MENU
Skip to content Skip to navigation

UC Merced Designated as Hispanic-Serving Institution

April 30, 2010

April 30, 2010

Merced the second UC campus to receive designation, which
provides enhanced access to funding for student support services,
faculty development and renovation of instructional facilities

Quick Facts
  • UC Merced has been designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution by
    the U.S. Department of Education, certifying an enrollment of at
    least 25 percent Hispanic students.
  • The designation makes the university eligible for a host of
    funding and grants from the U.S. departments of Education,
    Agriculture, and Housing and Urban Development.
  • UC Merced joins UC Riverside as the only two University of
    California campuses to receive the HSI designation.

MERCED — The University of California, Merced, and U.S.
Representative Dennis Cardoza today announced that the university
has been designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) under
the guidelines of the U.S. Department of Education.

The designation certifies an enrollment of at least 25 percent
Hispanic students and is critical for obtaining grants and other
funding for a variety of purposes such as student support services,
faculty development, scientific and laboratory equipment and
renovation of instructional facilities.

“As the first American public research university of the 21
stcentury, we are tremendously proud to have a student
body that reflects the diversity of California,” said Steve Kang,
UC Merced chancellor. “Our talented students, who hail from the top
12.5 percent of high school graduates throughout the state, are
invigorated by and benefit from the diversity of fellow students
— be it geographic, ethnic, economic, cultural or other characteristic.”

Thirty-two percent of UC Merced undergraduate students are
Hispanic. Asians account for 33 percent, Caucasian 22 percent and
black seven percent. The top three geographic regions from where
undergraduates hail are the San Joaquin Valley (32 percent), the
San Francisco Bay Area (nearly 28 percent) and Southern California
(nearly 24 percent). UC Merced also has the highest percentage of
first-generation students — with neither parent having a
four-year degree — in the UC system.

“I could not be more pleased,” Cardoza said. “This designation
marks the culmination of several years of collaborative work
between my office and UC Merced. It will ensure that the university
receives due recognition for its support in educating our students
from the San Joaquin Valley and elsewhere in California. And it
ensures the campus receives top consideration in funding
opportunities to support the UC mission and its students.”

In addition, Cardoza said the designation could also help secure
funding that would benefit the planned UC Merced medical school.

The university first submitted its application for the HSI
designation to the Department of Education in February 2006. The
agency provided notice of the HSI designation on April 26, 2010.

The designation makes the university eligible for a host of
funding and grants from the U.S. departments of Education,
Agriculture, and Housing and Urban Development. That funding would
support research efforts as well as provide increases in financial
aid available to students.

President Obama’s budget request for fiscal year 2011-12 calls
for $123 million for HSI-designated schools.

UC Merced joins UC Riverside as the only two University of
California campuses to receive the HSI designation.

“This is a significant victory for UC Merced and for our
community,” Cardoza said. “As we continue to develop the campus, I
will continue to do all I can to support the university’s efforts.”

For more information about UC Merced’s diverse student body,
visit:
 www.ucmerced.edu/fastfacts/

MEDIA CONTACT:
Patti Waid
Istas