Sam Houston State University Named Institution Serving Hispanics

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The bell tower on the Sam Houston State University campus in Huntsville, Texas on Saturday, July 18, 2020.

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Sam Houston State University officially earned Hispanic-Serving Institution designation, allowing the school to receive millions more in federal grants.

“Receiving Hispanic-Serving Institution designation is a significant milestone in the history of Sam Houston State University,” President Alisa White said in a press release Tuesday. “This designation demonstrates our institutional commitment to providing all students with access to a quality education and reflects the diversity of our state and the communities we serve.”

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Sam Houston State announced in September 2021 its intention to begin seeking the designation. To be a Hispanic-serving institution, the undergraduate student population must be at least 25% Hispanic, with at least 38% of those students qualifying as low-income.

The Huntsville college has increased its Hispanic enrollment to 25.81% in 2020, according to state officials Sam Houston.

The designation provides up to $10 million in new funding from the U.S. Department of Education, all to support educational opportunities for Hispanic students. Texas A&M University also recently earned the designation, announcing its new status in March.

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