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!

5 MSIs Jetsetting Across the World This Summer

by Jillian Cener

Summer is upon us, which means students all over the country are getting ready to embark on a variety of enriching opportunities before the fall semester starts. In today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up, we highlight five Minority Serving Institutions that are taking students on adventures across the globe to experience new sights, sounds, and cultures.

1) Broward College (HSI)—Fort Lauderdale, FL

Culture & Communication in Toronto, Canada


Dr. Daniele Ottati-Reperger will be leading a two-week summer session in Toronto, Canada. Students will earn credits for two courses, “Introduction to Public Speaking” and “Foundations of the Humanities,” as they study Toronto through an interdisciplinary lens. Outside of the classroom, students will also get to visit Niagara Falls, North America’s only castle, and Toronto’s many cultural neighborhoods. Click here for more information.

2) San Diego State University (HSI)—San Diego, CA

Issues and Initiatives Impacting Women in Rural Uganda


Dr. Judy Shepher, who served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Uganda, will be taking students to the country for seventeen day this summer. Students will visit various locations in the country, learning about issues regarding education, health, and poverty. There will also be opportunities for service projects during the trip. Click here for more information.

3) University of Illinois at Chicago (AANAPISI)—Chicago, IL

Social Services Internships in Paris, France


The Director of Internships in Applied Psychology, Kathryn Engel, will be facilitating a month-long session in Paris, France this summer. Students on the trip will complete internships in social service organizations around the city, addressing issues such as homelessness, domestic violence, and challenges faced by incoming refugees. Three days a week will be spent at the internship sites, leaving time for cultural excursions around France. Click here for more information.

4) University of Hawaii at Manoa (AANAPISI)—Honolulu, HI

Japanese Language Study in Kōbe, Japan


Dr. Susan Nakaoka will be serving as the Faculty Resident Director on a six-week journey to Kōbe, Japan. This trip is a perfect way for UHM students to study the Japanese language through intensive classes and experiential learning, thereby fulfilling their foreign language requirement for graduation. Students will be able to further practice the language by staying with Japanese host families! Click here for more information.

5) Clayton State University (PBI)—Morrow, GA

Business in India


Professor John Mascaritolo will direct a May study abroad session to India. Students on this trip will be exposed to Indian culture and history in an effort to better understand the country’s business environment. Besides earning course credits, students will also get to experience excursions to business organizations, cultural sites, and museums. Click here for more information.

How do you plan on spending your time this summer? Share below if you or someone you know will be experiencing a summer abroad!



7 U.S. Congresswomen who Graduated from MSIs

by Tania Irwin

This January was the inauguration of President Donald Trump. What was supposed to be a celebratory occasion, turned sour as protestors dominated the news circuit. The next day, January 20th, approximately 4.8 million women gathered all over the United States to host a Women’s March on Washington. During the march, women participated in the elevation of women empowerment and support. In recognition of their efforts, today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up highlights Congresswomen that graduated from a minority serving institution.

1) Jennifer González: University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras (HSI)—San Juan, PR


Jennifer is Hispanic American and a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico. She was recently elected as the Resident Commissioner of the New Progressive party in Puerto Rico. She will serve as a member of the 115th Congress for the 2017-2019 congressional term.

2) Norma Torres: Mt. San Antonio College (AANAPISI/HSI)—Walnut, CA


Norma is Hispanic American and grew up in Los Angeles, CA, having been born in Escuintla, Guatemala. She was recently re-elected as a Democratic Representative of California. She has served in the 114th Congress (2015-2017) and will serve as a member of the 115th Congress for the 2017-2019 congressional term.

3) Alma Adams: North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University (HBCU)—Greensboro, NC


Alma is African American and from High Point, North Carolina. She was recently re-elected as a Democratic Representative of North Carolina. She has served in the 113th and 114th Congress from 2013-2017 and will serve as a member of the 115th Congress for the 2017-2019 congressional term.

4) Gloria Negrete-McLeod: Chaffey College (HSI)— Rancho Cucamonga, CA


Gloria is Hispanic American and from Los Angeles, California. She has served in the 113th Congress and fulfilled her congressional term from 2013 to 2015. During the course of her 12 years serving in the state legislature she was proud to have sponsored more than 160 bills into law through three different governors.

5) Tammy Duckworth: University of Hawaii at Manoa (AANAPISI/AANH)—Honolulu, HI


Tammy is Asian Pacific American, having grown up in Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, as well as across Southeast Asia due to her family’s international development work. She has served as a Democratic Representative of Illinois in the 113th Congress (2013-2015). She was recently re-elected as a Democratic Senator of Illinois and will serve until the year of 2023.

6) Joyce Beatty: Central State University (HBCU)—Wilberforce, OH


Joyce is African American and a native of Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. She was recently re-elected as a Democratic Representative of Ohio. She has served in the 113th and 114th Congress (2013-2017) and will serve as a member of the 115th Congress for the 2017-2019 congressional term.

7) Colleen Hanabusa: University of Hawaii at Manoa (AANAPISI/AANH)—Honolulu, HI


Colleen is Asian Pacific American and a native of Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii. She was recently re-elected as a Democratic Representative of Hawaii. She has served in the 112th, 113th and 114th Congress (2011-2017) and will serve as a member of the 115th Congress for the 2017-2019 congressional term.

To read more about women of color in Congress, please visit this website.

Do you know any other Congresspeople who graduated from an MSI? Share in the comments below!

7 MSIs with top Engineering Programs in the U.S.

by Will Anyu

In today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up, we would like to highlight MSIs leading the way in Engineering around the nation. Here are seven MSIs ranked in the top 150 engineering programs in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report’s top Engineering Schools.

1) University of California, Irvine (AANAPISI)—Irvine, CA


2) University of California, Riverside (AANAPISI/HSI)—Riverside, CA

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3) University of Houston (AANAPISI)—Houston, TX

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4) University of Texas at Arlington (AANAPISI)—Arlington, TX

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5) Florida A&M University (HBCU)—Tallahassee, FL

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6) University of California, Merced (AANAPISI/HSI)—Merced, CA


7) Florida International University (HSI)—Miami, FL


Are there more MSIs with strong engineering programs? Share in the comments below!

10 MSIs that Award the Most Student Financial Aid

by Heather Caudle

As many students finalize which college they will attend in the fall, financial offerings remain an important factor in college choice. Fortunately, Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) offer financial aid packages that include scholarships, grants, work study programs, and other forms of aid that do not need to repaid. In an effort to make higher education accessible to our students, this week’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up features the top-ranking MSIs that made Best College’s “Best Financial Aid Programs” list last year.

Note: To formulate their original list, Best Colleges selected four-year public universities with enrollments that exceed 10,000 students. Additionally, each school participates in the federal financial aid program known as Title IV. These federal aid options will be available at every school on our list for students who have a family income under $48,000 and submitted a Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

1) The University of Texas- Pan American (HSI)Edinburg, TX


2) California State University- Dominguez Hills (AANAPISI/HSI)—Carson, CA


3) CUNY Lehman College (HSI)—Bronx, NY


4) CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice (HSI)— Manhattan, NY


5) CUNY Queens College (AANAPISI)—Flushing, NY


6) CUNY Brooklyn College (AANAPISI)—Brooklyn, NY


7) California State University- Fresno (AANAPISI/HSI)—Fresno, CA


8) The University of Texas at El Paso (HSI)—El Paso, TX


9) CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College (AANAPISI)—Manhattan, NY


10) CUNY City College (AANAPISI/HSI)—New York, NY



To view full list, click here.

Do you know of any other Best MSIs Financial Aid Programs? Share in the comments below!