Hostos Community College, located in the South Bronx neighborhood of New York, is one of seven community colleges in the City University of New York (CUNY) public university system. Hostos was established to meet the needs of the large Hispanic and Puerto Rican community in the Bronx. Initially operating on the grounds of a defunct factory, the college’s first students began taking classes in 1970. The school eventually moved to a larger site to accommodate its growing number of students.
Over three quarters of Hostos students are Hispanic and the college was the first bilingual institution of higher education in the country. To this day, a large number of classes are offered in Spanish. English and English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction is also available.
The school is reportedly the only institution of higher education in the United States named for a Puerto Rican, the educator / writer Eugenio Maria de Hostos.