Education in the City: 10 Urban MSIs

Some of the most vibrant MSIs are located in the nation’s urban cities, offering students access to a diversity of cultural and professional experiences. Today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up highlights 10 urban colleges and universities. 

1) CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) – AANAPISI/HSI


Founded in 1964 and located in the Big Apple, BMCC serves a student body of approximately 35,000 students hailing from 155 countries.

2) California State University, Northridge – AANAPISI/HSI

Cal State Northridge

Cal State, Northridge boasts about 38,000 undergraduate and graduate students located on 356-acres in the urban mecca of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley.

3) Clark Atlanta University – HBCU


Clark Atlanta is located at the heart of downtown metro Atlanta with a primarily Black student population of approximately 3,500 students. It came to exist in 1988 as the result of the consolation of Atlanta University, the nation’s first institution to award graduate degrees to African Americans, and Clark College, the nation’s first four-year liberal arts college.

4) Howard University – HBCU

Howard Pic 2

Founded in 1867, Howard serves more than 10,000 students and is located two miles from the nation’s capitol in Washington D.C. Howard produces more minority doctoral students in computer science than any other university in the U.S.

5) Los Angeles City College – AANAPISI/HSI


Los Angeles City College is a two-year public college serving nearly 19,000 students in the east corner of Hollywood, just minutes from Hollywood shopping and entertainment, Universal Studio’s CityWalk, and Downtown Los Angeles.

6) Miami Dade College – HSI

Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College first opened its doors amidst desegregation during the 1960s and the influx of thousands Cuban refugees. Back then, it was known as Dade County Junior College. Currently, it serves more than 165,000 students across its seven campuses.

7) Morgan State University (MSU) – HBCU


Including undergraduate and graduate students, MSU serves almost 8,000 students in Baltimore, Maryland. It was originally founded as the Centenary Biblical Institute in the late-19th century and became Morgan College in 1890.

8) New Jersey City University (NJCU) – HSI


Approximately 8,400 students attend NJCU.  Located in a bustling urban environment close to the Jersey City waterfront, NJCU exposes its students to many academic opportunities.

9) Pierce College – PBI

Peirce College

Pierce College’s primarily focuses on adult learners in the Philadelphia area. Founded in 1865, it currently serves more than 2,000 students.

10) University of Houston, Downtown (UHD) – HSI


University of Houston, Downtown is in the heart of Houston, where its vibrant city atmosphere attracts over 13,000 students. UHD was founded in 1974 in the fourth largest city in the country.

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