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Meet the Institutions

UC Santa Barbara

The University of California, Santa Barbara is a leading research institution that also provides a comprehensive liberal arts learning experience. UC Santa Barbara is one of only 62 research-intensive institutions in the U.S. and Canada elected to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), cementing its status as a higher-education leader. In its 2013 ranking of the world’s top 500 universities, Leiden University ranked UC Santa Barbara number 2 for research impact in the sciences. The campus is home to ten national institutes and centers. Among them are the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Materials Research Laboratory, both funded by the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Army-funded Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies. In 2015, UC Santa Barbara became the first AAU member to be named a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities, so recognized for achieving Hispanic enrollment 25 percent or more of its total enrollment. The same year, the campus also is designated an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) by the U.S. Department of Education.

UC Santa Barbara provides a flourishing campus life, enhanced by its proximity to the eclectic cultural and recreational activities of the greater Santa Barbara community. Located 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles (9 miles west of Santa Barbara), the 989-acre campus sits atop a majestic bluff on the Pacific Ocean, bordered by mountains.

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CSU Channel Islands

California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) is a four-year, public university located in Camarillo, California (midway between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara; 20 miles northwest of Malibu). Established in 2002, CSU Channel Islands is the youngest of 23 campuses in the CSU family. According to CollegeNet, CSU Channel Islands has ranked CSUCI 23rd out of 1,380 universities in the nation in the “Social Mobility Index” (SMI) (2018), which measures the extent to which a college or university educates more economically-disadvantaged students at a lower tuition rate, then graduates them into promising careers. With a population of approximately 7,100 student (6,900 undergraduates, 200 graduate and post-baccalaureate students), CSU Channel Islands offer 26 majors, 37 minors, and 15 graduate/credential programs.

In 2010 CSU Channel Islands, the only four-year public institution of higher education in Ventura County, received its Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) status because the University had met the diversity threshold of having at least a 25 percent Hispanic student population. CSU Channel Islands current (Fall 2017) Hispanic student population represents 50 percent of the total student enrollment. CSU Channel Islands is committed to providing meaningful access to college opportunity and a promise to facilitate graduation as a springboard to success.

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UC Merced

Opening in 2005 as the newest campus of the University of California, UC Merced continually strives for excellence in carrying out the university's mission of teaching, research and public service, benefiting society by discovering and transmitting new knowledge and functioning as an active repository of organized knowledge. As a key tenet in carrying out this mission, UC Merced promotes and celebrates the diversity of all members of its community.

In 2010 UC Merced became the second UC to be named a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) under the guidlines of the U.S. Department of Education. The designation certifies an enrollment of at least 25 percent Hispanic students, though as of fall 2018, the number has increased to more than 50 percent. 

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CSU Fresno

California State Univeristy, Fresno has roots dating back to 1911, when the doors of the Fresno State Normal School opened to 150 hopeful students. Today, the student population is more than 25,000 and the University has garnered national attention for its rise in college rankings. With majors in 66 bachelor’s, 44 master’s and three doctoral subject areas, CSU Fresno has come a long way from its modest beginning. Recently reclassified as a Carnegie Doctoral Granting Institution with Moderate Research Activity, CSU Fresno serves over 25,168 students with 2219 students at the graduate level. Washington Monthly recently ranked CSU Fresno #17 among top national universities and U.S. News and World Report ranked it among the top three best public universities in graduation rate performance.

With more than half of the undergraduate population indentifying as Hispanic, CSU Fresno, along with the other four insitutions, has been named a designated Hispanic-Serving INsitution. In addition to this, this campus was also named an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, CSU Fresno continues to work hard to foster diversity and inclusion for all students and faculty on campus. 

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