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UNLV ranked among the most diverse college campuses

UNLV Students

Steve Marcus

Students are shown on UNLV campus Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021.

UNLV is one of the most diverse college campuses in the country, according to the latest annual Best Colleges rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

UNLV was part of a four-way tie for first in “campus ethnic diversity” for undergraduates, alongside Stanford University, the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and the University of San Francisco, according to rankings released today.

UNLV has consistently ranked in the top five among colleges where students are most likely to encounter other students from racial or ethnic groups different from their own. The Las Vegas university ranked second last year, fourth in 2019-20, and No. 1 in 2018-2019 and 2017-18.

"At UNLV, our incredible student diversity is one of our biggest assets, as it brings multiple perspectives to classroom and policy discussions, research labs, co-curricular activities and community conversations,” UNLV President Keith Whitfield said in a statement.

“In places where there’s more diversity, I believe there’s better learning,” he said. “As one of the nation’s most diverse universities and one that continues to rise as a top public research university, we work hard every day to improve the social mobility of our graduates and to provide opportunities and support for all of our students, staff and faculty.” 

More than 65% of UNLV’s undergraduates identify as part of a racial or ethnic minority. About 32% of students identify as Latino.

In other rankings, U.S. News placed UNLV’s School of Nursing at 43rd for undergraduate programs, 66th for master’s programs, 65th for doctoral programs, and 7th for online master’s programs.

UNLV tied for 249th in the overall rankings, an improvement of nine places from last year.