A Closer Look at 8 Private MSIs

by Carol Sandoval

Minority Serving Institutions come in all shapes, sizes, and types. One main difference amongst MSIs is whether they classify as private or public MSIs. This small detail dictates the funding sources, class size, cost of attendance, etc. of the institution. Private schools are known for having smaller class sizes and greater tuition compared to their public counterparts. However, often times, they have greater funding resources to make college more affordable for their students. In today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up, we highlight 8 private Minority Serving Institutions with financial aid that covers more than 50% of tuition, according to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.*

*All data is based on information for 2014-15 full-time beginning undergraduate students.

1) St. John’s University, New York (AANAPISI)—Queens, NY

Undergraduate Tuition: $38,680

Average Amount of Aid Received in Grants/Scholarships: $24,362

Average Percentage of Tuition Covered: 63.0%

2) Salish Kootenai College (TCU)—Pablo, MT

Undergraduate Tuition: $4,191 (in-district)

Average Amount of Aid Received in Grants/Scholarships: $4,841

Average Percentage of Tuition Covered: More than 100%!

3) Rust College (HBCU)—Holly Springs, MS

Undergraduate Tuition: $9,286

Average Amount of Aid Received in Grants/Scholarships: $5,836

Average Percentage of Tuition Covered: 62.8%

 4) Philander Smith College (HBCU)—Little Rock, AR

Undergraduate Tuition: $12,564

Average Amount of Aid Received in Grants/Scholarships: $10,507

Average Percentage of Tuition Covered: 83.6%

5) University of Southern California (AANAPISI)—Los Angeles, CA

Undergraduate Tuition: $48,280

Average Amount of Aid Received in Grants/Scholarships: $33,178

Average Percentage of Tuition Covered: 68.7%

6) St. Thomas University (HSI)—Miami Gardens, FL

Undergraduate Tuition: $27,150

Average Amount of Aid Received in Grants/Scholarships: $16,111

Average Percentage of Tuition Covered: 59.3%

7) Martin University (PBI)—Indianapolis, IN

Undergraduate Tuition: $11,960

Average Amount of Aid Received in Grants/Scholarships: $10,975

Average Percentage of Tuition Covered: 91.8%

8) St. Augustine’s University (HBCU)—Raleigh, NC

Undergraduate Tuition: $17,890

Average Amount of Aid Received in Grants/Scholarships: $10,507

Average Percentage of Tuition Covered: 58.7%


Know more information about other private MSIs? Share in the comments below!

5 MSIs Studying Sustainability Across the World

by Jillian Cener

Do you do your part to help preserve the beauty and health of our planet? The following 5 Minority Serving Institutions are supporting their students in learning about sustainability and contributing to making the world a better place. Today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up celebrates institutions that take their commitment to sustainability across the world!

1) ) Sustainability in Copenhagen: Santa Monica College (AANAPISI/HSI)—Santa Monica, CA

Copenhagen, Denmark is known for its sustainability and environmentally friendly initiatives, such as using bikes and public transportation. Santa Monica College took its students on a trip to this vibrant city over Spring Break to learn about its history, politics, and sustainability efforts. Click here for more information.

2) Art, Community, and the Environment in Mexico – San Jose State University (AANAPISI)

Students at San Jose State University will travel to Oaxaca, Mexico this summer for an alternative summer break. While on the trip, students will work with the Ecoalebrijes Artisan Association to create a healthy local economy, keeping art, the community, and the environment in mind. Click here for more information.

3) Environment and Culture in Australia and New Zealand – New Mexico State University (HSI)

For students at New Mexico State University looking for a short summer trip, they need to look no further than the faculty-led trip to Australia and New Zealand. Students on the trip will examine issues regarding the interplay of the environment and culture for people who live in the Pacific Islands. Click here for more information.

4) Environmental Science in Bolivia – Broward College (HSI)

Honors College students at Broward College got to spend their spring semester in a unique way. The first half of the semester was spent studying environmental science, followed by a spring break trip to Santa Cruz, Bolivia, where students spent the week giving back to the community. Upon returning from the trip, students completed the semester by enrolling in an interdisciplinary studies course. Click here for more information.

5) Park Restoration in Oklahoma – University of Houston (AANAPISI)

For University of Houston students who wanted to help the environment not too far from home, this spring break trip provided opportunities to clean up and restore Lake Murray State Park in Ardmore, OK. As Oklahoma’s first and largest state park, there were plenty of opportunities for students to contribute to the upkeep and sustainability of the park. Click here for more information.

Do you know any other MSIs making strides to preserve our planet? Let us know in the comment section below!

Neuroscience Studies at MSIs

by Carol Sandoval

Minority Serving Institutions around the world are increasing the number of racially minoritized students in STEM majors. More specifically, MSIs are excelling and offering new majors, including neuroscience. Now is an exciting time to learn about neuroscience and how our day-to-day decisions have a biological basis. Here are 6 MSIs with neurobiology majors!

1) Neuroscience: University of Southern California (AANAPISI)—Los Angeles, CA

USC has three different neuroscience options: Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience, and Bachelor of Science in Computational Neuroscience.

2) Neuroscience: Universidad Central del Caribe (HSI)—Bayamón, PR

Universidad Central de Bayamón | Universidad con sentido Humano

Recently founded, the department of Neuroscience at UCC offers Bachelor’s in Science, Master’s in Science, M.D., and Ph.D. Additionally, it offers “high-end facilities and equipment for multidisciplinary investigations of the nerve structure and function. This includes sophisticated instrumentation for tracing fluorescent molecular markers in live neurons and for the study of neuronal substructures at the sub-cellular and macromolecular level.”

3) Neurobiology and Behavior: University of California, Irvine (AANAPISI)—Irvine, CA

The major at UC Irvine “will help the students to develop their analytical and reasoning skills by exposing them, in depth, to the complex but fundamental research issues of experimental design and data interpretation.”

4) Neuroscience: University of California, Riverside (AANAPISI/HSI)—Riverside, CA

The Neuroscience major at UC Riverside covers a vast amount of information including “neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neurochemistry in human and other animals; neural mechanisms underlying sensory system function and perception; neural organization of behavior; development of the nervous system; and neural mechanisms of learning and memory.”

5) Neuroscience: University of Illinois at Chicago (AANAPISI)—Chicago, IL

The Neuroscience major at University of Illinois at Chicago is a “joint program sponsored by the Departments of Biological Sciences and Psychology with the support of Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience (LIN) faculty from the Departments of Chemistry and Philosophy.”

6) Neuroscience and Cognitive Science: University of Maryland, College Park (AANAPISI)—College Park, MD

Although the University of Maryland, College Park does not have a Neuroscience major, it does offer a Neuroscience minor, which provides an introduction to the field of neuroscience and its research methodology.


Know of any more Minority Serving Institutions that offer Neuroscience-related majors? Share in the comments below!

5 Famous STEM Inventors from MSIs

by Aisha Bowen

As we engage in activities and life responsibilities day to day, does it ever cross your mind who were the masterminds that created the things you use every day? Interestingly, a large majority of these inventors received their training at MSIs. Today’s Monday Morning Line Up highlights 5 inventors in STEM from MSIs.

1) CUNY Hunter College (AANAPISI)—New York City, NY

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patricia bathDr. Patricia Bath (1942– )

Dr Patricia Bath is the first African American to complete her residency in ophthalmology. Her most well-known invention, the Laserphaco Probe (1986), involved laser technology, where the device created a less painful and more precise treatment of cataracts. Bath received a patent for her invention, the Laserphaco Probe, in 1988. With this invention, she took the title of the first African-American female doctor to receive a patent for this type of medical purpose. Bath is a two-time MSI graduate, earning her Bachelors degree from Hunter College (AANAPISI) in 1964 and graduating from Howard University Medical School.

For more information, click here.

2) Fisk University (HBCU)—Nashville, TN

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Otis Boykin (1920-1982)

Otis Boykin graduated from Fisk University (then known as Fisk College) with a Bachelors degree in 1941. He is most famous for his 1959 invention of a wire precision resistor. The resistor allowed for specific amounts of current to flow through for a specific purpose and would be used in radios and televisions. He also created another resistor that could be manufactured very inexpensively.

For more information, click here.

3) Southern University and A&M College (HBCU)—Baton Rouge, LA


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Dr. Betty Harris (1940–   )

Dr. Betty Harris is a three-time MSI graduate! She received her Bachelors of Science from Southern University, Master of Science from Atlanta University (now combined to make Clark Atlanta University), and her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico (HSI). Dr. Harris is an expert in the chemistry of explosives. Harris invented a spot test for discovering explosives in a field environment.

For more, click here and here.

 4) Howard University (HBCU)—Washington, D.C.


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George Edward Alcorn, Jr. (1940–   )

George Alcorn has many impressive credentials but is most famous for his innovation of the imaging x-ray spectrometer. This device “helps scientists better understand what materials are composed of when they cannot be broken down” (source). Alcorn received the NASA Inventor of the Year Award for this amazing invention. Alcorn received his Masters of Science in Nuclear physics in 1963 from Howard University (HBCU) and also held faculty positions at two MSIs: Howard University (HBCU) and the University of the District of Columbia (HBCU).

For more information, click here.

5) Morgan State University (HBCU)—Baltimore, MD


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Valerie Thomas (1943–   )

Valerie Thomas completed her undergraduate studies at Morgan State University and was one of only two women at Morgan to major in physics. She graduated from Morgan and accepted a position as a data analyst at NASA. In 1980, Thomas invented the “illusion transmitter which produces optical illusion images via two concave mirrors” (source). This invention was adopted by NASA, for use in surgery, and for advancing television and video screens.

For more information, click here.

Who are some more inventors, either in STEM or not, who graduated from Minority Serving Institutions? Share in the comments below!

7 MSIs with Summer Bridge Programs

by Jillian Cener

While the summer is a time for many people to relax and unwind, today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up showcases students working hard to prepare for the fall semester! These seven MSIs have summer bridge programs that help incoming first-year students acclimate to campus life and get a head start on earning credits. Way to go, students – we see your hard work and determination!

1) Florida International University (HSI) – Miami, FL


The Golden Scholars Bridge Program at FIU is a summer program for first-generation college students. These students will live on campus for six weeks during the summer, getting an early start on their college career. Successful completion of the summer program will allow students to enroll as Golden Scholars in the university for the fall semester.

2) California State University, Northridge (HSI) – Northridge, CA

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CSUN’s Summer Bridge program is designed to support at-risk African American and Chicano/Latino students from the Los Angeles area. These students will spend six weeks on campus the summer before their first semester, where they can take classes with the Pan African Studies Department. During this time, students will also learn skills necessary for college success, like budgeting and time management.

3) San Francisco State University (AANAPISI) – San Francisco, CA


As part of the Educational Opportunity Program, SFSU will invite 100 students to participate in an eight-week Summer Bridge Program. Though this program is not residential, students will have the opportunity to get acclimated to campus and the resources that are available to them. The goal of this program is to allow participants “to formulate a strong sense of belonging and connectedness to EOP and the university.”

4) University of Texas at Arlington (AANAPISI/HSI) – Arlington, TX


UT Arlington’s Summer Bridge program is specifically designed for students who do not meet automatic admission requirements, but still show great potential for success. As part of the program, students will complete six credit hours of math and English over the summer. After successful completion in the summer, students can go on to take ten credit hours in their fall semester, and then become a full-time student with fifteen credit hours in the spring.

5) University of New Mexico (AANAPISI/HSI) – Albuquerque, NM


The UNM Division of Student Affairs, together with American Indian Student Services, provides an American Indian Summer Bridge Program to help incoming American Indian freshmen prepare for life on campus. The five-week program contains a residential program, college coursework, and skill-building.

6) Jackson State University (HBCU) – Jackson, MS


JSU’s Bridge to the Future program was created to increase the number of STEM graduates and decrease the time it takes to graduate for program participants. Each year, 130 students take courses in math and science, while also participating in cultural activities throughout the two summer sessions.

7) Clayton State University (PBI) – Morrow, GA


CSU offers a 4.5-week Bridge Program for students as an opportunity to learn about campus resources, while also earning course credit. Participants of the program will benefit from workshops on academic skills and leadership development, individualized advising, and an optional residential experience. Successful completion of the program allows students to return in the fall semester.

Do you know any other MSIs helping incoming students prepare over the summer? Let us know in the comment section below!


4 MSIs Recognized as Top Entrepreneur Colleges and Universities

by Carol Sandoval

Each year, entrepreneur.com publishes a list of top 25 institutions that have excelled in the field of entrepreneurship.  In the past 5 years, four MSIs have been recognized for their curriculum in educating the top entrepreneurs in the country. Read more about the successes of these MSIs below!

1) University of Houston (HSI)—Houston, TX

The University of Houston has been recognized for its 47 entrepreneur-related undergraduate courses and funding successes. University of Houston alumni have started 116 companies in the past 10 years and have raised more than $35 million in funding.

2) University of Southern California (AANAPISI)—Los Angeles, CA

As a founder of one of the oldest entrepreneur programs in the nation, University of Southern California remains as one of the producers of the most successful entrepreneurs.

3) CUNY Bernard M Baruch College (AANAPISI)—New York, NY

During the academic year, Bernard Baruch students compete in startup competitions and have had many successful outcomes. In 2015, students won over $280,000 with the help of their mentors and school programs.

4) University of Maryland-College Park (AANAPISI)—College Park, MD

The Robert H. School of Business at the University of Maryland has one of the highest number of students enrolled in entrepreneurship classes. Over 6,500 students are enrolled in 64 of the entrepreneurship classes that are offered — such as “Entrepreneurial Finance and Private Equity” and “Experiential Learning in Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship.”

Know of any other Minority Serving Institutions with programs or organizations boosting entrepreneurship? Let us know in the comments below!

5 Dynamic MSI Teacher Education Programs

by Aisha Bowen

Today’s increasingly globalized world needs dynamic leaders with skills in critical thinking, innovation, collaboration and much more. It often falls on the shoulders of educators to teach these skills and prepare children for these roles. Thus, today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up highlights 8 undergraduate teacher education programs that aim to instill these attributes.

1) University of Maryland, College Park (AANAPISI)—College Park, MD


The undergraduate teacher education and certification program at the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park is one of the most well known in the Mid-Atlantic area. Some of UMD’s more unique programs include Middle School Math and Science Education, Special Education (Elementary/Middle School), and a 5-year B.S./M.Ed. combined program in Secondary Education. UMD College Park also aims to develop students’ interpersonal competence, professional conduct, work/task management skills, and analytical reasoning competencies.

For more information, visit here.

2) Howard University (HBCU)Washington, D.C.


While most university certification programs are only at the master’s degree level, Howard University’s unique undergraduate Elementary and Secondary Education programs require students to receive certification prior to graduation. The school also has a robust list of Masters and Ph.D. education programs. Most recently, the school announced a new Ph.D. program in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies (HELPS) which is, “designed to prepare the next generation of educational leaders for the staffing, administration, and management positions for Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).”

Learn more here and here.

3) University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (AANAPISI/AANH)—Honolulu, HI


The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa offers 6 undergraduate teacher education programs. These include Health and Exercise Science, Distance Programs, and even a B.S. in Exceptional Students and Elementary Education. The University’s website offers a survey for students interested in education to narrow down which teacher licensure or undergraduate program is best for them based on their personal interests.

For more information, see here.

4) St. John’s University (AANAPISI)—Jamaica, NY


St. John’s University’s School of Education is committed to “provide programs that enable the school’s students to function effectively and professionally in today’s dynamic, multicultural, multi-ethnic society.” Students enrolled in Elementary or Adolescent Education programs are afforded learning experiences that support their intellectual, professional and moral development.

For more information, see here.

5) University of New Mexico (HSI)—Albuquerque, NM


University of New Mexico’s (UNM) Elementary and Secondary education programs were created to prepare teachers for New Mexico’s diverse demographic of students. This diversity mostly stems from the various linguistic and cultural communities that reside throughout the state. As such, the Elementary Education B.S. program offers three strands of concentration: bilingual education, TESOL, and Special Education.

For more information, see here and here.

Know other Minority Serving Institutions with strong undergraduate teacher education programs? Share your thoughts in the comments below!