UCI's Rare Distinction: It's an Elite Research University That's a Haven for Latinos
Friday, June 09, 2017
(Source: Los Angeles Times) UC Irvine may seem an unlikely haven for Latino students. But the Irvine campus is now the most popular UC choice for Latino freshmen applicants, topping longtime leader UCLA for the first time last fall. And last month the campus won federal recognition for serving Latinos — a still-rare distinction among elite research universities.
In all, 492 campuses in 19 states and Puerto Rico have been designated Hispanic Serving Institutions, which allows them to apply for about $100 million annually in federal research grants. To qualify, the campus student population must be 25% Latino, with more than half financially needy.
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