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.

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 is now competing for grants under Title III & Title V of the Higher Education Act.  To be competitive, we must be able to show institutional commitment and support for these student populations.

UNLV Statistics

51 percent of undergrads reported being part of a racial or ethnic minority. Of that, Hispanic students make up the largest minority undergraduate student group at UNLV at 19 percent.

MSI Task Force

The MSI Task Force provides institutional oversight, leadership, and support for establishing UNLV as a leading Title III and Title V - Minority Serving Institution. The task force includes representatives from the following organizations.

  • Office of Diversity Initiatives
  • Office of the Provost
  • Office of the President
  • Division of Student Affairs
  • Academic Success Center
  • Office of Decision Support
  • Honors College
  • Graduate College
  • Multicultural Programs for Engineering, Sciences & Allied Health
  • Sciences/Nursing
  • Faculty Leadership
  • Student Leadership
  • Community & Industry Leadership