The National Hispanic University (NHU)

National Hispanic University

Located in Silicon Valley, NHU was founded in 1981 to enable Hispanics, other minorities, women, and others to earn a degree or certificate through a multicultural learning experience

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Located in Silicon Valley, NHU was founded in 1981 to enable Hispanics, other minorities, women, and others to earn a degree or certificate through a multicultural learning experience

logo_National Hispanic UniversityFor 30 years, The National Hispanic University (NHU) has provided Hispanic students and others who work, teach, and interact with Hispanic communities with access to quality higher education. The university’s mission is to provide accessible postsecondary education so that 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 and cultura.

NHU’s culturally relevant programs give Latinos and others interacting with and supporting the Hispanic community the essential knowledge, real-world skills, and competitive advantage they will need to become leaders.

The university was founded in 1981 by the late Dr. B. Roberto Cruz, who dedicated his life to making educational opportunities available to Hispanics and members of other underrepresented groups. 

The university's website can be found 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 (WASC), www.wascsenior.org.

The National Hispanic University has approval from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) 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 and BCLAD/CLAD certificates.

NHU has state approval for the Multiple Subjects California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) 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 is an active part of 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.