CSUSM Awarded Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Status


Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Education has designated CSUSM as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). HSI designation is awarded to institutions having at least a 25 percent Hispanic student population. Today, CSUSM's Hispanic population is 27 percent.

Earning HSI status makes CSUSM eligible to apply for Department of Education grants that may be used for many academic purposes serving all students including scientific or laboratory equipment for teaching; construction or renovation of instructional facilities; faculty development; purchase of educational materials; academic tutoring or counseling programs; funds and administrative management; joint use of facilities; endowment funds; distance learning academic instruction; teacher education; and student support services

"Not only does achieving HSI status align with two of our campus strategic priorities, Educational Equity and Academic Excellence, but it speaks of our commitment to reflecting and serving our region while raising the educational attainment rate of all students," said President Karen Haynes.

About California State University San Marcos

California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM's alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is fifteen miles east of the ocean; just thirty miles north of downtown San Diego.