Increasing Our Services to Hispanic Communities

The University of Colorado Denver was thrilled to receive federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution in October 2021. More than 26% of CU Denver’s undergraduates are Hispanic, reflecting the emerging demographics of both Denver and Colorado.

CU Denver is the fourth four-year university in Colorado to achieve HSI status.

CU Denver is proud to deliver high-quality degree programs designed to be accessible to everyone in our community. As a Hispanic-Serving Institution in the heart of downtown Denver, CU Denver is honored to serve Latinx students.

Our HSI recognition aligns with CU Denver’s larger goal—laid out in our 2030 Strategic Plan—to become an exemplar equity-serving institution that makes education work for all. We know that diversity alone isn’t enough. We must put our diversity into action. Belonging and equity are core values that benefit every member of our Lynx campus. By empowering each individual to make an impact, CU Denver is creating an authentic culture of inclusion where everyone can achieve success on their own terms.

"This designation is so important for our campus and will provide the opportunity to give our students stronger support. I am proud of the diversity of our student body, and we will continue our important work of fostering an inclusive campus that makes education work for all."

~ Chancellor Michelle Marks

About HSI

A Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) is a unique designation by the U.S. Department of Education. To qualify, a university must have undergraduate full-time enrollment that is comprised of 25% or more Hispanic students and a high concentration of students eligible for Pell Grants.

No additional financial resources are provided automatically, but as an HSI the university is eligible for competitive federal grants that fund high-impact practices in support of student services and functions. These grants benefit student success and graduation, enrollment and retention, faculty and staff hiring, racially and culturally enhancing programs, and more. Research faculty can find grant eligibility details here.

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