MSIs by Sector

According to the U.S. Department of Education, in 2015–16, 709 institutions[1] were eligible to apply for federal Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) designation and funding in the United States, its territories, and the District of Columbia. Of this number, almost half (45.3 percent) were public two-year institutions.

Total Number of MSIs, by Sector and Type


U.S. Department of Education, College Scorecard, 2015–16

Institutions were categorized into sectors based upon control of the institution and the length of the predominant award granted.

[1] This report used the College Scorecard to identify institutions that were eligible to apply for federal funding in 2015-16 under Title III and Title V of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. The College Scorecard flagged 718 institutions as eligible to apply for MSI designation and funding. The total number of 709 MSIs includes only institutions that enrolled undergraduate students. Institutions were removed from this total if they did not enroll undergraduate students or if authors could not match enrollment information from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS.)