Our listing of the Top 100 Colleges for Latinos is presented alphabetically. Compiled by the editors of LATINO Magazine from a variety of sources, this is by no means a definitive list, and none of these may be the right college for you. We’ve included a brief description of a few selected at random. For reasons of space, it’s limited to four year colleges and doesn’t list community colleges, which are a valid option for many. But we hope it provides a starting point for your research.

 

From Adelphi to Yale, each entry includes the institution’s address, telephone number and URL. For more information, go to their websites. Contact them to order an application, or to schedule a visit, or  simply to find out more. You can also access this information online at CollegeforLatinos.com. If you would like to add a college to our list, please contact us at info@collegeforlatinos.com.

 

Arizona State University
PO Box 870112
Tempe, AZ 85287
(480)965-7788
www.asu.edu
Total enrollment: 58,371
Latino students: 18%

 

Arizona State University was founded in 1885 and is located in Phoenix.  The university is the largest in the country by enrollment with over 72,000 students in 2011.  Students can pursue a degree in a variety of programs that are ranked among the best in the nation ranging from engineering to public affairs programs.  The university also boasts 324 National Hispanic Scholars, one of the most in the country.

 

Carlos Albizu University
2173 NW 99th Avenue
Miami, Florida 3317
(305) 593-1223
mia.albizu.edu
Total enrollment: 2,000
Latino students: 99%

 

Carlos Albizu University is a private university with campuses in Miami, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico that serves over 2,000 students.  It was founded in 1966 and is the only secular institution of higher learning in the United States mainland named in honor of a Hispanic.  The university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in business administration, education and psychology.  Students at CAU represent over 40 different countries.

 

Florida International University
11200 S.W. 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199
www.fiu.edu
(305)348-2000
Total enrollment: 46,000
Latino students: 61%

 

Located in Miami, FIU is one of the largest in the country with an enrollment of nearly 46,000 students.  Students can choose from a variety of over 180 programs that offer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering, international relations and law.  The mission of the university includes research as a major component.

 

George Mason University
400 University Drive
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
(703)993-1000
www.gmu.edu
Total enrollment: 33,320
Latino students: 8%

 

Named after one of the founding fathers, George Mason University was founded just south of the nation’s capital near Fairfax, Virginia in 1957 as a branch of the University of Virginia.  Since 1972, GMU has operated as an independent institution and received recognition for its strong programs in economics, law, creative writing and computer science.  The university offers a highly affordable and quality education in a diverse setting with access to highly sought-after internships in Washington, D.C.

 

Georgetown University
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington D.C. 20057
(202)687-0100
www.georgetown.edu
Total enrollment: 16,871
Latino students: 5.6%

 

Georgetown is the oldest Catholic university in the country, founded in 1789 in Washington, D.C.  A leading academic and research institution, the university offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in 180 academic programs.  The international affairs and law programs are considered among the best in the nation and world.  The university strives to provide a world-class learning experience and over half of its undergraduate students spend time studying abroad.

 

Harvard University
86 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617)495-1000
www.harvard.edu
Total enrollment: 21,000
Latino students: 5.8%

 

Harvard University was founded in 1636, and as such, is the oldest institution of higher learning in the nation.  Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Ivy League university offers a range of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs for students to choose from.  With over 20,000 students, Harvard is also one of the most selective and competitive universities in the world.

 

National Hispanic University
14271 Story Road
San Jose, CA 95127
(408)254-6900
www.nhu.edu
Total enrollment: 700
Latino students: 95%

 

The National Hispanic University is located in San Jose, California and was founded in 1981 by Dr. Roberto Cruz to address the educational needs of Hispanic students and other minorities.  Since its founding the university has provided a familia approach to its academic environment, ensuring each student receives a high quality education in a nurturing and multicultural setting throughout his or her college career.  The mission of the university is grounded in “cultural respect, biliteracy, and diversity for engaged students who will become local, national, and global leaders.”

 

Purdue University
475 Stadium Mall Dr.
West Lafayette, IN 47907
(765) 494-1776
www.purdue.edu
Total enrollment: 39,726
Latino students:  3%

 

Purdue University is located in West Lafayette, Indiana and is the flagship university of the Purdue University system.  It was founded in 1869 and has become renowned for its influence in American aviation.  It offered the first four-year bachelor’s degree in aviation and 22 Purdue graduates have gone on to become astronauts, including Neil Armstrong (the first person to walk on the moon).  The university offers over 210 major areas of study at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

 

Rutgers University
83 Somerset Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
www.rutgers.edu
(732)445-4636
Total enrollment: 58,000
Latino students: 13%

Rutgers is one of the leading national public research universities in the nation.  It boasts over 180 research centers and institutes.  Based in Newark, the university is a land-grant institution with over 40,000 students and ranks 11th in the number of degrees earned by Latinos (among peer institutions in the Association of American Universities).

 

San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192
(408) 924-1000
www.sjsu.edu
Total enrollment: 29,067
Latino students: 23%

San Jose State University is located in the heart of Silicon Valley in the city of San Jose, California.  The university is the oldest state university in California and the West Coast.   The number of engineering, education and computer science graduates from SJSU that enter the ranks of some of the most prominent technology companies in Silicon Valley is the highest than any other university in the nation.  Students can choose from over 134 programs and concentrations at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

 

Smith College
7 College Lane
Northampton, MA 01063
(413) 585-2500
www.smith.edu
Total enrollment: 2,571
Latino students: 7%

Smith College is a  private women’s liberal arts college located in Northampton, Massachusetts.  It was founded in 1871.  Approximately 2,500 students take courses in 41 academic programs and departments. The faculty-to-student ratio is 1 to 9.  The college is unique for being the first and only women’s college in the United States to confer its own undergraduate degrees in engineering.

 

St. Mary’s University
One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, TX 78228
www.stmarytx.edu
(210)436-3011
Total enrollment: 2,231
Latino students: 52.3%

St. Mary’s University was founded in 1852 and is a Catholic university.  It is also the oldest of its kind in Texas and the Southwest, located near downtown San Antonio.  A nationally recognized liberal arts institution, it provides a Catholic education experience that incorporates liberal studies, professional preparation and ethical commitment.

 

Stanford University
450 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 94305
(650)723-2300
www.stanford.edu
Total enrollment: 6,927
Latino students: 14%

Stanford University opened its doors in 1891 and is located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley.  The university is recognized as one of the world’s leading research and teaching institutions.  Close interaction with faculty is emphasized at Stanford and the student-to-faculty ratio is approximately 5.9 to 1. Many graduates go on to work in some of the most prominent technology companies in the area such as Google, Microsoft and Cisco.

 

Syracruse University
Syracuse, NY 13244
(315) 443-1870
www.syr.edu
Total enrollment: 20,407
Latino students: 7%

 

Syracuse University is a private research university founded in 1870 in central New York.  Over 20,000 students take courses at the university’s 13 schools and colleges.  The university also has 29 research institutes and centers.  Of particular note are its nationally recognized programs in information studies and library science, architecture, communications, business administration, public administration, engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences.

 

Texas A&M University-College Station
Rudder Tower
College Station, TX 77843
(979) 845-3211
www.tamu.edu
Total enrollment: 49,129
Latino students: 16%

 

Texas A&M University-College Station is the flagship institution of the Texas A&M University system.  It was founded in 1876 and is located about 90 miles northwest of Houston and with an enrollment of over 50,000 students, it is the 6th largest university in the country.  A major research institution, only MIT and the University of California at Berkeley outspend it in research conducted at universities without medical schools.  Students can choose from over 120 undergraduate and 240 graduate degree programs in ten colleges.

 

Universidad Central de Bayamon
PO Box 1725
Bayamón, PR 00960
(787)786-3030
www.ucb.edu
Total enrollment: 2,448
Latino students: 99%

 

The Universidad Central de Bayamon is a private, Catholic university in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.  It was founded in 1961 as a community college of the Catholic University of Puerto Rico, offering associate’s degrees and some third-year transferable courses.  In 1970, the university became independent.  Students can earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from a selection of academic programs that include liberal arts, sciences and education.

 

Universidad de Puerto Rico
170 Carr. #174, Km.2.8, Parque Industrial Minillas
Bayamón, P.R. 00959
(787) 786-2885
www.upr.edu
Total enrollment: 61,967
Latino students: 99%

 

The Universidad de Puerto Rico was founded in 1903 and is the largest and oldest university in Puerto Rico.  Over 60,000 students take courses at 11 campuses around the island.  The UPR is the most selective university in Puerto Rico and offers over 500 diverse academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

 

University of California-Berkeley
108 MLK Student Union
Berkeley, CA 94720
(510) 642-1016
www.berkeley.edu
Total enrollment: 36, 142
Latino students: 10.7%

 

The University of California-Berkeley was founded in 1868 following the gold rush on the San Francisco Bay and has gone on to become the world’s premier public university.  A major research institution, UC Berkeley researchers have discovered 16 chemicals in total (more than any other university in the world), discovered Vitamin E and were the first to identify the flu virus.  The university offers over 350 academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

 

University of California-Los Angeles
1147 Murphy Hall, Box 951436
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 825-3101
www.ucla.edu
Total enrollment: 40,000
Latino students: 15%

The University of California-Los Angeles was founded in 1919, making it the second oldest, and a flagship institution within the University of California system.  It is ranked as one of the best research universities in the world.  Nearly 40,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in a range of 127 majors and dozens of academic programs.  A highly selective school, UCLA receives the most freshman applications than any other school in the country.

 

University of the Incarnate Ward
4301 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209-6318
(210) 829-6000
www.uiw.edu
Total enrollment: 8,455
Latino students: 57%

The University of the Incarnate Ward was founded in San Antonio in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Ward.  The school has an enrollment of just under 9,000 students, which allows for a student/faculty ratio of 14 to 1 and an average class size of 25.  There are more than 70 undergraduate and graduate programs students can choose from, including non-traditional trajectories in fashion design, nuclear medicine and broadcast meteorology.   Every student at UIW must complete a required number of volunteer hours in the community before graduating.

 

University of Miami
1252 Memorial Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146
(305) 284-2211
www.miami.edu
Total enrollment: 16,068
Latino students: 24%

 

The University of Miami is a private research institution with over 15,000 students enrolled.  Located in Coral Gables, it was founded in 1925 during the real estate boom that hit the region.  It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in 12 schools and colleges in more than 180 majors and programs.  In 2011, the university earned Hispanic Business magazine’s distinction for the No. 1 medical school and No. 5 business school, respectively, in the country for Hispanic students.

 

University of New Mexico-Albuquerque
Student Support & Service Center
1155 University Blvd, SE
Albuquerque, NM 87131
(505)277-8900
www.unm.edu
Total enrollment: 34,674
Latino students: 40%

 

The University of New Mexico is a Hispanic-serving Institution located in Albuquerque, New Mexico and sits on 600 acres on the old Route 66, surrounded by picturesque mountains and mesas.  It was founded in 1889 and is the state’s flagship research institution.  The university‘s law school is among the highest ranked for Latinos.  There are more than 210 degrees and programs for students to choose from at UNM.

 

University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA, 92110
(619) 260-4600
www.sandiego.edu
Total enrollment: 8,317
Latino students: 16%

 

A Catholic university located in southern California, the University of San Diego provides an academic experience that promotes the intellectual exploration of religious faith and creates a diverse and inclusive community.  The university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in various Liberal Arts and Sciences departments.  There are just under 10,000 students enrolled at USD, which is located just a short distance away from the Mexican border.

 

University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station
Austin, TX 78712
(512) 471-3550
www.utexas.edu
Total enrollment: 51,195
Latino students: 19%

 

The University of Texas at Austin, founded in 1883, is the flagship institution of The University of Texas System and the largest university in the state.  There are over 50,000 students enrolled at the university pursuing bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 170 fields of study and 100 majors.  The university is also a major research institution that runs one of the world’s fastest supercomputers.

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