U.S. News & & World Report: UNLV Most Diverse Campus in the Country

UNLV has reached the top of U.S. News & & World Report’s annual listing of the country’s most diverse universities for undergraduates.

After two years in second, UNLV is now in a three-way tie for first in the publication’s Finest Ethnic Diversity classification launched today. UNLV has positioned in the top 10 for the past 7 years.

“The diversity of our trainee population represents the future of metropolitan public research universities,” stated UNLV President Len Jessup. “This ranking is a reflection of the altering demographics of our state and our country, and we’re happy to be at the forefront of this change.”

The Best Ethnic Variety classification recognizes colleges where trainees are most likely to encounter undergraduates from racial or ethnic groups different from their own. It kept in mind UNLV’s high percentage of Hispanic trainees, roughly 29 percent.

“Our varied student body enhances the cultural vigor of our school, bringing distinct perspectives that raise the college experience for everybody,” stated Jessup.

More than half of all undergraduate students at UNLV report becoming part of a racial or ethnic minority. The United States News ranking, which examined information from the 2016-17 academic year, calculated an increase in UNLV’s variety index from 0.74 to 0.75 on a scale of 0.1 to 1.0. UNLV was among 3 universities with a 0.75 variety index, consisting of Andrews University and Rutgers University.

In the spring, UNLV launched The Crossway, a comprehensive scholastic multicultural center for students, professors, and staff that offers gain access to and linkages to individuals, information and services. Found on the first floor of the Trainee Union, the campus resource helps students, particularly first-generation and students of color, successfully navigate their scholastic careers.

In 2015, UNLV became the very first four-year institution in Nevada to reach Hispanic registration of 25 percent, satisfying the USA Department of Education’s meaning of an Hispanic Serving Organization. The university also fulfills Minority Serving Institution requirements as an Asian American, Native-American, and Pacific-Islander-Serving Institution.

The listing considers the overall mix of Black, Hispanic, American Indian, Asian-American Pacific Islander, White and multiracial (two or more races) trainees. It does not include international students.

The “Best of Ethnic Variety” ranking was consisted of in U.S. News & & World Report’s annual list of Best Colleges. Find a link to the full report at usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings/national-universities/campus-ethnic-diversity.

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