DENTON (UNT), Texas — The University of North Texas is now designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), allowing it to receive additional federal funds to support and expand programs for Hispanic students.
With its growing Hispanic student population, UNT is one of a small number of Tier One research universities designated as an HSI. This designation allows UNT to apply for grants via Title III and Title V, potentially bringing between $5 million to $10 million to fuel additional support for our students and advance research. UNT received an additional $2.1 million in funding through the federal CARES Act because of its status as an HSI.
To become eligible for this status, UNT must have at least 25 percent of its student body be Hispanic, have at least 37% of undergraduate students who are Pell grant eligible, as well as invest substantially in the instruction of all students.
“Designation as an HSI is critical for our continued strategic growth, particularly because of the demographic composition of North Texas,” UNT President Neal Smatresk said. “UNT is uniquely positioned to continue to serve our region and the state’s Hispanic population, and this designation is significant because it reflects the growing enrollment of Hispanic students who are choosing UNT as the university they want to attend to achieve their college education.”
Provost Jennifer Cowley said the eligibility for these grants helps UNT sustain its status as a Tier One research institution and its commitment to serving our diverse student body.
“We are excited about the possibility of accessing additional resources to further develop our current opportunities for students,” Cowley said. “Accessing these grants will help the university further invest in our students’ success.”
Joanne Woodard, UNT’s vice president of institutional diversity and equity, said the HSI designation recognizes the university’s efforts to establish a community where Hispanic students are welcomed.
“Our division has been working closely with units across the university to make sure we are not only recruiting Hispanic students, but that we also are creating an environment where they can thrive and excel,” Woodard said. “Our Hispanic students are an important part of our community and bring experiences to our community that benefit us all.”
UNT currently offers Hispanic students a wide range of support, including recruiting these students from local high schools, particularly first-generation college students interested in STEM programs and fields; hosting student organizations such as the Hispanic Student Association and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers; and offering a wide range of Hispanic/Latinx courses.