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UNLV among nation’s leaders in undergraduate diversity

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Steve Marcus

Students walk southbound in the quad area during the first day of the fall semester at UNLV Monday, August 23, 2010.

The undergraduate student body at UNLV has been named as one of the country’s most diverse campuses by a new U.S. News & World Report study released Wednesday.

The study looked at ethnic diversity on U.S. college campuses and how often students were likely to encounter other undergraduates from different racial or ethnic groups.

UNLV tied for eighth in the study – alongside four other schools, including University of San Francisco and University of California, Riverside.

Of the 22,000 undergraduates at UNLV, 51 percent are part of a racial or ethnic minority, according to the study. Hispanic students account for the largest part of that diversity, making up 19 percent of the overall undergraduate population.

Other ethnicities considered in the study include African-Americans, American-Indians, Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Rutgers University topped the list for most diverse campus, followed by Stanford University and University of Houston.

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