CSUSM Awarded Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Status

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.

HSI designation is awarded to institutions having at least a 25 percent Hispanic student population. Today, CSUSM's Hispanic population is 27 percent.