for the U.S. in SIFE's annual world cup. Of note for Hispanic students, the school features a Latino Student Association and holds an annual Latino/a Alumni Homecoming celebration.


California State University - Monterey Bay

Seaside, CA Cost: $$$$$

Built on the site of the former U.S. Army base Fort Ord, California State University-Monterey Bay focuses on "outcomes based" education, meaning all undergraduates must complete a research project and portfolio as a graduation requirement. The university is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, which gives Latino/a students the opportunity to apply for a range of exclusive scholarships. Additionally, the on-campus library features an extensive collection of Latino/a literature.


New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, NM Cost: $$$$$

New Mexico State University was originally founded as an agricultural college in 1888; it has since grown to be the second-largest university in the New Mexico. It is also the land-grant, public research university closest to the Mexico border, reflected in the extensive Latino/Chicano/a programs available. Through the Chicano Programs department, attendees can receive advising, financial aid guidance, access to a computer lab and lounge and specialized services for first-generation students.


College of Mount Saint Vincent

Bronx, NY Cost: $$$$$

The urban campus of Mount Saint Vincent was originally a women's college founded by the Sisters of Charity of New York and is now a co-ed Catholic liberal arts institution serving 1,800 students annually. Known for its small class sizes, students can receive a moral-based education in a historic, intimate campus setting. Additionally, per a UCLA study, the university is No. 1 in graduation rates for Hispanic students in science and science-related fields. The school also has several Latino/a-focused clubs, such as La Casa Latina, a Hispanic-culture group.


California State University - Northridge

Northridge, CA Cost: $$$$$

Previously a satellite campus of Cal State Los Angeles, California State University-Northridge became its own campus in 1958. It is the only campus in the nation to have a grid-connected fuel cell plant, and it was, in 1959, the first school to own a computer. It is also known for the high number of degrees awarded to undergraduate minority students, ranking No. 10 in the U.S. for this distinction. The school's Educating Hispanic Students Project is a grant-funded program supporting the education of Latino/a students who wish to become teachers, specifically in Hispanic classrooms.


California State University - San Bernardino

San Bernardino, CA Cost: $$$$$

California State University-San Bernardino obtained university status in 1984 and has grown to nearly 19,000 students since. 2014 marked its 10th year as one of the best colleges in the western region, as rated by the Princeton Review; it is also known for its diverse selection of degree programs. The school, with a student body that is more than half Hispanic, is a member of both HACU and the National Latino Education Network, two organizations providing advocacy and support to Latino/a students and teachers.


Schreiner University

Kerrville, TX Cost: $$$$$

The private, Presbyterian-rooted Schreiner University began as a military academy for boys. Although it is now coeducational and no longer offers military training, a service academy preparatory school is still in operation on campus. With a student body of just over 1,000, and a teacher to student ratio of 13:1, attendees can expect an intimate educational environment with plentiful access to instructors. The school was recently awarded the Title V grant, an aid package for newly-designated Hispanic Serving Institutions. Money from the grant can be used for retention programs, financial aid, academic support and faculty development to improve the Latino/a learning environment on campus.


CUNY Lehman College

Bronx, NY Cost: $$$$$

Originally the Bronx Campus of Hunter College, City University New York Lehman College became an independent institution in 1967. The highly diverse campus is home to the Urban Male Leadership Program, intended to increase and retain the number of black and Hispanic men in higher education. Additionally, Lehman College was a founding member of the Hispanic Educational Technology System, a program designed to bridge language gaps and promote higher education in the Hispanic community.


Saint Peter's University

Jersey City, NJ Cost: $$$$$

Founded by the Society of Jesus, Saint Peter's University is a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, although it is classified as Catholic. The school has received awards for its Hispanic and Latino/a supporting programs, such as the Strengthening Achievement among Hispanic and Students of Minority Backgrounds project. Through funding from the Title V grant, the Center for English Language Acquisition and Culture was opened in 2012, which provides support to ESL attendees and prospective students.


University of Texas - Pan American

Edinburg, TX Cost: $$$$$

University of Texas-Pan American began as a junior college in 1927 with 200 attendees; it now boasts nearly 20,000 students, with nearly 90% of those students identifying as Hispanic. Classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a doctoral research university, this public institution offers 57 different degrees, a large portion of which are postgraduate. As the student population is primarily Latino/a, there are many programs and clubs, both academic and social, specific to the Hispanic campus community, such as the Hispanic Society of Pro Engineers or the Latina Culture Club.


University Of Texas - San Antonio

San Antonio, TX Cost: $$$$$

University of Texas at San Antonio boasts the largest business school in Texas and the largest campus. In 2013, it was recognized by the Times Higher Education as one of the most prominent young universities in the world. The college of Liberal and Fine Arts is also known for its size and dedication to research and has the highest enrollment of any college at the university. Additionally, the school is a host of the Hispanic Leaders in Agriculture and Environment organization, a master and Ph.D. supplement program designed to promote Hispanic graduates in environmental leadership roles.


Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi, TX Cost: $$$$$

Previously a Baptist college, Texas A&M Corpus Christi became incorporated into the Texas A&M system in 1989. Sometimes called the Island University, A&M CC is the only university in the U.S. to be located on its own island – Ward Island in Oso Bay. The school offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs through five colleges. Additionally, the school features an ESLI program, a course designed for non-native English speakers to prepare for entrance into the university. For continued dialogue and improvement of Hispanic programs on campus, an Excelencia in Education forum, also called the Islander Forum, is held annually, featuring keynote speakers from a variety of Latino/a backgrounds, as well as the opportunity for open discussion and feedback.


California State University - Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA Cost: $$$$$

As the 19th in the 23-school Cal State University network, California State University-Bakersfield has maintained a modest student body and higher teacher to student ratios, making it a good choice for students seeking a smaller campus feel. Despite its size, the university features over 50 degree programs, including a rare petroleum geology track. For Hispanic students, CSUB offers extensive scholarship and financial aid programs; one such is the Hispanic Excellence Scholarship Fund, which awards a total of $100,000 to Latino/a students each year.


California State University - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA Cost: $$$$$

California State University-Los Angeles, founded in 1947, is built on the historic site of one of California's original adobes. The campus is now home to over 120 degree tracks, including one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious forensic science programs. Additionally, the school was ranked No. 9 in the nation in 2014 by the Peace Corps as having the most Hispanic students serve in its institution. The university also supports this with multiple Latino/a-specific scholarship programs available to those intending to volunteer post graduation.


University of Texas at El Paso

El Paso, TX Cost: $$$$$

Since its inception in 1914, University of Texas El Paso has grown into a multi-program research university, spending upwards of $70 million annually to further research and development, with notable discoveries coming out of the biology sector. The campus, which was extensively remodeled in the 1920s and 1930s, is modeled after a Bhutanese village in the Himalayas and has garnered international attention for the design. For Hispanic students, the school features many career-specific clubs and organizations, such as the Computing Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institutions, which support both current and post-grad Latino/a students entering the workforce.


Texas A&M International University

Laredo, TX Cost: $$$$$

Although established in 1969, Texas A&M International University joined the Texas A&M college system in 1995, during which time it became a four-year university and welcomed its first freshman class. The school now features a state-of-the-art science center and planetarium, both built in 2005. For Hispanic students pursuing a bachelor's or master's in teaching, TAMIU is a great option; of the Texas A&M universities, it is the leader in graduation and certification rates of Hispanic students and has been recognized as such since 1999.


Eastern New Mexico University

Portales, NM Cost: $$$$$

Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus is an affordable university with a high acceptance rate, making it a very accessible higher education institution. The school offers associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs through four colleges, and many of the programs can be completed partially or entirely online, which is convenient for working professionals. Hispanic students can benefit from the services of the Hispanic Student Affairs, which offers advising, financial aid support and academic assistance to the Latino/a student body, as well as scholarship pairing.


St. Thomas University-Florida

Miami Gardens, FL Cost: $$$$$

As the only Catholic Archdiocese-sponsored University in Florida, St. Thomas University offers students a progressive education with Roman Catholic values. The school recently constructed a science and technology research center, which allows for the introduction and expansion of its STEM Fellows cohorts, a program that offers academically outstanding minority students the funding to pursue research-based studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. St. Thomas's Initiative for Student Success, funded in part by the Title V grant, is also in place to financially support the higher education of Hispanic and other minority students.


Angelo State University

San Angelo, TX Cost: $$$$$

A member of the Texas Tech University System, Angelo State University serves 6,500 students annually with degrees up to the doctorate level. Of note among its degree programs is the computer science in game development track, which has garnered accolades from The Princeton Review. Hispanic students can find resources such as on-campus clubs, financial assistance and advocacy programs in an organized format online through the school's HSI page. Additionally, the school features a large, multicultural department, which encourages integration between all ethnicities represented in the student body.


California State University - Dominguez Hills

Carson, CA Cost: $$$$$

As one of the 23 Cal State institutions, California State University-Dominguez Hills serves the South Bay region of Los Angeles County, with a student body of just under 15,000. The self-declared multicultural university offers several culturally specific fields of study, such as African Culture or Chicano History Studies. Unique to this CSU campus is its expansive online and televised degree programs, great for distance learners. Latino/a students and their families can enjoy frequent Hispanic events and festivals, such as the Spanish Language and Education Fair or the Hispanic Literature Symposium, which draws international Spanish authors to campus annually.


Adams State University

Alamosa, CO Cost: $$$$$

Adams State University is a small, publicly funded institution with an emphasis on supporting low-income, first generation and minority students in their higher education pursuits. The university offers bachelor's and master's programs in over 39 fields of study; many of the undergraduate programs are geared towards professional or higher education preparation. In 2011, the school was awarded $3.6 million dollars for its STEM programs; this five-year grant will support Latino/a students in their pursuit of science, technology, engineering and mathematics degrees.


Texas A&M University - Kingsville

Kingsville, TX Cost: $$$$$

Originally a teacher college, TAMU Kingsville is known for its teaching and bilingual studies programs, both of which span from undergraduate to doctoral degrees. The school also has an on-campus farm for applied agricultural studies, a major department of the university. Additionally, the university ranked No. 1 in awarding engineering graduate degrees to Hispanic students by the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine; this is due in part to its award of a grant that provides funding for Hispanic students in STEM programs.


University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

San Antonio, TX

As an affiliate of the University of Texas, the Health Science Center at San Antonio features over 60 degrees, primarily on the professional or graduate level, for those pursuing patient care, medical research and medical education. The institution is also a designated National Cancer Institute Cancer Center. For Latino/a students interested in a medical degree, HSCSA is a good choice; the university has graduated 48 Hispanic students from its medical school in the last academic year, earning it the No. 1 ranking as Best Medical School for Hispanics from the Hispanic Business magazine's Annual Diversity Report.


Boricua College

New York, NY Cost: $$$$$

Boricua College offers an individualized, small-school education experience for Hispanic and Puerto Rican students. As a large majority of the student body is older than 24, meaning many have responsibilities outside of education, the school employs nontraditional teaching methods, such as individualized instruction and independent learning. All students must meet once a week with an advisor to track progress and success markers. Most of the school's 10 degree programs are offered in Spanish and English, accommodating those who would otherwise be excluded from higher education because of the language barrier.


Our Lady of the Lake University

San Antonio, TX Cost: $$$$$

Founded in 1895 by The Sisters of Divine Providence, Our Lady of the Lake University is home to the oldest school of social work in the state; this is reflected in its still-thriving Worden School of Social Service. Additionally, the Catholic institution features over 50 degrees in both graduate and undergraduate studies, as well as four doctoral tracks. Hispanic students have access to cultural and academic clubs, such as La Sociedad Hispana Cultural; students may also find a large database of resources through the Mexican American Studies and Research department.