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What does it mean to be a Minority Serving Institution?

In 2015, UCSB was designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and it was the first member of the prestigious Association of American Universities to become an HSI. HSIs are defined as colleges or universities in which Hispanic enrollment comprises a minimum of 25 percent of the total enrollment of undergraduate and graduate students, both full- and part-time.

Other UC campuses that are HSIs include: UCI, UCD, UCM, UCR and UCSC.

This federal designation aligns with UCSB’s aspiration to be a national leader and global model of inclusive excellence. As a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), UCSB faculty, staff and students are eligible to apply for Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) grants, internships and partnerships. HSI and AANAPISI are part of a federal program to help universities support first-generation and low-income students. They increase UCSB’s eligibility for funding and grants from the departments of Education, Agriculture and Housing & Urban Development that can be used for a variety of purposes: to boost financial aid and other student services, to purchase scientific and laboratory equipment, for faculty development and to improve classrooms.

For details, please contact Brett Collins -