Transfer Planning

Transfer Planning

Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs)

Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) are comprised of colleges and universities in the U.S. that serve large populations of minority students.  While each MSI has a unique history and purpose, all MSIs share a common commitment to educate underrepresented minorities in higher education and to the academic success of students of color.

Some MSIs are located in remote areas of the country while others can be found in urban neighborhoods and cities.  Many of these institutions were created to provide postsecondary educational opportunities to students who previously were denied access to a quality education

MSIs receive federal designation by the U.S. Department of Education and include but are not limited to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AAPISIs)


Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) include 89 four-year, and 16 two-year, institutions of higher education established prior to 1964, for the primary purpose of educating African-Americans.  The majority of the 105 HBCUs are located in the Southeastern states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands.  HBCUs comprise 3 percent of America's institutions of higher education, yet enroll 16 percent of all African-American students in higher education and award 24 percent of all baccalaureate degrees earned by African-Americans nationwide (Source: U.S. Department of Energy)

The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher education (NAFEO) is an organization of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs). Founded in 1969, NAFEO represents the presidents and chancellors of diverse black colleges and universities. NAFEO serves as international voice and advocate for preservation and enhancement of HBCUs and PBIs and for blacks in higher education.

Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) are defined by federal law (the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), Title V, 2008) as accredited, degree-granting, public or private nonprofit institutions of higher education with 25% or more total undergraduate Hispanic full-time equivalent student enrollment.  The number of HSIs is subject to change each year based on annual changes in college enrollment. 

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) represents nearly 450 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America, Spain and Portugal.  HACU mission includes a commitment to improving access to and the quality of post-secondary educational opportunities for Hispanic students.

Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) were created in response to the higher education needs of American Indians and generally serve geographically isolated populations that have no other means accessing education beyond the high school level. TCUs have become increasingly important to educational opportunity for native American students and are unique institutions that combine personal attention with cultural relevance to encourage American Indians—especially those living on reservations—to overcome the barriers they face to higher education. (Source: AIHEC website)

Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) are recognized as one of several federally designated Minority Serving Institution (MSI) programs that was established by Congress in 2007 as part of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act. AANAPISIs are located in AAPI communities that face a number of challenges and are critical sites for serving low-income AAPI students and supporting degree attainment among AAPI students. 

Disclaimer:  The final responsibility for successful transfer rests with the student.  The information posted on the De Anza College Transfer Planning Website is designed to assist you in obtaining the most accurate information possible.  However, this information is subject to change without notice, which may subsequently impact your admission to the University.

Students are encouraged to meet as early as possible and periodically with a counselor or academic adviser both at De Anza College and at the transfer institution to confirm your choice of classes.

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Last Updated: 12/11/17