Message From The President

Welcome to Hostos Community College! The Fall 2020 semester beckons us back to a place that is dynamic and caring. It is a joy for me to offer words of welcome and encouragement. You are here! The pandemic has not stopped your determination to bring new meaning and opportunity to your life. Education is the means to move forward, to engage in your own growth and that of your family and dear ones. Your education will have a positive impact on the communities that support you. Degree or certificate in hand, you in turn will contribute in important ways to their continued progress.

The College, with its bridge across the Grand Concourse, has provided a path to a brighter future for over five decades and served as a source of life-transforming education. This fall will find us continuing on that path by means of a number of modalities – completely online, asynchronous or synchronous, hybrid or in person. Whatever the method, our priorities are your health and safety as you pursue a quality education.

Hostos Community College takes pride in its history and in its namesake: Don Eugenio María de Hostos, the Puerto Rican philosopher, educator, man of letters and fighter for the independence of Puerto Rico. The College arose from the vision and activism of many Puerto Rican, Latino, and other supporters who believed the South Bronx deserved its own community college. We take pride in the quality of teaching and learning at the College, and in our work with community agencies to promote educational, labor, economic and community development initiatives. To that end, we offer programs designed to promote engagement both on campus and in our communities.

The Hostos catalogue presents a rich offering of career and academic programs, including allied health, arts, digital design and animation, education, engineering, liberal arts and sciences, theater arts, and many other disciplines. Our talented and highly accomplished faculty, staff and administrators support the dreams and goals for those who are just beginning their college careers as well as those who are continuing their studies. We are here to help you dream big – and to realize those dreams.

A new academic year brings exciting new opportunities for students. The entire Hostos family joins me in welcoming you to what will be a challenging and rewarding experience.



Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D.