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Sonoma State Becomes the 21st CSU Campus to be Designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution

Toni Molle



​​ Sonoma State University is the latest California State University (CSU) campus to be classified as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) – bringing the total number of campuses within the system receiving the HSI classification to 21. The HSI classification allows universities to compete for federal funding to enhance and expand educational opportunities for students, including those of Hispanic descent. At Sonoma State, 33 percent of the university's 8,600 undergraduates are Hispanic. Of the 418,243 undergraduate students enrolled systemwide in fall 2015, 37 percent were Hispanic.

The Higher Education Act (HEA) defines HSIs as colleges or universities where at least 25 percent of the undergraduate, full-time enrollment is Hispanic and at least half of the institution's degree-seeking students are low-income.

In addition to Sonoma State, other CSU campuses that are HSIs include: Bakersfield, Channel Islands, Dominguez Hills, East Bay, Fresno, Fullerton, Humboldt, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Monterey Bay, Northridge, Pomona, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San José, San Marcos and Stanislaus.

The CSU is the nation's largest four-year public university system---educating the most ethnically, economically and academically diverse student body in the nation. The CSU educates approximately 474,600 students and is known for the quality of its teaching and for preparing job-ready graduates. CSU's Graduation Initiative 2025 is the university's ambitious plan to increase graduation rates for all students while eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps.

To learn more about the CSU, our partnerships in the Hispanic community, and Graduation Initiative 2025 visit: