Best Colleges for Latinos.

Author:Dyton, Joe

According to a study conducted by Pew Research Center, Latinos have seen the highest increase in college enrollment in the past few years. The increase of 13% signifies the advancement of our Latino community. Our high school students are taking higher education serious and with ambition. With this progress, higher education institutions have aggressively engaged in providing Latinos with useful resources, like bilingual faculty, Latino student organizations, and/or access to scholarship opportunities.

For the 3rd consecutive year, we have compiled the list of the top colleges and universities for Latinos. These universities have exceeded traditional practices and continue to provide Latino students with helpful guidance and support to pursue their career aspirations.

Belmont University

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Ranked No. 5 in the Regional Universities South category and named as a "Most Innovative" university by U.S. News & World Report, Belmont University consists of more than 8,000 students who come from every state and 36 countries. Committed to being a leader among teaching universities, Belmont brings together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service. The University's purpose is to help students explore their passions and develop their talents to meet the world's needs.

Belmont University seeks to become more racially and ethnically diverse and broadly reflective of the community through supporting programs to recruit, engage and retain diverse students, faculty and staff. From 2010 to 2017, the number of Latino students enrolled increased from 2.5% (149 students) to 4.7% (378 students) of the overall student body. With more than 90 areas of undergraduate study, more than 25 master's programs and five doctoral degrees, there is no limit to the ways Belmont University can expand an individual's horizon.

Arizona State University

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With four distinct campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area and one at Lake Havasu, Arizona State University prides itself in offering a large or small college experience to fit the needs of its diverse student body. At ASU, students have the opportunity to thrive whether they choose the high energy of the largest campus, Tempe; the big city vibe of the Downtown Phoenix Campus; the quiet energy of the Polytechnic Campus or the charm of the West and Lake Havasu Campuses. ASU measures itself not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed. The school is the top choice for many Latinos, who make up 20 percent of the student population of over 72,000 spread across five campuses. ASU's engagement with Latinos goes beyond student enrollment. Through dozens of research partnerships with universities in Mexico, Latin America and public agencies in those countries, ASU helps its neighbors tackle some of the most vexing challenges. ASU has been named for three consecutive years as the #1 school in the nation for innovation by U.S. News & World Report ahead of Stanford (#2) and MIT (#3).

California State University Long Beach

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The network of California state universities has one of the most comprehensive diversity plans in the nation. Cal State-Long Beach is no exception, with over 37 percent making up their Hispanic student body. The Office of Equity & Diversity aims to promote full consideration of all members of all minorities in recruitment, selection, advancement, promotion and retention. Also, they facilitate, monitor, evaluate and ensure compliance pertaining to equal educational and employment. Hispanic tenured track faculty has increased from 4 percent to 7 percent. Recruiting diverse faculty and staff included race, ethnicity, bilingual or multilingual knowledge, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and ability, among other cultural identities and experiences.

Baylor University

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This private Baptist university in Waco, TX often finds itself on the top of college-focused publications' rankings. Baylor was listed in a tie for 75th in the national universities category in the 2017 "Best Colleges" rankings by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review deemed Baylor a "Best Western College" and ranked its marketing programs second in the country. Within Baylor's Department of Multicultural Affairs is the Hispanic Student Association, which focuses on not just enriching the experience of the Hispanic culture, heritage and traditions on Baylor's campus, but in the Waco community as well. Part of the organization's mission statement includes, "empowering and supporting students with their personal development and advocating for a diverse and inclusive environment."

California State University Los Angeles

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CSULA may not be as well known as the more famous universities in Los Angeles, but the estimated 27,681 students are impressively diverse, with a 60 percent Hispanic enrollment. The school also includes 27 percent Hispanics on its faculty. Cal State LA has once again earned national recognition for graduating Latino students who go on to earn Ph.D.s in science and engineering fields. Between bachelor's and master's granting institutions in the continental U.S, Cal State LA is No. 1 for producing Latino doctorates in the areas of chemistry, physics, mathematics and statistics, computer sciences, biological sciences, and engineering, according to data compiled by the National Science Foundation.

Cambridge College

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For more than 45 years Cambridge College has been a leader and pioneer in adult learning. With a main campus in Boston, Massachusetts, and four regional locations nationwide, we provide academically excellent, time-efficient, and affordable higher education to a diverse population of adult-minded learners. A private, nonprofit institution, Cambridge College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Higher Education (NEASC CIHE); our various degree and certificate programs enable students to earn the credentials they need to advance in their careers. Over 55% of our students are members of minority groups, three-quarters are women, and 17% are non-native English speakers. Our inclusive culture provides a positive and productive educational experience for adult learners and our innovative teaching and learning model helps our students earn the degree credentials they need to advance their careers. Our mission is to provide academically excellent, time-efficient, and cost-effective higher education for a diverse population of working adults for whom those opportunities may have been limited or denied.

City University of New York-Brooklyn College

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At 17,390 students, Brooklyn College boasts 20 percent Hispanic enrollment and a 10 percent Hispanic faculty. The university offers the Gates Millennium Scholarship for minority students, it also offers the HACE Scholarship, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, LULAC National Scholastic Achievement Award, the New Mexico Alliance Scholarship and the Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship, to name a few. The Black and Latino Male Initiative have always been to increase the number of black and Latino males who enroll in and graduate from the college. To achieve that goal, it addresses just about every aspect of the students' lives. In the strictly academic realm, it provides peer mentoring, tutoring and access to an all-purpose writing tutor.

California State University Northridge

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California State University, Northridge is one of the largest universities in California, centered in the San Fernando Valley, one of the most culturally diverse metropolitan areas in the United States. With a student population of almost 40,000 that is made up of nearly 47 percent Latino students, CSUN is a Hispanic Serving Institution of opportunity and inclusiveness, celebrating its cultural and ethnic diversity on a regular basis. It is home to the first Chicana/o Studies and Central American Studies departments in the country. CSUN is ranked second nationally in awarding Pell Grants to students, with nearly half the student body receiving financial aid. Latino and other minority students are supported by organizations such as the Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP), which helps students from historically low-income populations stay in school to achieve academic success. CSUN is also home to one of the largest undocumented student populations nationally, with more than 1,500 Dreamers. The DREAM Center gives these students a place to congregate, support and mentor one another. CSUN helps Latino students make their dreams come true.

Colorado State University--Pueblo

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A federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution, CSU-Pueblo boasts one the most diverse student populations in Colorado with a minority student population of nearly 50 percent and 33 percent of students identifying as being of Hispanic descent.

Founded in 1933 as Southern Colorado Junior College, the campus has adapted its name and academic programs to meet the needs of a changing student demographic. The University works with all student populations to showcase the importance of their cultures and the positive contributions that all these populations have made and continue to make. A strong connection to organizations like the Hispanic Association of State Colleges and Universities (HACU) allows minority students to interact with individuals in high level positions, which helps them to envision themselves in such roles and to cultivate professional relationships. The University received the HACU Outstanding Institution Award in 2008. The University coordinates programming on campus during Hispanic...

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