A Premier Hispanic and Minority Serving Institution

A Premier Hispanic and Minority Serving Institution

The College celebrates its identity as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).  As defined by the federal Higher Education Act, MSI means that John Jay is an institution whose enrollment of underrepresented groups exceeds 50 percent of the total enrollment, and HSI means that the enrollment of Hispanic students exceeds 25 percent. At John Jay, nearly 40 percent of the student population is Hispanic, and more than 20 percent identify as Black.

2017 College RankingsJohn Jay has recently been ranked among the top five multicultural and inclusive colleges in New York City in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education (THE) College Rankings. John Jay is #10 for diversity among colleges in the entire Northeast. This year, a report by the Education Trust also ranked John Jay College #3 for the graduation rates of Black students among top-performing colleges and universities. John Jay is also listed in the top 10 nationally in intergenerational mobility of students by the Equality of Opportunity Project. The mobility rate shows the share of students who came from a lower-income family and ended up in a higher-income family.

With a student body that represents more than 130 nationalities, John Jay’s diverse community is evident beyond the rankings.  Almost half of the students are the first in their families to go to college. John Jay’s inclusive campus fosters a rich environment for learning about important topics, engaging in hands-on research and working towards solutions to major national and global issues.

John Jay hosts several signature programs to improve graduation rates and foster a meaningful college experience: The Urban Male Initiative program provides support for the most underrepresented groups, specifically African American and Latino males. Apple Corps, Service Corps, and the Honors Program offer experiential learning opportunities to ensure undergraduate success and prepare tomorrow’s leaders. The SEEK Program provides four years of mentoring and support designed to assist students who are both academically and financially disadvantaged.

Adelante ProgramJohn Jay also supports student success with programs such as Adelante!, the Pre-Law Institute, the Ronald H. Brown Law School Prep Program, and the Program for Research Initiatives in Science and Math (PRISM). The McNair Scholars Program, made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, provides workshops and mentoring to prepare low-income, first generation students, and students from underrepresented populations, for graduate school admission and eventual doctoral study.

Explore the many Diversity initiatives that are under way at the College – with the support of the Diversity Committee – and take advantage of the resources available, from policies to programs.