Hispanic Student College Institute is First of Its Kind

With the launch of its summer Hispanic Student College Institute (HSCI), Montclair State — designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution — took a leadership role in preparing the fastest-growing college-bound demographic for college and post-graduate success.

Students of Hispanic Student College Institute raising hands in air with performers on stage doing the same in front of them.

More than 200 high school juniors from across the nation attended the three-day institute in August. A mix of empowerment activities, college-planning workshops, a college fair, mock college interviews and hands-on career guidance encouraged participants to “think big” about their futures. Participants are eligible for scholarships and received certificates of completion to include on their resumes.

“The HSCI provided these high-performing students with the tools they need to thrive in a college environment and make an impact at any institution they choose to attend,” says Vice President for Student Development and Campus Life Karen Pennington.

“Navigating the college preparation and search process can be daunting, particularly for students who are the first in their families to attend college,” says Director of Undergraduate Admissions Jeffrey Indiveri-Gant. “Our goal was to help participants get a jump-start on preparing for college. We hope many of them will ultimately decide that Montclair State is where their future begins.”