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In light of the COVID19 pandemic, many schools have adopted test-optional or test-blind policies. These colleges let students decide whether or not to submit standardized test scores (SAT and ACT) as part of their application. Test-blind schools do not consider SAT or ACT scores at all. Find below our rankings of the best test-optional Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) in the U.S. 

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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Degree premium: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state. This is called “Vs. state average” in school profiles below.

Ranking: The payback rate is divided by the degree premium (set as a percentage), the lower the number the higher the rank. (i.e. payback=1, degree premium 20% higher than state school median: 1/120% = .883.

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#1 in Hispanic Colleges

CUNY Lehman College

Bronx, New York

Admission rate: 48%

Grad rate: 59%

Net cost: $1,814

Payback: Under 6 months

Earnings: $51,661

Vs. state average: - $4,029

Economic score: 0.35

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#2 in Hispanic Colleges

CUNY City College

New York, New York

Admission rate: 51%

Grad rate: 54%

Net cost: $2,385

Payback: Under 6 months

Earnings: $55,741

Vs. state average: + $51

Economic score: 0.37

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#3 in Hispanic Colleges

CUNY Hunter College

New York, New York

Admission rate: 41%

Grad rate: 55%

Net cost: $2,490

Payback: Under 6 months

Earnings: $55,713

Vs. state average: + $23

Economic score: 0.38

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#4 in Hispanic Colleges

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

New York, New York

Admission rate: 38%

Grad rate: 54%

Net cost: $2,532

Payback: Under 6 months

Earnings: $50,491

Vs. state average: - $5,199

Economic score: 0.49

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#5 in Hispanic Colleges

CUNY Queens College

Queens, New York

Admission rate: 54%

Grad rate: 57%

Net cost: $3,067

Payback: Under a year

Earnings: $54,742

Vs. state average: - $948

Economic score: 0.51

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#6 in Hispanic Colleges

California State University-Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

Admission rate: 77%

Grad rate: 65%

Net cost: $2,768

Payback: Under a year

Earnings: $51,997

Vs. state average: + $1,318

Economic score: 0.54

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#7 in Hispanic Colleges

Texas A & M International University

Laredo, Texas

Admission rate: 59%

Grad rate: 53%

Net cost: $3,074

Payback: Under a year

Earnings: $46,823

Vs. state average: + $1,876

Economic score: 0.64

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#9 in Hispanic Colleges

University of California-Irvine

Irvine, California

Admission rate: 30%

Grad rate: 86%

Net cost: $14,783

Payback: 1.3 Years

Earnings: $71,961

Vs. state average: + $21,282

Economic score: 0.93

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#10 in Hispanic Colleges

California State University-Bakersfield

Bakersfield, California

Admission rate: 79%

Grad rate: 57%

Net cost: $5,318

Payback: 1.0 Years

Earnings: $52,606

Vs. state average: + $1,927

Economic score: 0.97

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#11 in Hispanic Colleges

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Socorro, New Mexico

Admission rate: 97%

Grad rate: 56%

Net cost: $14,595

Payback: 1.6 Years

Earnings: $64,650

Vs. state average: + $25,475

Economic score: 0.99

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#12 in Hispanic Colleges

California State University-Stanislaus

Turlock, California

Admission rate: 90%

Grad rate: 70%

Net cost: $6,019

Payback: 1.1 Years

Earnings: $53,964

Vs. state average: + $3,285

Economic score: 0.99

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#13 in Hispanic Colleges

California State University-Fresno

Fresno, California

Admission rate: 91%

Grad rate: 68%

Net cost: $5,464

Payback: 1.0 Years

Earnings: $52,201

Vs. state average: + $1,522

Economic score: 1.01

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#14 in Hispanic Colleges

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Edinburg, Texas

Admission rate: 83%

Grad rate: 60%

Net cost: $4,514

Payback: 1.1 Years

Earnings: $45,895

Vs. state average: + $948

Economic score: 1.06

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#15 in Hispanic Colleges

California State University-Dominguez Hills

Carson, California

Admission rate: 82%

Grad rate: 64%

Net cost: $4,215

Payback: 1.0 Years

Earnings: $47,340

Vs. state average: - $3,339

Economic score: 1.09

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#16 in Hispanic Colleges

Rutgers University-Newark

Newark, New Jersey

Admission rate: 75%

Grad rate: 71%

Net cost: $14,109

Payback: 1.6 Years

Earnings: $65,661

Vs. state average: + $20,038

Economic score: 1.14

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#17 in Hispanic Colleges

University of California-Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California

Admission rate: 37%

Grad rate: 85%

Net cost: $15,884

Payback: 1.6 Years

Earnings: $66,491

Vs. state average: + $15,812

Economic score: 1.23

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#18 in Hispanic Colleges

California State University-Fullerton

Fullerton, California

Admission rate: 68%

Grad rate: 77%

Net cost: $7,991

Payback: 1.3 Years

Earnings: $54,586

Vs. state average: + $3,907

Economic score: 1.25

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#19 in Hispanic Colleges

California State University-Long Beach

Long Beach, California

Admission rate: 43%

Grad rate: 79%

Net cost: $9,622

Payback: 1.5 Years

Earnings: $57,123

Vs. state average: + $6,444

Economic score: 1.29

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#20 in Hispanic Colleges

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

Pomona, California

Admission rate: 65%

Grad rate: 77%

Net cost: $12,734

Payback: 1.6 Years

Earnings: $63,732

Vs. state average: + $13,053

Economic score: 1.30

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#21 in Hispanic Colleges

San Jose State University

San Jose, California

Admission rate: 68%

Grad rate: 75%

Net cost: $14,928

Payback: 1.8 Years

Earnings: $67,365

Vs. state average: + $16,686

Economic score: 1.34

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