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CSUSM Named Among Top 20 Colleges for Hispanic Students

By Margaret Chantung has named California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) as one of the nation’s “Top 50 Colleges for Hispanic Students” for 2014. CSUSM ranked No. 20.

To assemble its list of the best colleges for Hispanic students, examined each school's academics, student engagement, HACU (Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities) membership status, percent of Hispanic enrollees and cultural impact. School rankings were compiled using the latest information from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and College Navigator databases, both of which are maintained by the National Center for Education Statistics.

According to the site, CSUSM is “known as an active research school,” and “is the host of the National Latino Research Center, an organization that seeks to promote an understanding of the American Latino/a population through applied research and information exchange.”

Recently the University received the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine. Since 2010, CSUSM has been recognized as an Hispanic Serving Institution, a designation awarded to institutions having at least a 25 percent Hispanic student population. Today, CSUSM’s enrollment of Hispanic/Latinos is at nearly 40 percent.

“We are proud that this recognition reflects our commitment to fostering a diverse and welcoming campus for everyone,” said CSUSM President Karen Haynes. “At Cal State San Marcos, we know that with greater diversity comes greater knowledge. We learn from each other. We change each other. We challenge each other to look at the world in new ways. And we do so in a manner that is respectful and reflects our shared values and vision.”

For a complete list of the “Top 50 Colleges for Hispanic Students” for 2014, visit