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A History of Growth

Since our founding in 1981, The National Hispanic University grew from a two-room building in Oakland, California, to an 11-acre campus in East San José. Chosen for its proximity to the third largest Hispanic population in California, the San José campus featured a three-story, 65,000-square-foot learning facility with 18 classrooms, two science laboratories, two computer laboratories, a library, a Student Academic Assistance Center, administrative offices, a plaza/amphitheater, and athletic fields.

A Future of Service to the Community

With the decision to cease offering programs following the 2014–2015 academic year, the NHU Board of Directors, the NHU Foundation, and Laureate Education have committed to ensuring that the NHU campus continues to serve the educational needs of San José and the broader Hispanic community.

Moving forward with that commitment, the NHU campus will now house:

  • The Center for Latino Education and Innovation, an alliance between the NHU Foundation and Santa Clara University's School of Education and Counseling Psychology and supported by Laureate, to create a unique "pre-K to college educational pipeline" with a concentration on educational achievement, attainment and advancement.
  • A new teacher academy, through a collaboration among the NHU Foundation, part owner of NHU; Laureate Education; and Santa Clara University to offer current NHU students or new students the opportunity to earn both their teacher credential and Master of Arts in Teaching.
  • The Latino College Preparatory Academy, a bilingual charter school for English language learners co-founded by NHU and the East Side Union High School District.
  • The Luis Valdez Leadership Academy, a charter high school for students in the San José community.