IRVINE UC Irvine has attracted enough Latino students to be designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-serving institution, officials announced Monday.
The new designation comes on the heels of UCI’s recognition earlier this year as an Asian American- and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institution.
These titles mean UCI will be eligible to compete for more funding and grants from various federal agencies to benefit not only its minority students, but all students, university officials said.
“The designation as Hispanic-serving reflects very well on UCI,” said Louis DeSipio, chairman of UCI’s Chicano/Latino Studies.
” UCI is among the nation’s leading Research 1 (research-focused) universities in serving first-generation college students, students from diverse backgrounds, and, specifically in this case, Latino students,” DeSipio wrote in an e-mail.
UCI’s enrollment is 25.7 percent Hispanic this year, double what it was a decade ago. The…