Heritage University Mission
Heritage University empowers a multi-cultural and inclusive student body to overcome the social, cultural, economic, and geographic barriers that limit access to higher education. Rooted in the homeland of the Yakama Nation, the University embraces transformational student-centered education that cultivates leadership and a commitment to the promotion of a more just society.
At Heritage University students will experience:
- Knowledge of the Physical World and Human Cultures
- Intellectual and Practical Skills
- Personal and Social Responsibility
- Integrative and Applied Learning
Background/History of the University
Under the impetus of two Yakama Nation women, leaders from business, religious, and education communities in the Yakima Valley incorporated as “Heritage College.”
Heritage College began offering undergraduate and graduate degrees
Heritage College was designated Heritage University
Heritage University is accredited by:
- Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
- National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Lab Sciences
- Professional Educator Standards Board
- Washington State Nursing Quality Assurance Commission
- Council on Social Work Education
Heritage’s main campus of 48 acres is located in the city of Toppenish, Washington, known for over 70 historical murals. Toppenish is located in Yakima County, Washington, ranking first in the United States in the number of all fruit trees. Yakima County is also known for additional agricultural products including award winning wines. It is sheltered from Western Washington’s heavy rainfall and boasts an annual average of 300 days of sunshine.
The Toppenish campus includes a total of 145,519 square feet (permanent buildings: 126,576 SF and mobile structures: 19,343 SF).
Course are also offered at Columbia Basin College (Tri-Cities) and online.
Enrollment/Student Characteristics (Fall 2017)
- Degree-seeking students total 1,010 (778 undergraduates and 232 graduate students)
- Non-Degree seeking students total 34 (12 undergraduates and 22 graduate students)
- Of the 778 degree-seeking undergraduates:
- 28% are male and 72% are female
- The average age is 24
- 14% are first-time freshmen
- 94% attend full-time; 6% attend part-time
- Reported under the following racial/ethnic categories:
- 70% Hispanic/Latino
- 7% reporting as Native American/Alaskan Native; 11% counting those reporting under “2 or more races” with tribal affiliations
- 1% Asian
- 1% Black/African American
- 15% White
- 2% Two or more races
- 2% Unknown
- 2% Nonresident alien
- 2016 entering first-time full-time freshmen cohort retention rate: 76%
- Entering 2011 class 6 year overall graduation rate: 22%
- Entering 2011 class 6 year graduation rate for bachelor’s cohort: 22%
- Entering 2009 class 8 year graduation rate for bachelor's cohort: 22%
- Entering 2007 class 10 year graduation rate for bachelor's cohort: 30%
- No arbitrary standards for grades or test scores. Applicants are evaluated for their motivation to learn, genuine desire to attend Heritage, and evidence of being able to benefit from the educational programs.
- Dual credit, transfer credit, credit for life experiences, and advanced placement credits may be accepted.
- There is not an application deadline; however students who complete their application in a timely manner receive full consideration for federal and state financial aid.
Programs of Academic Study
Heritage University offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, certificate, teacher professional certification, and online programs. Please see the University catalogue for a list and requirements for each degree.
Heritage also offers the New Horizons program for high school students. This program offers qualified students the opportunity to take free college-level courses at the Toppenish campus.
- Heritage offers approximately 350 computers on campus for student use
- E-mail accounts are provided to all students
- There is a computer repair service available on campus, as well as a Help Center and wireless network.
Financial Aid, Scholarships and Cost of Attendance
- FINANCIAL AID: In Fall 2014:
- 91% of all undergraduates received grant or scholarship aid
- 77% of all undergraduates received Pell grants
- 99% of first-time full-time degree/certificate undergraduate students received grant or scholarship aid
- 91% of first-time full-time degree/certificate seeking undergraduate students received Pell grants
- Act Six is a full-tuition, full-need scholarship for emerging community leaders who want to use their college education to make a difference on campus and in their communities at home. See http://actsix.org for more information and application deadlines.
- The Heritage Eagle Scholarship supports incoming freshmen with an expected family contribution less than $14,956. It is also available to continuing students.
- The Heritage Soar Scholarship provides recipients with full tuition plus lab fees for up to five years of study toward a bachelor's degree.Check out this video to see just how easy it is. We award a number of Heritage Soar Scholarships every year
- All students are encouraged to complete the Heritage University Academic Scholarship Application for consideration. For more information about Heritage scholarships please click here.
- COST OF ATTENDANCE (2015-16 Undergraduate, Independent, Not Living with Parent):
- Books & Supplies: $1,050
- Room & Board: $;9,780
- Other/Transportation: $4,194
Faculty (Fall 2016)
- Heritage University employs 65 full-time and 96 part-time instructional faculty.
- The student/faculty ratio is 7:1
- Meet our faculty here
Student Affairs & Support Services
The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) is a federally funded program designed for first-year college students from migrant and seasonal farm worker families. Call (509) 865-8695 or (888) 272-6190 or email email@example.com for more information.
S3 (TRiO) is a grant program funded by the federal government that offers support services to low-income, first generation students and students with disabilities whose goal is to earn a bachelor's degree within six years. Call (509) 865-0447 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Student Advocacy Program (HU Cares) is a planned intervention strategy that provides outreach and support services to promote student retention via an early alert system. Call (509) 865-0440 or (888) 272-6190 to learn more.
Counseling Services: Currently enrolled students experiencing personal issues impacting their academic performance can work with a licensed mental health and social work counselor. These services are free and totally confidential. For more information, call (509) 865-8515 or e-mail email@example.com. Students may also contact the Northwest Employee Assistance Program at (800) 321-3498 to schedule an appointment.
Students with Disabilities: The Office of Student Affairs coordinates appropriate and reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities or special needs. Students are responsible for making a formal request for appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information, call (509) 865-8515 or (888) 272-6190 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Career Services: facilitates and supports connections between employers, our students and alumni. To learn more, e-mail career email@example.com or call (509) 865-8528.
Academic Skills Center: provides free, accessible academic support to the Heritage University community. Please contact the Academic Skills Center at Eagles@heritage.edu, or (509) 865-8517.
Alumni Connections: encourages alumni to stay connected by participating in events and opportunities designed to support alumni in every stage of their lives. The Alumni Office can be reached at (509) 865-0708 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writing Center: The Writing Center provides help with any written materials and is open to everyone on campus. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can Schedule an Appointment.
Early Learning Center: For children ages 1 year to kindergarten age, the Center offers an educational experience within a nurturing environment and is licensed through the State of Washington. Fee information is available here. Please call (509) 865-8630 for additional information.
Student Life: Heritage University values the importance of students’ participation in clubs and organizations, which play an essential role in student and campus engagement. Please send an e-mail to email@example.com for more information about student life at Heritage!
- Team Name: Eagles
- Mascot: Eagle
- Colors: Heritage Blue and Heritage Gold
3240 Fort Road
Toppenish, WA 98948
Main Telephone Number: (509) 865-8500
Toll Free Number: 1-888-272-6190
Registrar – (509) 865-8509 firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial Aid – (509) 865-8502 email@example.com
Toppenish HEP Program - (509) 865-8566 HeritageHEP@heritage.edu
Development - (509) 865-8587 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Web Address: www.heritage.edu
Tri-Cities Regional Site
Heritage University at CBC
2600 North 20th Avenue