The National Hispanic University (NHU)

National Hispanic University

NHU students acquire the knowledge, real-world skills and competitive advantage they need to become tomorrow’s leaders.

NHU graduation

The university’s mission is to make postsecondary education accessible so more students can pursue their dreams.

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Since 1981, the National Hispanic University (NHU) has provided top-quality higher education to Hispanic students and others who work, teach and interact with Hispanic communities. The university’s mission is to make postsecondary education accessible so more students can pursue their dreams. Students are supported in a multicultural and collaborative learning environment that is based on Familia, a personalized approach that fosters students’ success through mutual respect in a culturally relevant environment.

At NHU, students acquire the essential knowledge, real-world skills and competitive advantage they need to become tomorrow’s leaders.

The university was founded in San José, California, by the late Dr. B. Roberto Cruz, who dedicated his life to making educational opportunities available to Hispanics and members of other underrepresented groups. 

Visit the university’s website at www.nhu.edu.

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The National Hispanic University offers a diverse portfolio of online and campus-based undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in business, teacher education, child development and computer science.

The National Hispanic University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

The National Hispanic University has approval from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to recommend qualified candidates for the Multiple-Subject, Single-Subject (English, math, science, social science, P.E., art and Spanish), and Mild to Moderate Education Specialist Teaching Credentials, as well as for Crosscultural Language and Academic Development Certificates, and Bilingual Authorizations.

NHU has state approval for the Multiple Subjects California Subject Examinations for Teachers waiver.

The National Hispanic University works to promote college success for at-risk students through programs such as the Early University Program, which allows high school students to take NHU courses to earn college credit and gain experience, and the Madre-a-Madre program, which connects mothers of local children with mothers of NHU students to help them navigate the college admission process. NHU also offers federally funded TRIO programs that help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.

NHU plays an active role in the San José community, and students and faculty participate in a number of local events and festivals, including the Día de los Muertos Festival, Azteca New Year and the José Valdés Math Institute Walk for Higher Education.

The NHU debate team develops skilled orators and debaters and won the first National Undergraduate Bioethics Bowl in 2008 and the California Regional Ethics Bowl championship in 2006.

Recent notable speakers on campus include internationally acclaimed Mexican author Elena Poniatowska, former NASA astronaut José Hernández and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa.