Why One University Chose to Become a Hispanic-Serving Institution

Why One University Became a Hispanic-Serving Institution 1

Notre Dame de Namur U.

Students take a science class at Notre Dame de Namur U., which has won two federal grants as a newly designated Hispanic-serving institution.

As many tuition-driven colleges face the challenge of lagging enrollment, Notre Dame de Namur University, in Belmont, Calif., has pursued a promising strategy. The Roman Catholic university decided to become a Hispanic-serving institution, a designation its president says has contributed to an all-time high enrollment, of 2,001 this year, and record retention rates.

To be classified as Hispanic-serving by the U.S. Department of Education, colleges must qualify for student-loan