When founded in 1981, The National Hispanic University was housed in a two-room building on East 14th Street in Oakland. The facility provided space for 155 students, 12 staff, and adjunct faculty. In September 1990, the Oakland campus moved to 262 Grand Avenue, Oakland, in a larger and safer facility. Simultaneously, as the result of a Board of Trustees recommendation and in keeping with the goal of offering post-secondary education to more Hispanics, NHU opened its San Jose campus on East Gish Road. San Jose was chosen as a site because it is home to the third largest Hispanic population in California, and tenth largest in the nation. In the fall of 1994, NHU relocated to its current 11-acre campus on Story Road in East San Jose.
The existing San Jose campus consists of administrative, faculty, and student services offices, classrooms of varied sizes, an auditorium, a library, and a student lounge. The Center for College Success (CCS) provides academic support to students in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics and study skills. In addition, the university also houses computer laboratories.
The construction of the new campus was completed in Fall 2004 and includes a 3-story, 65,000 square foot learning facility, plaza/amphitheatre and athletic field. The new learning facility will have 18 classrooms, 2 science laboratories, 2 computer laboratories, a new SAAC, administrative office space and a library.