Minority-Serving Institution

What is MSI?

Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) are U.S colleges and universities that enroll a high percentage of minority students. Because minority populations have experienced disproportionate barriers to higher education, the federal government provides financial support through various titles of the Higher Education Act. MSIs include Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), as well as colleges and universities with high enrollments of Native Americans, Asian Americans and Native American Pacific Islanders, and Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians.

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UNLV Designated AANAPISI, HSI, and MSI Institution

In 2012, The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) achieved designation from the Department of Education as a Title III & Title V Minority Serving Institution (MSI).  In 2015, UNLV achieved designations as an Asian-American and Native-American, Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).

Qualification for these designations requires that institutions meet specific primary indicators that include diversity of the student body by race and ethnicity and students qualifying for federal assistance under Federal Pell Grant, Federal College Work Study, Federal Perkins Loan or Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant.

What does this mean for UNLV?

UNLV embraces and promotes the diversity of its students, and has demonstrated its commitment and support through its comprehensive academic and campus life programs and initiatives. The federal AANAPISI, HSI, and MSI designations affirm this work and entitle the university to compete for grants under Title III & Title V of the Higher Education Act.

In 2020, UNLV received its third Title III AANAPISI Part A grant that will serve more than 1,000 UNLV students (low-income, first-generation, and those who need academic support) over the five-year grant period. The goal of AANAPISI is to increase retention, persistence, and completion rates, and to expand UNLV’s capacity to offer web-based undergraduate courses in computer science. Key services include academic tutoring; counseling (i.e., academic; undergraduate financial-aid; career; and graduate/professional-school admissions and financial-aid); frequent, ongoing academic-progress monitoring; and financial-literacy instruction.

UNLV was awarded Nevada’s first Title III grant in 2015 (AANAPISI Part A) and received a second grant (AANAPISI Part F) in 2016. instruction. To learn more about the grant, visit The Center.

UNLV Statistics

About 63 percent of UNLV students identify as a racial or ethnic minority. Of that, Hispanic students make up the largest minority undergraduate student group at UNLV at 28.8 percent.

MSI Task Force

The MSI Task Force provides institutional leadership and support for establishing UNLV as a leading Minority Serving Institution. The committee includes representatives from various administrative and academic units across the campus and is responsible for organizing a variety of programs and initiatives to support students and faculty of color as well as others underrepresented in higher education.