Top Colleges for Latinos

UC Santa Cruz tops list of best universities for Latinos. Photo: UCSC

University of California Santa Cruz is a leading school for Latinos. Photo: UCSC

November is the month when university-bound students need to apply for early admission at four-year colleges. Will your child be applying to some of the best schools for Latinos?

The University of California Santa Cruz ranks as the number one higher-education institution for Hispanics in the United States, according to Every year that website publishes the Best Colleges for Hispanic Students, a compilation of 50 public and private campuses. The rankings are tabulated using databases from the federal government and the nonprofit Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, HACU.

Student Center of University of Houston, a top school for Latinos. Photo: UofH

Student Center of University of Houston. Photo: UofH

HACU represents nearly 500 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America, and Spain, according to the association’s website.

What makes UC Santa Cruz so great? In addition to offering 60 majors in 30 fields and being located next to redwood forests and not far from the world-famous California coast, this university is home to the reputable Chicano Latino Resource Center, popularly known by the Spanish-language informal designation of El Centro, according to El Centro offers a plethora of programs and services to help Latino students stay and succeed at UCSC, such as academic support, scholarships, financial advice and events.

California and Texas, states with the largest Latino populations in the country, are home to the best campuses for our students in 2016.

Rounding up the top ten Best Colleges for Hispanic Students are:
2. San Diego State University (San Diego, California)
3. University of California Riverside (Riverside, California)

  1. Whittier College (Whittier, California)
    5. St. Edward’s University (Austin, Texas)
    6. Cal Poly Pomona (Pomona, California)
    7. University of La Verne (La Verne, California)
    8. University of Houston (Houston, Texas)
    9. Florida International University (Miami, Florida)
    10. California State University Long Beach (Long Beach, California)


    Another top campus for Hispanics. Photo: SPU/Instagra

    The rest of the 50 Best Colleges for Hispanic Students are, in descending order: University of California Merced (Merced, CA); University of St. Thomas (Houston, TX); Woodbury University (Burbank, CA); California State University Fullerton (Fullerton, CA); St. Mary’s University (San Antonio, TX); University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM); Texas State University (San Marcos, TX); Fresno Pacific University (Fresno, CA); California State University Channel Islands (Camarillo, CA); California State University San Marcos (San Marcos, CA); CUNY City College (New York, NY); Mount Saint Mary’s University (Los Angeles, CA); California State University Fresno (Fresno, CA); Texas Lutheran University (Seguin, TX); California State University – Stanislaus (Turlock, CA); La Sierra University (Riverside, CA); California State University Monterey Bay (Monterey Bay, CA); New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, NM); College of Mount Saint Vincent (Bronx, NY); California State University Northridge (Northridge, CA); California State University San Bernardino (San Bernardino, CA); Schreiner University (Kerrville, TX); CUNY Lehman College (West Bronx, NY); Saint Peter’s University (Jersey City, NJ); University of Texas Pan American (Edinburg, TX); University of Texas – San Antonio (San Antonio, TX); Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (Corpus Christi, TX); California State University Bakersfield (Bakersfield, CA); California State University Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA); University of Texas at El Paso (El Paso, TX); Texas A&M International University (Laredo, TX); Eastern New Mexico University (Portales, NM); St. Thomas University Florida (Miami Gardens, FL); Angelo State University (San Angelo, TX); California State University Dominguez Hills (Carson, CA); Adams State University (Alamosa, CO); Texas A&M University Kingsville (Kingsville, TX); University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (San Antonio, TX); Boricua College (New York, NY); and Our Lady of the Lake University (San Antonio, TX)

Do you want to know the reasons behind each school’s ranking? Visit (



Author: Cesar Arredondo

Journalist with more than 20 years of experience working for English- and Spanish-language and bilingual news outlets. Winner of three Best of the West Journalism Awards and a recognition from the National Association of Hispanic Publications.

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